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New Zealand television
since 1987

Australian Samoan artist returns to Tamaki Makaurau for his latest show Briefs: Dirty Laundry

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Kendall Vano | Reporter

In a unique blend of Burlesque, Circus, Cabaret, and Drag Show, and after a decade of captivating audiences worldwide, the Briefs ensemble is back with “Briefs: Dirty Laundry.”

It promises to bring on the laughter, smiles, and tears as it delves deep into the concept of airing out personal stories from each performer while engaging the audience led by Fez Fa’anana himself as the charismatic Shivanana, 

Fez, who hails from Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, has come a long way to become the art director, MC, and choreographer he is today. 

“Growing up as the youngest of six siblings, my parents migrated from Samoa to New Zealand. We spent some time in Auckland before finally settling in Australia.”

Fez Fa’anana and his naughty posse in action. Photo: Naomi Reed – canberratimes.com.au

His parents supported his artistic aspirations with the condition that he would have the opportunities to support himself. Fez recalls a pivotal moment when his mother met with his drama teachers and how he was taken back by her engagement. 

“I was initially worried at first. I thought she might discourage my kind of pursuit into art. To my surprise, he realised that she was acting out of concern for his future, ensuring that there would be job opportunities for him. 

This experience fueled his determination to merge his passion for the performing arts with his Samoan culture and family heritage as Fez says they go hand-in-hand when proudly slipping subtle hints of his culture throughout his performances. 

Fez acknowledges the ever-evolving landscape of rainbow drag performers in the next generation and admits feeling a tad “old” amidst their inventive dance routines. 

He says, “that’s why I like dressing up in elaborate dresses and costumes; I don’t have to move as much anymore.”

Briefs: Dirty Laundry is set to be a night to remember, showcasing Fez Faanana’s remarkable journey from a small-town dreamer to an international sensation.

Briefs: Dirty Laundry will be showcased at the Q Theatre from 16 November – 9 December 2023. Get your tickets here.

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