Soho Theatre and United Agents present
DENIM: The Reunion Tour
Assembly Theatre: Piccolo Tent: 2nd – 26th August: 10.30pm
“I think they’re called Denim” – Kate Moss
“London’s hottest new girl band” – VICE
“Denim are a quintet of queens with voices as true as their wigs are fake. They are knowing, they are funny and they take songs you love and turn them into songs you love even more.” – The Scotsman ★★★★★
They’re back! After exploding onto the Fringe scene in 2017, global phenomenon DENIM return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Soho Theatre for their one-stop bigger-better-badder global reunion tour from the 2nd to the 26th August.
After a sell-out global stadium pop tour that started spectacularly at the Edinburgh Fringe and came to an earth-shattering finale after a month long run in the main-space of Soho Theatre – DENIM broke up. Humanity has been in mourning, flowers refused to bloom and Levi’s stopped production of their 501s in tribute to DENIM’s greatness. Pop fans across Planet Earth have been shrouded in sorrowful black funeral wear since the colour and vivacity of DENIM left their lives.
But cry no more as the five queens will reunite, returning to where it all begun to start it all over again! The phenomenal talents of Glamrou La Denim, Aphrodite Greene neé Jones, Crystal OBE, Elektra Cute & Shirley DuNaughty are to grace the Edinburgh Festival Fringe once more with their presence.
DENIM are an all-singing, all-dancing, all laugh-inducing queer pop girl band for the ages. The Denim Queens are back in fighting force to give the people what they want in this one-night-one-stop whirl-wind stadium tour all month in Assembly Theatre extravagant Piccolo Tent for their comeback show: The comeback show of the century directed by Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director Steve Marmion. Join the Queens as they bring their brand of explosive pop to the capital, tackling adversity with their own unique blend of glamour, intelligence and humour. It’s drag as you’ve never experienced it before.
DENIM were founded whilst the group were at university and are made up of Amrou Al-Kadhi, Guy Woolf, Charlie Parham, Hugh Wyld & Tom Rasmussen. Each Queen has a different story and identity. Glamrou is about showing you can be queer and Muslim, no matter what people think in a time of global Islamophobia, Crystal is about showing the world that working class people can rise to the top (just like cream!) and become show-stopping popstars. Shirley is a perfect pink princess but in the mould of Dolly and Kylie – there is steel within (and she might have been extremely bad in her past). Aphrodite may have some presidential skeletons in her closet but is dedicated to being the best mom she can to her strapping sons. And Elektra wants to bring down this capitalist scum society – from the comfort of her dad’s Kensington mansion. Denim are all about showing the power of being true to your identity in a time of global division. And having the best goddamn party at the same time!
Sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and Bumble and Bumble, DENIM are a rainbow-coloured Trojan horse determined to take on The Institution. They have been performing to audiences around the UK for the last six years and had their debut at the Edinburgh Fringe to rave reviews and sell-out shows in 2017.
They have performed at many iconic spaces including The Arts Theatre, The Trafalgar Studios and Bethnal Green’s Working Men’s Club. Headlining the Port Eliot Festival with their drag show about escaping social exclusion, watched by nearly 150 children under the age of 12 and led to DENIM modelling in drag for a children’s life drawing class, they also performed a secret set with Florence and the Machine at Glastonbury the year that she headlined. DENIM have had sell-out residencies at Soho Theatre and at Crazy Coqs at London’s Brasserie Zedel throughout 2017.
Following on from the successes of 2017, Denim’s very own Tom Rasmussen (Crystal) and Amrou Al-Kadhi (Glamrou) have been commissioned separately to enter the canon of queer literature with their very own book deals with Ebury and 4th Estate The group are also developing their own mockumentary-style comedy-drama television series with major UK television production company Red Planet Pictures.
These queens know no limits. Denim are represented by Kitty Laing at United Agents.
What the press have said about Denim:
“This is a fabulous show…. Okay this is not Wembley but we have Wembley-sized love for them.”” ★★★★★ The Scotsman
“Confronted with glamour, exceptional vocals and beautiful harmonies, the real magic of this show is its intelligent composition and conclusion. We live in a world where we can no longer ignore the many adversities with which we are now confronted. Behind the music, production and make-up lies a political power pop band making a stand with a rallying battle cry for love, tolerance and inclusion. Sisters and brothers, let’s get in formation.”
★★★★★ Entertainment Focus
“These queens can really sing: pitch-perfect harmonies mixed with deliberately over-the-top earnestness in an on-point imitation of pop stars throughout the ages.” ★★★★ The List
“If the arches of the Underbelly had roofs they would surely tear them off.” ★★★★ Fest
“Denim does what a great drag should do: it subverts expectations. This Spice Girls-esque band is glamorous and intelligent, performing drag tropes in entirely new and creative ways, delivering show-stopping numbers and witty one liners again and again.” ★★★★ Broadway Baby
“God Save those Queens.” ★★★★★ Varsity
“Breathlessly funny…everyone can gain something from seeing this super-talented super troupe.”
★★★★ Theatre Perform
“The Queens steal the show” London Evening Standard
“A hysterical cabaret-musical” Vogue
“Pop legends in their own minds, this swaggering five-piece retool Whitney and Beyonce songs in a smart, uplifting knees up. It’s all done with a great sense of fun – and a remarkably light touch given the bombastic, stadium-party-pop conceit” ★★★★ The Guardian
Dates: 2nd-26th August (not 14th or 25th)
Show: Denim: The Reunion Tour
Venue: Assembly Theatre, Piccolo Tent
Address: George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ
Time: 10:30pm (60 minutes)
Box office: www.assemblyfestival.com / www.edfringe.com / 0131 226 0000