Sunday 22 October 2017

Panti Bliss is set to star in her own TV show

Panti Bliss stars in Riot
Panti Bliss stars in Riot
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Drag Queen Panti Bliss has sold the film and TV rights for her memoir ‘Woman in the Making’ to a US production company.

Panti is currently in the process of writing a screenplay with the company which will be set  in a gay bar similar to the one she runs on Dublin’s Capel Street.

However, she says the series will not be strictly based on the book.

“It is fictional-ish,” Rory O’Neill aka Panti Bliss said. “It is a comedy drama. I will be Panti in it and draw on my vast back catalogue of embarrassing stories.”

The dazzlingly talented Panti Bliss stars in the show ‘Riot’
The dazzlingly talented Panti Bliss stars in the show ‘Riot’

O’Neill only signed off on the project recently but says it will screen in the UK and possibly in the US.

“The TV series is not actually about the book but they are locking all that stuff off so that no one else can use it,” he explained.

O’Neill was approached by two productions companies but opted with the one he believed had a better understanding of him and his drag queen persona.

“We are still working it all out,” O’Neill told Ray D’Arcy on his radio show.

“They are a big impressive company they have the money to say let’s just go and do it. It’s a new thing for me writing for TV. It’s exciting.”

Panti will bring her global show High Heels in Low Places to the Abbey stage on 30 April 2017.

The show traces Panti’s journey from small-town country boy to becoming the Queen of Ireland.

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