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Calling All 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Fans: Bianca Del Rio Is Touring Down Under This Year

The sixth-season winner is bringing her latest comedy show 'Unsanitized!' to nine cities cities across Australia and New Zealand.
By Sarah Ward
April 29, 2022
By Sarah Ward
April 29, 2022

Hurricane Bianca is coming to town — to nine cities Down Under to liven up our winter and spring, in fact. The fabulously quick-witted RuPaul's Drag Race season-six winner heads our way on her fifth global comedy tour, fittingly called Unsanitized!. The also supremely apt tagline: "she's vaxxed, she's waxed and she has more attitude than ever".

If anyone can help us all make sense of the past couple of years — and look devastating and sling cutting barbs while doing so, naturally — it's the drag queen that became a worldwide favourite back in 2013. She had fierce competition during her season of RuPaul's Drag Race, including from Australia's own Courtney Act; however, Del Rio's devilish snark and timing are clearly impossible to beat.

First hitting Brisbane's QPAC Concert Hall on Wednesday, August 31, Del Rio will sling her cutting insults — and her larger-than-life persona in general — across big theatre gigs in both Australia and New Zealand. Her next stops: Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, which'll take the Down Under leg of Unsanitized! through to mid-September.

It's been a massive few years for the dimple-cheeked performer also known as Roy Haylock, with Unsanitized! following her last tour It's Jester Joke — which saw her become the first drag queen to headline Carnegie Hall and Wembley Arena. (Yes, she sold out both venues.) And, she hit the West End stage in the musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, and also pops up in the film version as well.

Watching that stage-to-screen flick, old Drag Race episodes, or 2016 comedy Hurricane Bianca and its 2018 sequel Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate is obviously fantastic preparation for Unsanitized! — but, as you'll know if you've seen her live before, there's nothing like seeing Del Rio in the flesh.


Wednesday, August 31 — QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
Saturday, September 3 — State Theatre, Sydney
Monday, September 5 — Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Wednesday, September 7 — Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Friday, September 9 — Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Saturday, September 10 — Astor Theatre, Perth
Tuesday, September 13 — James Hay Theatre, Christchurch
Wednesday, September 14 — The Opera House, Wellington
Friday, September 16 — Auckland Town Hall, Auckland

Bianca Del Rio's Unsanitized! tour heads around Australia and New Zealand in August and September 2022. For more information or to buy tickets from Friday, May 6, head to the tour website.

Published on April 29, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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