Denim: World Tour (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

Denim: World Tour

A feelgood drag show with a serious message to impart

'I am Denim. You am Denim. We am Denim.' Humour and inclusivity are established from the beginning as Denim – Cambridge Uni's premier drag group-turned-nationwide sensation – address an audience they've fooled themselves into believing is Wembley.

Launching into a Gaga medley ('Queens doing Gaga? Welcome to the most progressive show on the Fringe!'), they introduce us to their girl-band personae including the beautiful one with a hilariously deep voice, the right-on but misguided rebel one, the pretty princess one. On top of the between-song skits, however, their vocal chops can't be denied. 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.

At one point, they state that you can be any kind of queen (or any queen in between) and this, more than the songs or comedy, is what Denim are about. While the audience whoops and finger-snaps at their fierceness, Glamrou ('the Muslim Iraqi immigrant queen living here in the UK') reminds us of the dire circumstances which LGBT+ people still face. It's something that can easily be forgotten when focusing on glitter beards, perfect asses and gender-fucking. Yet the show is never preachy, and the singalong finale is one feelgood fabulous bop.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug, 9pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Denim: World Tour

  • 4 stars

Granville and Parham and United Agents present… It's pop in a dazzling new costume. It's drag as you've never experienced before. Drag supergroup Denim are hitting Edinburgh on their one-stop world tour. Revel in Denim's unique brand of explosive pop in their hotly-anticipated Edinburgh debut. Join Denim as they give back…