I didn’t really think I’d ever want to take Seren to a show about five pop princesses. I remember the day one of my best friends, someone who I thought knew me well, gifted my daughter an Angelina Ballerina tutu outfit. There was an inevitability that there would be a Disney Princess stage. Now she’s nine, we’re through it, and yet I found adding Denim: The Denim Juniors to our Edinburgh Fringe wishlist. And I’m so glad we did.
The twist here is that The Denim Juniors are a pop group of five drag queens. And yes, I probably didn’t explain this well enough to Seren in advance. Her facial experience continually changed between bemusement, amusement, enjoyment and confusion. Because this was the thing, with fantastic music and powerful messages it was difficult to really do anything but find complete enjoyment.
Now attuned to the slogans ‘Gender is a construct’, and my favourite for my daughter ‘the bravest thing you can be is yourself’. I’m hoping that Seren has taken something from the show. She is already completely strong of mind where I am concerned. But, as she goes into her peer group each day, I’m hoping she’ll remember so much of the stories she’s heard.
The joy of The Denim Juniors is the stories within the cabaret act. I hope she’ll remember the glitter bearded Crystal talking about body positivity. Whilst she might have had to sit through Let It Go, I’m hopeful Electra’s story of being everything she is inside will resonate on the day’s Seren struggles with whether being different is ok. And I’d like to think there will never be a day where I don’t welcome the colour of Seren’s scales.
And even if all of that went over Seren’s head, which I actually don’t think it did. I know Seren was entertained and we both enjoyed a good blitz through some of our favourite hits. Seren rated this Denim Juniors an eight out of ten. Because there were quite a few of the songs she didn’t know. But to be honest, I’d like to think my enjoyment of Livin’ on a Prayer was enough for the both of us.
Denim: The Denim Juniors is at Assembly George Square Gardens as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can catch the performance at 1635 until Sunday 19th August 2018.
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