Kinky Boots, the Olivier award winning musical, strutted into Edinburgh last week and Phil and I were lucky enough to be amongst the first to see it. With a fantastic plot and music by Cyndi Lauper, you are guaranteed a good, fun night out.

The premise of the Kinky Boots story is about a young lad, Charlie, who feels forced into his Fathers’ footsteps; running a shoe-making factory in Northampton. Business isn’t great but Charlie finds a niche in the market, creating shoes very different from the norm. The set, lighting and wonderful acting is not only designed to make you clap along but also sit up and pay attention to some incredibly important lessons relayed via the relationship between Charlie and his Dad and, separately, a lovable character called Gus, who isn’t too enthused about designing shoes for an unusual clientele.

The show’s stars are Lola and her girls who do just about anything you can’t imagine in 8 inch stiletto heels, however the performance of Joel Harper-Jackson absolutely blew me away. His voice and performance are flawless. His surprise appearance towards the end of the show leaves you seeing just how versatile and actor he is.

It is clear that the audience loved Kinky Boots. They were a mix of regular theatre goers, Cyndi fans and those just looking for a really fun evening. The most important thing, for me, was being given the chance to see something that has been running on Broadway and the West End for years. Scotland is often forgotten and as much as I would love to nip to London every month, it won’t happen. The quality of the touring performance was first class and we will be back to see it again on the 27th of December.

With thanks to the Edinburgh Playhouse for the tickets.

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