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Kinky Boots Review

Kinky Boots Review

I saw Kinky Boots back in April. Briefly, Kinky Boots is about a guy called Charlie who ends up trying to run a shoe factory that is going under, to save the factory he invests in ‘a range of shoes for a range of men’. This is the first big show that I have seen alone and I definitely did not feel as empowered personally as I would if I were attending with someone (even though I was in my element); however, I no longer had the pressure of other people watching me. I have started to notice that if you are watching a show with family or friends then in iconic moments or scenes of certain emotions you exchange looks to see what each other are thinking. Seeing this show on my own allowed myself to think and experience the show without worrying about what the people around me thought about it, making the show mean a lot more to me.
The Story: I have always loved the story of Kinky Boots and I am certain it has inspired so many people, particularly from the LGBTQ+ community. The main message in the story is to be who you want to be and this does not only speak to members of LGBTQ+ but to everyone, hence Charlie Price who never wanted to be stuck with his father’s shoe factory. I do not think people realise how brave it can be to put the issues of a drag queen next to the issues of a “normal” man. There are so many risks of people becoming offended, people thinking that there is no comparison and drag queens face more prejudice. Personally, I believe everyone faces prejudice but in different ways and there should be no comparison into who deals with more. This is what I like about Kinky Boots; Charlie’s issues are talked about just as much as Lola’s. The show is about being who you want to be, it is universal and makes people feel equal.
Favourite Song: Soul of a Man has always been one of my favourite songs. I love the instrumental but it is the power in the words sung that attracts me to it. The song shows Charlie doubting himself and displaying his anger in the kind of man that he feels he is in that moment of time. It is a very honest and human song, it exposes the ugly side of who we are and the reaction of someone when they begin to notice this coming through in their personality. Charlie is a genuine character; he is one of the nice guys so to see him let all of this emotion out in front of our eyes feels heart-breaking.
The Performers: I love it when I really take notice of a performer in a show and with Kinky Boots I took notice of everyone which is a first. The ensemble dancers were flawless, one of the dancer’s heels broke and she proceeded to do a backflip and then dance on a conveyor belt without any faults and that was purely astonishing! I absolutely loved David Hunter’s performance as Charlie. I am biased as Charlie is one of my all-time favourite musical characters but I loved the way David Hunter played him, so much so that I found myself thinking that I have to meet him… so I did.
Comparison: I saw Kinky Boots on Broadway back in 2014 and in all honesty I thought the London production was far better. I connected more with the story, music and characters and the accents were far better! There were other factors to why I did not concentrate as much in the Broadway production, I couldn’t hear, I was tired and I was blown by the fact that I was in New York. Despite all of this I expected the London production to be disappointing but I have never been so proud of British theatre as I had been on that night.
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Sleeping Beauty Review (Sort Of)

Sleeping Beauty Review (Sort Of)

I saw Sleeping Beauty at The Royal Opera House as part of a child/family type day. For this review I am not reviewing the actual Ballet (which I also saw and was outstanding), I am reviewing the day itself.
The grand doors of The Royal Opera House opened as we were greeted by two child-like dress ups of fairies. This was very fun for a lot of children around, they were taking pictures with them. As you walked the many stairs and escalators to the main part of the Opera House there were many stalls laid out in the concourse area to the sound of a small part of the orchestra that continued to play throughout the morning. The stalls consisted of arts and crafts (making wands and crowns) and trying on costumes from the costume department.
Down one of the corridors there were warm-up classes and a prima-ballerina answering questions. As well as this, there was a studio where you could learn one of the mimes from the Ballet. I did this workshop as I have always wanted to be in one of the rehearsal rooms and meet one of the choreographers. All of the children I came across throughout the day seemed to be having a really good time. I was a ballet dancer for 12 years so it is very fixed in my heart; however, this was not the most exciting place to be on your own when you are not a child.
I was very impressed with what The Royal Opera House was doing. Hundreds of children were becoming engaged with Ballet and I haven’t seen this done before. I think this would be a good thing for more theatres and shows (in all art forms) to do on an opening week; it is a lot of fun and crates a wonderful atmosphere. I believe this is one of the best ways of keeping the arts growing because it brings people in and makes them open up more to the importance of maintaining this creative world.
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