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For the past two years, world-renowned drag artists and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum, BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon have owned the holiday season with their critically-acclaimed sold-out holiday tours (To Jesus, Thanks for Everything and All I Want for Christmas Is Attention). With stage shows out of the question in 2020, these two legendary queens are bringing their high camp holiday magic to your homes with The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special, a 60-minute musical special that is made for the screen, available via video on demand on December 1, worldwide and exclusively in the UK and Ireland on Soho Theatre On Demand, and worldwide and exclusively in the US on jinkxanddela.com.
Filmed safely under CDC guidelines in September on a Seattle soundstage, this marks the first film project directed, co-written and executive produced by BenDeLaCreme under her production company, BenDeLaCreme Presents.
The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special is the story of two queens who set out to create a classic Christmas TV variety show, but just can’t agree on how. With the help of a chorus of dancers and DeLa’s deceased grandmother – whose spirit lives on in a glass of eggnog – DeLa tries her hardest to uphold the cheery Christmas traditions of her childhood, while Jinkx is much more interested in bawdy jokes and boozy libations. As they sing and dance their way through numbers about everything from St. Nick to the Christ child, the tension between them mounts, culminating in an all-out battle for control of the show. After some insight into the ghosts of their very different Christmas pasts, and with the help of a mysterious naked man with a surprising holiday secret, the two realise that tradition can be whatever we make of it, and family is whomever we choose. This campy, side-splitting romp is equal parts sacrilegious and sweet, with a sharp tongue and a heart of gold. The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special is sure to be a new holiday tradition for all the lost toys who know that the best traditions are the ones we create ourselves.
Following on from last year’s holiday tour, All I Want for Christmas Is Attention, in Manchester, London and Glasgow, DeLa decided to produce and direct a holiday film in the style of her favourite classic TV specials.
BenDeLaCreme says, ‘If there’s anybody who knows how to adapt with the times and create art while facing adversity, it’s drag queens. I have been producing and directing theatre for myself and other queer artists for years, and getting to make my first foray into producing and directing film for ‘The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special’ has been an experience I will never forget.’
BenDeLaCreme is excited to be the first Drag Race alumnus to produce, direct, and co-write a narrative feature film in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jinkx and DeLa lead the charge in a dazzling surrealist world populated with some of Seattle’s finest performers in theatre, dance, burlesque, and puppetry. BenDeLaCreme Presents is thrilled to have assembled an all-star cast and crew.
On COVID restrictions, BenDeLaCreme adds, ‘Our cast and crew, along with our amazing COVID supervisor, made sure we all kept each other safe by wearing masks, maintaining distance, and getting tested regularly while we quarantined together for 3 weeks. I moved to L.A. at the start of the pandemic with my partner Gus – who’s also a key producer on the project – so getting to come back to Seattle and reunite with my queer creative family was so needed. I couldn’t have accomplished this without having the love and passion for drag as our foundation.’
The show will be available for 48-hour streaming for £10, with subtitles in English (Closed Captioning), Mexican Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. Additional information about virtual meet & greets to be announced soon. Images can be downloaded here.
The official soundtrack to The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special — BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon’s made-for-screen drag spectacular — is now available digitally via iTunes and wherever you listen to music. In the film as they sing and dance their way through numbers about everything from St. Nick to the Christ child, the tension between them mounts, culminating in an all-out battle for control of the show. The soundtrack features soon-to-be classics including “Everyone is Traumatized by Christmas,” “A Gay in a Stranger,” and “Passive Aggressive Christmas.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Director, Producer, Co-Creator, Co-Writer, Starring as Herself
Sweet as pie and sharp as cheddar, the Terminally Delightful BenDeLaCreme is known for combining her background in performing and visual arts with a love of spectacle, glamour, and Saturday morning cartoons. She has dazzled crowds throughout the Americas, Europe, and Australia, premiered four critically acclaimed solo shows Off-Broadway, as well as written, directed, and produced myriad narrative works and variety spectaculars that have played to sold-out audiences for over a decade. BenDeLaCreme’s live performances have received glowing reviews: “Keeping you entertained while making you think about your place in the world is all a part of the BenDeLaCreme experience,” said Forbes and Billboard raves that her work “…soars past entertainment and into the realm of theatrical art.” BenDeLaCreme has appeared on two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, her first go-round securing her a spot among the show’s “15 Fan Favourites of All Time.” After being crowned “Miss Congeniality” on Season 6, she returned to compete on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on VH1 where she garnered more challenge wins than any other competitor in the show’s history, among other series records. Continuing to break new ground by, and for, drag artists, in 2018 DeLa’s production company, BenDeLaCreme Presents, produced its first national tour with, To Jesus, Thanks for Everything! -Jinkx and DeLa, co-created and co-written by BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon. In 2019, the queens hit the road again with a brand new holiday show titled, All I Want for Christmas is Attention. That tour was a sold-out sensation and marked DeLa’s first producer credit for an international tour. BenDeLaCreme is thrilled to add producing and directing her first film feature to her long list of career achievements.
BENDELACREME’S NAME AND PRONOUNS
(please format BenDeLaCreme like so when in Title Case – capital B-D-L-C)
Shortened to DeLa. Please do not print as BenDeLa.
ABOUT JINKX MONSOON
Co-Creator, Co-Writer, Starring as Herself
Since winning Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon has travelled the world performing her original cabaret shows with her music partner, Major Scales. The duo are best known for their highly acclaimed show The Vaudevillians, which enjoyed multiple extensions Off-Broadway and toured to many international festivals. With original music by Major Scales, Jinkx has released two albums: The Inevitable Album and The Ginger Snapped (available on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify). While live performing is her passion, Jinkx is no stranger to film and TV work. Besides her stint in reality TV, she has appeared on the CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, the Netflix original AJ and the Queen, and has voiced characters for such animated shows as Steven Universe, Mighty Magiswords, Bravest Warriors, as well as a few surprises that are yet to come! Jinkx has been the subject of two documentaries: Drag Becomes Him, and The Queens. She is an award-winning stage actress, having won the Gregory Award for her portrayal of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and most recently, The MAC Award for her show The Ginger Snapped, co-written with Major Scales. You can watch her web show, Cool Mom with comedy partner Nick Sahoyah on the streaming app WOW Presents Plus. Jinkx is extremely proud of her partnership with BenDeLaCreme, having co-written and co-starred in both To Jesus, Thanks for Everything! -Jinkx and Dela and All I Want for Christmas is Attention. Taking their collaboration to the medium of film is a dream come true for this internationally tolerated actress and chanteuse.
BENDELACREME (Director & Producer)
AMY ENSER (Editor)
SEBASTIEN SCANDIUZZI (Director of Photography)
BRIAN BENSON (Producer & 1st Assistant Director)
GUS LANZA (Producer)
KEVIN HEARD (Producer)
KEITH HARRISON (Composer & Music Producer)
MAJOR SCALES (Composer)
PAUL VELASQUEZ (Art director)
MELANIE LEANDRO (Art director)
JOSH NEAL (Production Sound Mixer)
ROBERT AGUILAR (Lighting)
DALLAS COULTER (Costume Design)
JAMIE VON STRATTON (Costume Design)
ERIC GORSUCH (Costume Design)
RANDY PHILLIPS (Title and Logo Design)
Soho Theatre is London’s most vibrant producer for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. We pursue creative excellence, harnessing an artistic spirit that is based in our new writing roots, the radical ethos of the fringe and the traditions of punk culture and queer performance. We champion voices that challenge from outside of the mainstream, and sometimes from within it too. We value entertainment, accessibility and enjoy a good show. We are a registered charity and social enterprise and our audiences are diverse in age, background and outlook.
Ordinarily our work plays to live audiences of 250,000 audiences a year in our Dean Street venue, at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. Since our temporary closure due to Covid-19 we have re-launched our online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag. We’ve partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three-series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform. We are also working towards the opening of an exciting second venue, a “local theatre with a national profile” in Walthamstow, currently slated to open in 2022.
Soho Theatre’s board is chaired by Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE and the company is led by Executive Director Mark Godfrey and Creative Director David Luff. sohotheatre.com | sohotheatreondemand.com | @sohotheatre
Tim Whitehead (he/him) is a Producer and Agent, managing and developing the careers of internationally renowned performers and taking their work worldwide to the stages of The Sydney Opera House, Public Theatre in New York and The Southbank Centre among many others.
He began his career working alongside Executive Director Mark Gofrey at Soho Theatre in London developing their comedy and cabaret programme and has worked extensively in the north, programming and producing for Manchester’s Queer Up North and Trans Vegas Festivals. Tim is the Artistic Director of Happy Valley Pride, a week-long LGBTQ+ Festival and part of the Queer Arts North network.
SOHO THEATRE ON DEMAND
Soho Theatre On Demand shows also available (English subtitles available)
Adam Hess: Adam presents an hour of endearing and hilarious tales of misfortune. Chortle’s Best UK Circuit Comedian 2015 proves his worth with fast paced storytelling about everything from relationships to getting very lost on the Thames.
Aditi Mittal: Indian comedy superstar and all-round good girl Aditi starts by exploring what it means for her to be a trailblazer, win awards for “Fempowerment” and ends up writing a bumbling love letter/confessional to the original “fempowered” woman in her life: her mother.
Dane Baptiste: the multi-award nominated comedian presents an exclusive collection of his favourite previously unseen material spanning the last five years.
Good Girl: Growing up in the 90s, GG and her mates obsess over music, vaginas and witchcraft. But there’s a problem. Living feels too extreme. To be one of the good girls, GG learns to make herself numb, but at what cost?
Groomed: Combining three gripping narratives, a Japanese soldier who refuses to stand down, the inventor of the saxophone and the personal story of a betrayed schoolboy, GROOMED pushes past sensationalist news headlines, and shows the lasting impact of abuse into adulthood.
Jen Brister: Jen uses her hilarious ranting to rail against period poverty, the perimenopause and why her Mum needs to get out of her bloody house.
Jessie Cave opens up her DIY heart in I Loved Her and explains in definitely too much detail her insecurities, jealousies, fantasies and her exact current relationship status via shadow puppetry, masks and her little book of confessions.
Joel Dommett: is a bit of a regular on our TV screens (The Masked Singer for one). He is addicted to smoking breadsticks (a habit from childhood) and has some pretty brilliantly ridiculous stories to tell.
Josie Long: Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and cult optimist with her most personal show to date – about love and being outdoorsy as a bear.
Lazy Susan: Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees and hot virgins Lazy Susan present an hour of laidback, inventive sketch comedy. Some of it is about what it means to be a woman these days and some of it is about dogs etc.
Mae Martin: Two-time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee Mae Martin comes back to Soho Theatre with her hugely successful show Us. A clever and innovative breaking down of the labels that we put on others and ourselves.
Nish Kumar: Two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Nominee (2015 & 2016), star of The Mash Report (BBC Two) and his very own BBC Radio 4 series, Nish is back at Soho Theatre with a very special greatest hits set.
Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights brings together highlights from the kinetic duo’s huge catalogue of classic bits and brand new material, all sewn in with bizarre improvised tangents.
Panti Bliss: The Queen of Ireland, PANTI, invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world, exposing the stories behind the make-up – from performance giant to accidental activist – to reveal the National Fucking Treasure she is today. Brilliant storytelling from an icon of the LGBTQ community.
Rhys James: Seen on Mock The Week (BBC Two) and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Twitter wunderkind Rhys James presents an hour of splash-hit, classic stand-up and definitely cool and not pretentious poetry.
Shappi Khorsandi: Shappi talks about what it means to be addicted to stand-up, to have a father who is more controversial than her and to bring a pudding to a red-carpet event…
The Special Relationship: A grain of cocaine, a digit on a breathalyser, a forged cheque, a DEA sting or murder one? Caught in the transatlantic tango between Trump and May and smugly presented by a gun-toting immigration officer, these are verbatim stories of double punishment and separation.
Each Soho Theatre On Demand show is available for 48-hour streaming, at a cost of £4, unless otherwise noted.