Jaqui's Daily Blog

Kinky Boots!

If yesterday’s blog was about the extraordinariness of the ordinary, today’s is, well, All About Kinky. As in, Kinky Boots the Musical, you understand.

 

I do have to admit here and now that, while my two day break was partly designed for rest and recuperation, it was mostly so that I could enjoy watching my eldest grandson Jack tread the boards of Basingstoke’s Haymarket Theatre, as a cast member of the talented Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society (BAOS for short.) It’s been three long years since I last watched him on stage in a York University production of Legally Blonde - and about time he was back where he belongs. On stage, that is, not necessarily in York….

 

Kinky Boots is the true story of a shoe factory in Northampton where the long-established firm of Price & Son is in dire trouble, because nobody wants to shell out for beautifully made, horrendously expensive footwear. Young Charlie Price wants to escape for a new life with his ambitious girl-friend but his father’s sudden death plunges him back into the failing shoe business. It seems that closure of the factory is the only option until on a trip to London he meets drag queen Lola and realises there is a whole, untapped market for boots designed to comfortably bear the weight of men who like to dress as women. I’d like to say that the rest is history but, sadly, the factory didn’t survive long term - but, hey, this production was all about sheer, exuberant escapism. Or, to put it another way, why let the truth get in the way of a good story?

 

The audiences were definitely in complete agreement if the whoops and cheers that greeted each number were anything to go by. I doubt anybody had more supporters than our Jack, judging by the numbers congregating at the stage door afterwards to congratulate him on his performance as Harry. The Youngest of the Darling Daughters and I had his big song “Take What You Got” ringing in our heads for the rest of the run - even in our sleep. We weren’t grumbling though. Well,  not much.

 

After Wednesday’s performance, before going to greet Jack at the stage door, I met up in the foyer with Jack and Hazel’s friend, James, who played one of the Angels - six gloriously over-the-top drag queens - and just had to have my photo taken with him. This had unfortunate consequences for poor James as every member of my family attending subsequent performances (I told you Jack had lots of supporters) insisted on doing likewise. Such copy cats! James took it in good part, bless him, though the rest of the Angels must have been wondering why he was so highly favoured.

 

I sent two photos  - one of me with Jack, one of me with James (dressed in patriotic costume, including mandatory Kinky Boots) over to the Really Rather Wonderful Rosalie to show Mr B when he woke up the next morning. “What a transformation!” she responded. I didn’t have the heart to disabuse her of this misconception…

 

I’ve been watching Jack, Hazel and their friends performing on various stages since they were young’uns. It’s amazing to see how many of them, now All Grown Up, are still strutting their stuff on stage or, like Owen, taking on the considerable responsibility of Assistant Director. 

 

At the end of the show, all the cast members donned their Kinky Boots for an all-singing, all-dancing finale. I wasn’t, I’m sure, the only member of the audience experienced in tottering around on stiletto heeled shoes, who feared for their ankles.

 

Kinky booted BAOS cast and crew - I salute you!

 

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23.04 | 20:15

lovely and heartwarming - an inspiration to us all x

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09.03 | 12:07

Love this story told as ever beautifully.x

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10.11 | 21:31

What a super account of a special event. I loved meeting you last night and seeing your creation come together. I’m so pleased you got so much from the activity

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07.09 | 13:17

I have broad shoulders x

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