With an original book and lyrics by the musical comedy award winning Rebecca Humphries, Prom Kween is a coming of age comedy for those who hit that age years ago.
It’s got it all; the jocks, the nerds, the mean girls……and RuPaul Charles. Yes hunties – RuPaul Charles.
It’s a show for any kid who took their glasses off and still didn’t feel pretty. Any kid who couldn’t understand why being a bitch made boys like you. Any kid who questioned what it meant to be beautiful.
It’s a story of falling in love; with who you are.
Part parody, part homage to the American-High-School genre, ‘Prom Kween’ satirises modern day America and its contradictions surrounding what is acceptable. This is a country whose new President wants to build a wall round Mexico, while the highest rated reality programme is a race to become America’s next famous Drag Queen. Go figure.
Performed by a cast of 6 and with minimal set and props we propose to bring to life the early stages of this musical via clowning, comedy, stand up and song.
Think Grease meets Hairspray meets a Trump rally meets RuPaul’s Drag Race. With sequins. Lots of sequins.
In 2014 Rebecca Humphries, Jo Cichonska and Sam Swann came together with the aim to reinvent musical comedy. Their debut show ‘Dizney Rascal’ subsequently sold out the entire Edinburgh run, was the Scotsman’s ‘Pick of the Fringe’ and was performed live on BBC3’s ‘Edinburgh Comedy Spectacular’ which led to a UK tour. Rebecca went on to win the 2015 Musical Comedy Award-scooping both the Judges first prize and the Audience’s favourite. ‘Prom Queen’ is their highly anticipated follow up.
In 2016 they joined forces with renowned producer/fellow lover of the form Áine Flanagan (‘Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho’, ‘How to Win Against History’), and as a unit they intend to set the VAULT festival ablaze with their unique passion for all things fabulous.
‘She is hard to beat’ ★★★★ Beyond the joke
‘Humphries is a real star in the making….the feel good show of the fringe’ ★★★★ Time Out
Rebecca Humphries: Book and Lyrics
Training: LAMDA. Theatre includes Pomona (National/Royal Exchange), Temple (Donmar), Wild Honey (Hampstead), Prime Time (Royal Court). On television Rebecca has starred in Big Bad World (Comedy Central), Cockroaches (ITV2) and her newest sitcom ‘The Agency’ (BBC2). In 2015 she won the Musical Comedy Award for her sell out hit Dizney Rascal.
Tim Gardner: Composer and MD
Training: Goldsmiths. Credits as an MD include Little Shop of Horrors, 3 Steps Beyond (Goldsmiths).Credits as a musician include Nocturne at Bestival, Buckingham Palace private event (that’s right).Tim is currently writing the music and designing sound for a play at Kings.
Jo Cichonska: Composer
Jo trained at Durham and Mountview. Her credits as an MD include Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre), and Oliver (Leicester Curve), and Side Show (Southwark Playhouse).
The show will preview at Hackney Showroom, dates TBC
Tickets for Edinburgh Fringe can be bought from Underbelly’s website