Amrou Al-Kadhi

Writer / Performer / Director

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Acting

Amrou Al-Kadhi is a British-Iraqi performer, screenwriter, and film director.

Amrou has three TV-series in development - as star, co-creator and co-writer, Nefertiti, a comedy series in development with Big Talk Productions and Channel 4, and as co-star, co-creator and co-writer with Ellie Kendrick, Beards, in development with Playground Entertainment. The third is a comedy-drama with their drag troupe Denim, in development with Red Planet Pictures.

Amrou Al-Kadhi has three feature films in development - as writer/director, Layla, with Film 4 & Fox Cub Films, and as writer and star, an Untitled Project, with BBC Films & Sarah Brocklehurst Productions, and Glamrou, with the BFI & Sarah Brocklehurst Productions & Farhana Bhula. 

Amrou is the writer/director of three shorts that all share a focus on queer intersectional people of colour. The first is a commission for NOWNESSan exploration of how female-bodied drag queen Victoria Sin transforms social space through their drag - this gained official entry into the BFI London Film Festival. The second is an autobiographical short film entitled Run(a)way Arab - which thinks about the relationship between drag culture and Middle-Eastern femininity, and a genderqueer Arab boy's memory of their Muslim mother (screened at The London Short Film Festival). The third is an experimental short documentary commissioned by the BFI & BBCcalled CLASH, critiquing how period dramas erase the diverse reality of Britain. It is told through candid interviews with queer people of colour, alongside staged parodic period drama sequences. It was broadcast on BBC 4 on the 24th of September to 125k viewers, and is now available on BFI-player

Amrou’s fourth short as writer/director, Anemone, is being shot later this year, and is being financed and developed with Film London, BBC Films, & Stefan Allesch-Taylor.

Amrou wrote and starred in the short film NIGHTSTAND, executive produced by Stephen Fry and distributed by Peccadillo Pictures theatrically and on DVD. The film has screened at festivals globally, including the BAFTA recognised LSFF and Oscar qualifying Athens International Film and Video Festival, and LGBT Festivals from Paris to Melbourne.

Whilst at Cambridge, Amrou set up DENIM, a musical comedy drag troupe that they are the lead performer of, now sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and Bumble and Bumble. They have performed to diverse audiences around the UK for 6 years. DENIM have just returned from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Underbelly), and received 5* in The Scotsman, alongside 5 & 4 star reviews for many publications. This show then transferred to The Soho Theatre, receiving 4* in The Guardian.

Other venues Denim have performed in include The Arts Theatre Leicester Square, Trafalgar Studios, the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, headlining Port Eliot Festival, and a secret set with Florence and the Machine at Glastonbury the year that she headlined

Amrou studied at Cambridge University, and then at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting, did a short course in screenwriting at the National Film and Television School, and comedy courses at The Soho Theatre.

 

Press for DENIM: THE WORLD TOUR

THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★★

"This is a fabulous show. Denim are a quintet of queens with voices as true as their wigs are fake. They are knowing, they are funny and they take songs you love and turn them into songs you love even more."

EDINBURGH FESTIVALS

★★★★

"From the first moment the drag super-group came onto the stage they mesmerised the audience with their charisma and talent. This – paired with their fantastic costumes, ranging from sequinned two pieces to pink glitter beards – created a stunning effect. The group went on to prove that they were a triple threat, enthralling the audience with their coordinated dancing and phenomenal voices."

"Denim: World Tour is a show not to be missed this Fringe."

 BROADWAY BABY

★★★★

"Denim does what a great drag should do: it subverts expectations. This Spice Girls-esque band is glamorous and intelligent, performing drag tropes in entirely new and creative ways, delivering show-stopping numbers and witty one liners again and again."

 

 

Film

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

THE CLEANSING HOUR

Dante

Damien LeVeck

Skubalon

RUN(A)WAY ARAB (Short)

Nazeem

Amrou Al-Kadhi

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Ticket Attendant

Marc Forester

Disney

PRACTICE

Ebb

Deva Palmier

Deva Films

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE

Patsy Drag-Alike

Mandie Fletcher

Fox Searchlight Pictures/BBC Films

CHUBBY FUNNY

Cast 1

Harry Michell/Helen Simmons

NIGHTSTAND (Short Film)

Ramsey

Charlie Parham (Exec. Prod. Stephen Fry)

Peccadillo Pictures

A PHILOSOPHY (Short Film)

Man

Alain De Botton/Matthew Hammond Knott

THE VIRGIN WITHOUT MEMORY (Short Film)

Brother

Sophia Al Maria

Double Negative

EXPOSURE (Short Film)

Ian

Emma Moffat

Double Negative

THE GATE OF A HUNDRED SORROWS (Short Film)

Deepan

John Logan/Nick Morris

MEAT (Short Story)

Boy

Dominic Bridges

Mustard Film Company

MUNICH

Youssef's Son

Steven Spielberg

Universal Studios

Television

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

PISS OFF I LOVE YOU (Web Series)

Lily

Jason Kaminsky/Jessie McCormack

CAPTIVE

Harmeet

David Sington

Netflix

TRANSPORTER (Series 2)

Youssef

Eric Valette

Atlantique Productions/HBO Canada

HOLBY CITY

Mohammed Al-Hashmi

A.J.Quinn

BBC

BUS LIFE

Big Schnozz

Keith English

Disney Channel

ROME

Voice Over

BBC

CAPTIVE

Harmeet

Stage

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

DENIM: THE REUNION TOUR

Glamrou (writer/lead performer)

Soho Theatre and United Agents

DENIM: THE DENIM JUNIORS

Glamrou (writer/lead performer)

Soho Theatre and United Agents

JACK & THE BEANSTALK

Dame Judy Hench

Steve Marmion

Oxford Playhouse

DENIM: THE WORLD TOUR

Glamrou (writer/lead performer)

Steve Marmion & Jessica Edwards

Soho Theatre

BOWIE GENET

Various

Jessica Edwards

Ambassador Theatre Group

DENIM

Glamrou

Nichola Treherne

Vault Festival/Roger Granville Ltd

5 GUYS CHILLIN'

PJ

Peter Darney

Kings Head Theatre

HIV VOICES

Dev

Hugh Wyld

Kings Head Theatre

HIV VOICES

Dev

Hugh Wyld

Review Bookshop

A TIME TO SPEAK

Dev

Hugh Wyld

The Lost Theatre

MAOEUVRES

Raif

Rikki Beadle Blair

Bush Theatre

COMEDY AND MUSIC GALA

Narrator/Compere

Charlie Parham

Arts Theatre Leicester Square

THE BOYS IN THE BAND

Emory

Guy Woolf

ADC Theatre

AS YOU LIKE IT

Jacques

Charlie Parham

ADC Theatre/Edinburgh Festival

THE CURSE OF MACBETH

Malcom

Max Barton

Edinburgh Playhouse (Hawke & Hunter)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Gremio

Emma Makinson

European Theatre Group

TRUE WEST

Saul Kimmer

Charlie Parham

ADC Theatre

THEORETICALLY

Frank

Lowell Belfield

Cambridge Footlights

THE INVENTION OF LOVE

Oscar Wilde

Jacob Shepherd

ADC Theatre

THE WILD DUCK

Gregers Werle

Adam Hollingworth

ADC Theatre

THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE

The Governor/Yussup

Lydia Onyett

ADC Theatre

DENIM

Compere

Amrou Al-Kadhi

Bethnal Green's Working Men's Club

Film, TV & Theatre

Amrou Al-Kadhi is a British-Iraqi performer, screenwriter, and film director.

Amrou has three TV-series in development - as star, co-creator and co-writer, Nefertiti, a comedy series in development with Big Talk Productions and Channel 4, and as co-star, co-creator and co-writer with Ellie Kendrick, Beards, in development with Playground Entertainment. The third is a comedy-drama with their drag troupe Denim, in development with Red Planet Pictures.

Amrou Al-Kadhi has three feature films in development - as writer/director, Layla, with Film 4 & Fox Cub Films, and as writer and star, an Untitled Project, with BBC Films & Sarah Brocklehurst Productions, and Glamrou, with the BFI & Sarah Brocklehurst Productions & Farhana Bhula. 

Amrou is the writer/director of three shorts that all share a focus on queer intersectional people of colour. The first is a commission for NOWNESSan exploration of how female-bodied drag queen Victoria Sin transforms social space through their drag - this gained official entry into the BFI London Film Festival. The second is an autobiographical short film entitled Run(a)way Arab - which thinks about the relationship between drag culture and Middle-Eastern femininity, and a genderqueer Arab boy's memory of their Muslim mother (screened at The London Short Film Festival). The third is an experimental short documentary commissioned by the BFI & BBCcalled CLASH, critiquing how period dramas erase the diverse reality of Britain. It is told through candid interviews with queer people of colour, alongside staged parodic period drama sequences. It was broadcast on BBC 4 on the 24th of September to 125k viewers, and is now available on BFI-player

Amrou’s fourth short as writer/director, Anemone, is being shot later this year, and is being financed and developed with Film London, BBC Films, & Stefan Allesch-Taylor.

Amrou wrote and starred in the short film NIGHTSTAND, executive produced by Stephen Fry and distributed by Peccadillo Pictures theatrically and on DVD. The film has screened at festivals globally, including the BAFTA recognised LSFF and Oscar qualifying Athens International Film and Video Festival, and LGBT Festivals from Paris to Melbourne.

Whilst at Cambridge, Amrou set up DENIM, a musical comedy drag troupe that they are the lead performer of, now sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and Bumble and Bumble. They have performed to diverse audiences around the UK for 6 years. DENIM have just returned from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Underbelly), and received 5* in The Scotsman, alongside 5 & 4 star reviews for many publications. This show then transferred to The Soho Theatre, receiving 4* in The Guardian.

Other venues Denim have performed in include The Arts Theatre Leicester Square, Trafalgar Studios, the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, headlining Port Eliot Festival, and a secret set with Florence and the Machine at Glastonbury the year that she headlined

Amrou studied at Cambridge University, and then at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting, did a short course in screenwriting at the National Film and Television School, and comedy courses at The Soho Theatre.

 

Press for DENIM: THE WORLD TOUR

THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★★

"This is a fabulous show. Denim are a quintet of queens with voices as true as their wigs are fake. They are knowing, they are funny and they take songs you love and turn them into songs you love even more."

EDINBURGH FESTIVALS

★★★★

"From the first moment the drag super-group came onto the stage they mesmerised the audience with their charisma and talent. This – paired with their fantastic costumes, ranging from sequinned two pieces to pink glitter beards – created a stunning effect. The group went on to prove that they were a triple threat, enthralling the audience with their coordinated dancing and phenomenal voices."

"Denim: World Tour is a show not to be missed this Fringe."

 BROADWAY BABY

★★★★

"Denim does what a great drag should do: it subverts expectations. This Spice Girls-esque band is glamorous and intelligent, performing drag tropes in entirely new and creative ways, delivering show-stopping numbers and witty one liners again and again."

 

 

In Development

ProductionCompanyNotes

NEFERTITI

Channel 4 & Big Talk Productions

TV Comedy Series Pilot, Amrou is the co-creator, co-writer and lead actor

LAYLA

Film 4 & Fox Cub Films

Feature Film in Development, Amrou as writer/director

BEARDS

Playground Entertainment & BBC

Comedy-Drama TV series with Ellie Kendrick; Amrou is co-writer, co-creator & co-star

GLAMROU

BFI & Sarah Brocklehurst Productions

Feature Film in Development, Amrou as co-writer & lead actor

DENIM (W/T)

Red Planet Pictures

TV-comedy-serial-drama, co-writer, co-star, with DENIM

UNTITLED PROJECT

Sarah Brocklehurst Productions & BBC Films

Amrou is writer / director

Short Films

ProductionCompanyNotes

ANEMONE

Film London, BBC Films, Stefan Allesch-Taylor

Short film as writer/director, produced by Savannah James-Bayly

NOWNESS, DEFINE GENDER: VICTORIA SIN

2017

NOWNESS & Fox Cub Films

Director and writer, commission for NOWNESS online

RUN(A)WAY ARAB

2017

Fox Cub Films in association with Kimo Films

Director, writer, and lead actors - in post-production, set for festival release in October 2017

CLASH

2017

BBC4 / BFI / Wingspan commission

Writer/Director, in post-production, will air on BBC 4 and BFI-Player in September 2017

NIGHTSTAND

2016

Peccadillo Pictures

Amrou wrote and stars in Nightstand, the executive producer is Stephen Fry

Television

ProductionCompanyNotes

NEFERTITI

2018

Big Talk & Channel 4

Co-writer and Lead Actor (Comedy Series)

HOLLYOAKS

2018

Channel 4

Writer, episode 5032 & 5092

BEARDS

2018

BBC / Playground Television UK (Lear) Ltd

Co-Writer

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes

DENIM: THE REUNION TOUR

2018

Soho Theatre and United Agents

As co-writer and performer.

THE DENIM JUNIORS

2018

Soho Theatre and United Agents

As co-writer and performer

DENIM: WORLD TOUR

2017

Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe

As co-writer and lead performer
Dir. Steve Marmion & Jessica Edwards
Produced by Soho Theatre & United Agents

DENIM

2016

The Vault Festival

Stage Musical Comedy - Amrou was the co-writer and lead performer

DENIM TITANIQUE

2016

R C Granville & United Music

Amrou was a co-writer and lead performer; on-going residency Live at Zedel

Books

Amrou Al-Kadhi is a British-Iraqi genderqueer writer, director, and drag performer. As a writer, Amrou writes a fortnightly opinion column for The Independent, on topics ranging from queer identity and Islamophobia, to the philosophy of marine biology and film criticism. Amrou also has a monthly column with The Gay Times, as well as bylines for i-D, HUCK, The i-Paper, Little White Lies, and many other publications.

Amrou created and leads musical comedy drag troupe Denim, which recently returned from a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they received 5* in The Scotsman, and 4* subsequently in The Guardian following their Soho Theatre run. 

As a writer/performer and writer/director, Amrou has projects in development with Channel 4, Film 4, BBC Films, the BFI, Big Talk Productions, Playground Entertainment and also Red Planet, and has a range of short films that focus on queer intersectional identities.

Their debut book, UNICORN, is a memoir about being an intersectional identity, and is being published with 4th Estate books.

Non-Fiction

Publication DetailsNotes

UNICORN

2019

Harper Collins

The story of a god-fearing Muslim boy from the Middle East who, to both the surprise and outrage of their family, becomes one of the UK’s leading drag performers. Along the way we see their parents attempt to disabuse Amrou of both their homosexual inclinations and an early penchant for being fabulous. We watch Amrou develop an obsession with marine biology, become an academic superstar, and get a scholarship to Eton. From there, it’s off to Cambridge, where – on the face of it – Amrou is the happiest gay at the university, but inside they're cracking up. Amrou has a breakdown and attempts to put the pieces back together, helped to an extent by returning to Islam in unusual ways, and coming into their own as the leader of the critically acclaimed drag troupe, Denim.

It is a strange, brilliant, and unique story about not fitting in, and how you deal with always feeling like you’re standing on the outside of something. And who doesn’t, to some extent, have experience of that?