Underbelly: Belly Laugh – 3rd – 27th August
“I think they’re called Denim” – Kate Moss
It’s time for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to meet drag super-group DENIM as they hit the city on their one-stop world tour at the Underbelly from the 3rd – 27th August.
Join Glamrou, Crystal, Shirley Du Naughty, Elektra Cute and Aphrodite Greene as they bring their brand of explosive pop to the Scottish capital, tackling adversity with their own unique blend of glamour, intelligence and humour. Hilarious, stylish and intelligent, the DENIM girls take audiences on a journey of adventure, led by Glamrou, who fights Islamophobia in the West and the homophobic rejection by their Muslim parents, by performing with their drag family to fulfil their dream of starring in a world tour, even if it’s on a wobbly stage in a leaky room under a bridge in Edinburgh. It’s drag as you’ve never experienced it before.
DENIM was founded by Amrou Al-Kadhi from Dubai whilst studying at Cambridge University and the group now operate as one. With the aim of bringing the art of drag to a wider audience who have never seen drag before, the group seeks to win them over with their colourful way of life and positive attitude. Now sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and Bumble and Bumble, DENIM are rainbow-coloured Trojan horses taking on the institution. They have been performing to audiences around the UK for the last six years, including at iconic performance spaces such as Leicester Square’s 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 at famed Peruvian photographer Mario Testino’s 60th birthday and did a secret set with Florence and the Machine at Glastonbury the year that she headlined. DENIM have just ended a sell-out residency at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel in London. They are represented by United Agents.
Amrou Al-Kadhi is British-Iraqi writer and drag performer, who has written and starred in the short film Nightstand, produced by Stephen Fry and screened at cinemas nationwide and at various festivals including the BAFTA recognised London Short Film Festival, Oscar qualifying Athens International Film and Video Festival and LGBT festivals all over the world. Amrou is currently co-writing and will star in a comedy TV series entitled Nefertiti, produced by Big Talk for Channel 4, as well as writing a feature film entitled Abigail & Gabriel for BBC Films. They had a cameo in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and roles in HBO’s Transporter and in Steven Spielberg’s Munich as well as theatrical productions at The Kings Head and The Bush Theatre. Amrou also writes for the Soho Theatre where they perform their stand-up as a member of their Writers and Comedy Labs.
What the press have said about Denim:
“God Save those Queens.” ★★★★★ Varsity
“breathlessly funny…everyone can gain something from seeing this super-talented super troupe.” ★★★★ Theatre Perform
“London’s hottest new girl band” Vice
“The Queens steal the show” Evening Standard
“A hysterical cabaret-musical” Vogue
Dates: 3rd – 27th August 2017 (not 14th)
Show: Denim: The World Tour
Venue: Underbelly: Belly Laugh
Address: 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JX
Price: Preview: £6.50, Weekday: £10/£9, Weekend: £11/£10
Box office: www.underbelly.co.uk