How To Drink Wine Like A Wanker is an intimate theatre experience – part performance, part storytelling, part wine tasting.
As a first-time writer, I had no idea how to approach the process. The show’s title is clearly an example of an idea registered as a Fringe event well and truly before it was created. And in all honesty, at the time, I was firmly set on writing a comic experience drawing on some of the more ridiculous experiences I had when I found myself lost post ending my corporate career. But as I wrote, a completely different story was forcing its way to the surface, and I found it impossible not to follow its narrative.
I was never convinced the story had legs, but the depth and complexity of its structure and the intimacy of its delivery was something I personally wanted to experience, and I wanted to share the journey with others.
Its success was unprecedented, having sold every show in my debut season and being offered a spot in the Edinburgh Fringe.
Now in its third year of performing, How To Drink Wine Like A Wanker has sold out every performance ever scheduled in Adelaide, and has been received with rave reviews and a number of sell-out performances at both the Edinburgh Fringe and the Melbourne Fringe.
I think its appeal comes from its raw honesty. It is fun, its confronting and intimate, and it tells a story that is completely unremarkable, but so terribly common. It touches every member of the audience in a different way. And beyond all else, it is simple. There is nothing but one woman, her story and six exceptional wines.
I’m a huge fan of Bondi Festival’s warm, intimate and inclusive approach.
I love its contemporary and creative focus on sensory and immersive experiences, and knew it was exactly the right festival to nurture the experience of How To Drink Wine Like A Wanker. So when I had an opportunity to very briefly meet Rachel, I just knew I had to pitch my show to her. Two minutes of sell-time is never enough, but thankfully Rachel saw what Wanker has to offer, and, well the rest is history.
– Anna Thomas