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Kinky Boots

We love a story that revolves around a stiletto (obvs), throw in a Cyndi Lauper soundtrack and you've got all the ingredients for a fun night out.

 

Kinky Boot tells the story of factory owner Charlie (played by Joel Harper-Jackson) and his chance encounter with cross-dressing entertainer Lola (Kayi Ushe) and the realisation that the future of his factory lies in creating a robust stiletto boot for drag artists. A friendship develops between the unlikely pair and you’re taken on a fun musical journey from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Like all good musicals, this one has an important message about embracing differences and acceptance of yourself and others. Charlie and Lola’s duet ‘Not My Father’s Son’ was incredibly moving and made a powerful commentary on queer existence in a masculine culture.

The staging was beautifully simple and seamlessly switched from factory to Angel’s drag bar. The colour changing window panelling worked to great effect, helping to emphasize the mood and energy of each performance.

The incredibly talented Kayi Ushe was all of the glamour, giving a bold and powerful performance which had us hanging onto every last word. Her crew of glamazon angels stole the show with their dancing – wow those legs!

Special mention to ex Coronation Street star Paula Lane, who had us laughing out loud with her perfomance of loveable Lauren who gets her man in the end. I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

It was an uplifting and heat warming finale with the whole cast singing “Raise You Up/Just Be” – a clear audience favourite and rewarded by a standing ovation. This is becmoning a regular occurance for the Theatre Royal Norwich and testimount to the awesome shows they’re bringing to our fine city!

One of the most enjoyable shows I’ve seen in a long time and lucky for you guys it’s on until the end of September and there’s still time to get tickets.

Book tickets: £28 – £51

Words: Fran Massingham

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