Denim: Promising Young Drag Queens, But Nothing Unique

Denim: World Tour, Soho Theatre ★★★☆☆

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Denim: Promising Young Drag Queens, But Nothing Unique Denim: World Tour, Soho Theatre 3

Promising a “unique brand of explosive pop”, drag quintet Denim have taken their well-received Wembley Arena parody show to Soho Theatre. Singing only cover songs and sporting the “unpolished” style of drag that begs to be called amateur, it is hard to spot anything unique. A five-member girl group who caricature facets of their personality to create larger-than-life identities is hardly new even if the girls have to tuck beforehand

The five are clearly talented. They sing (well) instead of lip-synching, they have an awareness of comic timing, and some of the routines are intelligently conceived. In fact, the whole concept of the group is intelligent and humorous but the execution is so poorly edited or curated that it appears wildly sloppy at times.

These are women with some important and timely messages to convey. Rather than use their creativity, humour, art or talent (which they clearly have) to convey these messages, they are shouted (literally!) or made so plainly obvious that all import and poignancy is lost. Being creative, humorous, artistic or talented does not negate the need for professionalism to a paying audience.

If you are hoping to support some promising young drag queens, this a wonderful opportunity. Otherwise, their “unique brand” can be found at any other London drag club night.

Denim: World Tour, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE. Until Saturday 3 February 2018.

Last Updated 31 January 2018