Former Tokyo club scene doyenne PANTI is Ireland's foremost gender illusionist.
Creating and touring critically acclaimed, sell-out live shows since 2007 to packed houses throughout the UK, Sydney, Paris, New York and Sarejevo, Panti’s High Heels in Low Places is a comedic response to the ‘Pantigate’ media maelstrom that erupted earlier this year- and the ensuing Marriage Equality Referendum.
Panti asserted on National TV that campaigners for LGBT citizens to have lesser rights, were in effect homophobic. Those named threatened to sue and were paid damages. Support for Panti ensued, from the houses of parliament to the front pages of the national newspapers.
In an act of solidarity, the Abbey Theatre invited Panti to speak. Her speech about oppression and homophobia went viral, with celebrities including Graham Norton, Stephen Fry, Martina Navratalova, Alan Cumming, RuPaul and Madonna sending support and solidarity. This stirring speech was instrumental in the Referendum’s success.