Len Blanco is the drag king of your dreams. Woke. Feminist. Vegan (Monday to Thursday). The voice of his generation. He just wants to talk to you. For god’s sake let him talk to you.
In his musical comedy cabaret, this recovering boy band member and drag king amongst men will be exclusively revealing just how far he’s come since the 90s. (Spoiler: not very far). Blanco’s larger-than-life debut solo show will deliver live vocals, live lip-sync, live choreography straight out of your favourite music videos, and a whole lotta party vibes. Back off Backstreet Boys, Len’s got this. This isn’t the end of the road. He’s back for good. And he wants it that way.
Len Blanco makes his Vault Festival debut after being a finalist in Man Up 2017 and appearing on BBC 1’s All Together Now. The show is a collaboration with theatre director Freyja Winterson and has been supported by Soho Theatre's Young Company Edinburgh Lab.
Helen White performs as drag king Len Blanco, and is a theatremaker and songwriter. They create musical, humorous and subversively gendered performances for all audiences, including families. They recently performed Len Blanco: Firing Blancs, a debut solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and will soon be playing Dionysus in Shotgun Carousel’s Divine Proportions at the Vaults, September 2018 – January 2019.
Helen has worked with and performed at Ovalhouse, Soho Theatre, Pleasance, the Albany, Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club and The Glory, including at the National Theatre’s River Stage as part of The Glory takeover weekend in July 2017, and is an alumnus of the Soho Young Company and former Roundhouse Resident Artist.
Freyja Winterson is a theatre director, co-artistic director of Yet Another Carnival (associate company at Storyhouse) and Youth Theatre Programme Director at the Orange Tree Theatre. Freyja trained at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and Bolton Octagon. Her debut piece, The Neighbourhood Project, won the Liz York Award for Outstanding Practice. She is currently developing A Dad’s Guide to Losing A Child and is lead artist on When The Light Goes Out, a large scale performance project for Cheshire East Council. Freyja has directed work at VAULT, the Old Red Lion, Camden People’s Theatre and Theatre 503.
Performer: Helen White
Director: Freyja Winterson
Co-created by Helen White and Freyja Winterson
Bechdel Theatre on Firing Blancs at Edinburgh Fringe 2018:
“Len Blanco is a drag king with a story to tell, but before he does it, he makes us feel all of the teenage thrills of watching our favourite pop star take to the stage.”
“Len Blanco’s clever creator Helen White challenges the length, depth, and girth of the commitment of Good Feminist Guys to the cause.”
Praise for other work:
“It’s really the overwhelming talent of Dionysus (Helen White) that leaves the best taste in our mouth”
**** TimeOut, 2018
“Helen’s also got a fabulous voice, and an infectious streak of mischief draws laughter, surprise, and even sighs of deep satisfaction from the assembled congregation.”
Exeunt Magazine, 2018
“Our Host, Helen White, is gorgeously convincing and super confident in her material [... ] hardly anyone stopped laughing and she could clearly command attention on a much bigger stage.”
**** Broadway Baby, 2017