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Holiday Sauce... Booster!

Taylor Mac

a colour photo of Taylor Mac in festive drag reclining over an armchair against a green backdrop

Christmas as calamity! Holiday traditions are turned riotously on their head by the inimitable Taylor Mac, who manifests a joyous community spirit to celebrate the season in all of its dysfunction.

A virtual online reimagining of Taylor Mac’s celebrated annual holiday show, Holiday Sauce blends music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness in the most subversive and cathartic event of the year. The 2021 edition features new original music and festive classics delightfully deconstructed with the help of a spectacular band led by Music Director Matt Ray and eye-popping costumes by long-time collaborator Machine Dazzle.

For this beloved New York theatre artist and 2020 Ibsen Award winner, there is more to the holidays than rampant capitalism and gift giving, and imagination is its own spirituality. Holiday Sauce celebrates the power of chosen family and gives us a chance to honour all the families we choose to love – and who choose to love us – at this time of year.

This filmed performance will be streamed online three times only on 10, 17 and 24 Dec at 8pm. We encourage you to gather your friends and host a watch party.

Running time: 1 hour

Age guidance: Contains sexual content that may not be suitable for younger audiences

Produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings. Presented by the Barbican.

Members and Members Plus enjoy 20% off ticket prices for this show.

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No booking fee. Discounted tickets subject to availability.

Corporate Members enjoy 25% off ticket prices for this show.

2 tickets max per booking.



Aged 14–25? Join Young Barbican for free.

Discounted tickets subject to availability.


‘Casts a cathartic spell … for all those who find who find carolling, eggnog and forced family visits destabilizing‘
Los Angeles Times
‘Mac suffuses the evening with genuinely gorgeous and celebratory moments‘
DC Theatre Scene
‘Taylor Mac defies all comparisons and adjectives‘
Washington Post

How to watch

How to join the stream
Your confirmation email will contain your link to watch the show, and a ‘How it Works’ section to help you set up your stream.

We'll be streaming this pre-recorded show online across three Friday evenings at 8pm. You'll need to be ready to watch the film at 8pm or you may miss some of the show. 


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