MAN UP strikes Edinburgh!

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The contest will hold a Scottish heat!

Date: Sunday 22nd March

Just when we thought skirts were a thing of the past, it looks like kilts could be on their way…

Jonny Woo is delighted to announce that The Glory’s drag king battle MAN UP are taking their Cuban heels to the Scottish capital for a special heat at Summer Hall.

There has already been huge interest from Scottish kings who – in the same vein as a London MAN UP heat – have the opportunity to present a four minute number on Sunday 22nd March – in front of guest judges. One will win a place in The Grand final. The Glory will support the Heat winner’s travel and accommodation to help the lucky king come down to London and give it their best shot in the notorious £1000 cash Final on Thursday 9th April at EARTH in Hackney.

MAN UP is multi-disciplinary which means contestants could lip sync to a pop song, or sing live, tell some stand up, or simply do a dance piece, or perhaps perform a skit – whatever they fancy!

The evening will be hosted by Glory co-owner and MAN UP founder Jonny Woo, along with Oasis-inspired Edinburgh king duo Oasissy.

Scotland has a few good pop culture references when it comes to drag king vibes … Including of course androgynous pop-icon Annie Lennox, Texas front-woman Sharleen Spiteri who enjoys impersonating Elvis, and Wet Wet Wet in a parallel universe could have been a drag king super group. There are some wonderful literary figures to draw inspiration from too: J.K.Rowling’s characters have been known to appear in drag king shows, Muriel Spark was no stranger to same-sex shenanigans, while Robert Louis Stevenson explored masculinity in famous stories such as Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. Let’s see what the Scottish lads come up with in late March!

MAN UP London hosts Don One and Adam All wish their kingly friends in the highlands the best of luck on the night and cannot wait to greet the Heat winner down here in London when they take to the big stage in the final.