Drag sensation Glamrou battles to merge their queer identity and Islamic heritage. In this blisteringly funny and political debut, Glamrou serenades their lover, Allah, with love songs, break-up songs and minaret-sized wigs. “Glamrou’s camp theatrics come with a political edge. It’s striking how transgressive it feels.” Guardian (4*Denim) “Glamrou is full of heart and soul.” Scotsman (5*Denim) “Glamrou, the alpha of the group, offers a very provocative take on a Muslim upbringing that’s virtually flirting with a fatwa.” Chortle (4*Denim) “Unapologetically queer and almost insultingly imaginative, Glamrou is a formidable intellectual powerhouse.” QXMagazine
Directed by Seif Abdel SalamBook Now
Glamrou the Iraqi Muslin drag sensation, will bring their debut solo hour From Quran to Queen to the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A semi-autobiographical blend of stand-up, cabaret and storytelling theatre, this unique and hilarious show from a remarkable upcoming talent - perhaps best known on stage as a member of acclaimed drag supergroup Denim- is the perfect story for an increasingly polarised world where hatred is on the rise, and love, tolerance, and someone just taking the piss out of the whole thing, is in short supply.
From Quran to Queen sees Glamrou recount their remarkable life story, structured around the five daily prayers of Islam, with each prayer represented by a song – a pastiche pop banger telling the story of a specific period of Glamrou’s formative years.
Inspired by the story arc of a typical Romcom, From Quran to Queen tells the tale of a devout Muslim childhood, the discovery of a seemingly immutable conflict between sexuality and religion, desertion of Islam and attempted embrace of ‘Liberal’ Western Culture (or ‘whiteness’) via a scholarship to Eton, feelings of regret when whiteness wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and finally a way of consolidating Islam with a queer identity... with a little help from Mother.
Hilarious, acid-tongued and fabulous, Glamrou’s biography nonetheless flirts with such issues as racism, homophobia, islamophobia, transphobia and how the surprising levels of inherent queerness in Islam can reconcile conflicting identities.
From Quran to Queen is made in collaboration with Young Vic associate directors Nadia Latif and Seif Abdel Salam. Glamrou is the drag alter-ego of Amrou Al-Kadhi, the writer and performer whose first book Unicorn has just been published by 4th Estate Books, and who has features in development with Film4, BFI and BBC Film.Book Now
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