Set in the atmospheric and buzzing Underbelly, or Denim’s debut Edinburgh Fringe show is an instant success. From the first moment the drag super-group came onto the stage they mesmerised the audience with their charisma and talent. This – paired with their fantastic costumes, ranging from sequinned two pieces to pink glitter beards – created a stunning effect. The group went on to prove that they were a triple threat, enthralling the audience with their coordinated dancing and phenomenal voices.
Denim were naturally funny and had many of the audience members almost in tears of laughter. As a group they were vibrant and worked flawlessly as a team but also performed solos which offered insight into their drag alter ego. Some of these solos were fictitious and light hearted whereas others dealt with the hardships of being an out gay man in relation to culture and religion. Whilst this can be a heavy subject, Denim managed to make it funny while simultaneously making people understand the gravity of the situation. This versatility, as well as beautifully sung power ballads about individuality and belonging, was moving and thought provoking.
The constant energy in the room was upheld not only by the group, but by the audience who joined in with the singing and dancing, creating a fantastic atmosphere. When the show ended it was clear to see that the audience did not want it to be, everyone left the show in elated spirits. Denim: World Tour is a show not to be missed this Fringe.
Words: Emily Phillips
Denim: World Tour, Underbelly Cowgate, Aug 6-27 (Not 14), 9pm