Who are we?
Len Gwyn (formerly Helen White): co-creator, writer, performer, producer
Freyja Winterson: co-creator, director
Molly Beth Morossa: emotional fallout control, production and creative oracle, maths
Len Blanco: Len Gwyn’s drag king alter ego and the reason we’re all in this mess
What are we doing?
Len Blanco is the modern man of your dreams: Woke. Feminist. Vegan (Monday to Thursday). 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, and live choreo. VAULT Festival After Dark nominee, Man Up finalist, as seen on BBC One's All Together Now. 'Joyous and completely original drag' ***** (WithinHerWords.co.uk).
Len and Freyja have been developing Len Blanco: Firing Blancs since 2018, when we took an early version of it up to Edinburgh Fringe for a week. Since then it has been rewritten for VAULT Festival and now with Molly’s invaluable help we are taking Len Blanco: Firing Blancs up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.
Some people have said these nice things about the show:
“The songs… delivered with a terrific singing voice… are witty, sending up the traditional boy band ballad with fresh observational humour… White knows how to work an audience and there are some cracking audience interaction moments” QueerGuru.com
“Len Blanco: Firing Blancs is outstanding.” *****WithinHerWords.com
What’s the situation?
Taking a show up to the Edinburgh Fringe can cost thousands of sweet British pounds - venue fees, accommodation, marketing, moustaches, bubbles, and balloons are just a few of the costs involved. Being a drag king is absurd. And bafflingly, the bank has declined to give us limitless free cash.
Blanco has been singing, dancing and inanely chatting his little Welsh heart out around London for the past three years and is finally ready for a big Edinburgh run, so we really want to smash it out of the park. The more help we can get, the easier it will be for Len to focus on bringing the goods to audiences in Scotland, which include people in the industry who could invest in the career of a drag king making long form, multi-disciplinary work.
We’re pretty happy with where Firing Blancs is artistically, but Len's going to write more jokes and rehearse the show until it’s squeaky, spick, span and spectacular, then preview it at 2Northdown on June 16th and The Glory on July 23rd - come along!
On July 11th we’ll be hosting a wild evening of cabaret, stand up and music at Mirth, Marvel & Maud to celebrate and raise even more funds. It would be amazing to see you there if you can make it. We’re going to giggle our nips off.
Len is one of very few drag kings in the UK (or maybe anywhere) making long-form work. They do it to challenge stereotypes of masculinity, explore their own gender identity, and contribute as much humour and silliness as possible to feminist debates. And obviously to live out their childhood dream of being in a boyband:
Risks and challenges
The main risk is that we won’t sell as well as we hope - the Fringe is a highly competitive environment and we’ll have to work hard to connect with audiences who have a huge choice of shows to see. Luckily we’re on at a great time and in a great venue with Pay What You Want prices, which all helps to draw a crowd. It means we don’t know how we’ll come out of the Fringe financially, but all the work of connecting with relevant people can be done without cash on tap.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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