Denim: The Denim Juniors
- Thom Dibdin
- 5 August 2018
This article is from 2018.
Drag show for young audience pops with glitter and a big dose of inclusivity
Bold and brash – at least on the outside – the five drag queens of supergroup Denim descend on Edinburgh for just one more gig in front of their adoring fans, the Denim Juniors.
Wrapped up in the pretence of a super-gig in front of thousands, they bring an hour of cleverly re-tooled pop songs and a properly exuberant mix of gender politics and glitter. It's pitched at just the right level for 5–10 year olds, with the odd line (mostly about paying for merchandise) that will resonate with parents.
Man, woman, princess, queen and diva, Denim's stage personas are just as real as any teen group. Maybe even more so. Once past the big crowd-pleasers such as 'Barbie Girl' (and a couple of numbers for the parents), they drop into serious mode with a story about fitting in and a truly wonderful spoken-word pastiche which leads into a buzzing take on 'Let It Go'.
There's a routine where audience members get a drag makeover and quite a bit of interaction, but it's the quintet's voices that really make it work. And this is drag for the junior generation which, without being rude or saucy, says loud and proud, that queens just wanna have fun.
Assembly George Square Gardens, until 19 Aug (not 13), 4.35pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).