Shoespo • Kinky Boots


Welcome to your Monday Shoespo!

It’s 8.02pm.  The theatre house lights begin to dim, the audience’s chatter evaporates and an expectant hush sweeps across the stalls.  Something is about to happen.  As a performer, waiting in the wings for my cue, I love this moment.  As an audience member, perched in my seat, I love this moment.

I usually hope for something magical, something inspirational, something that will lift me out of my everyday existence and remind me of higher perspectives, bigger pictures and the possibilities present in each moment.  Live theatre has the unique ability to connect, infect and affect thousands of people at once.  Some of the best theatre I’ve been part of has left me with the feeling of being put together again – or even put back together in a whole new way.  There’s also something so inspiring about seeing people doing what they love (and being paid to do so, in an industry that is notoriously difficult and at times heart-breaking).

Kinky Boots – and more specifically, Callum Francis playing Lola – is doing just that, 8 shows a week.  Of course for a shoe-a-holic like me, Kinky Boots is essentially 2 hours of unrelenting and extravagant shoespo – all styles, all colours, all heel heights!  When Lola insists that her boots must be red, I nearly leapt up on stage to be with her.  Beyond this, Callum/Lola is so compelling, vibrant and alive that his/her passion courses through everyone’s veins.  I’d been intending to see this show forever, I very nearly missed out through absent-mindedness.  So glad I GMST (got my sh*t together) to see it before it leaves town.

Although the themes of love, acceptance, embracing our unique selves and healing old wounds resonate in my own life, I can’t help but wonder what might happen if we saw these elements play out in a more global context… maybe a customised pair of red shoes for each of our world leaders?!?

Kinky Boots is playing in Sydney, Australia at the Capitol Theatre until 13th August 2017 (last minute rush tickets available at the venue), and opens in Brisbane 22nd August 2017.

Life’s too short … wear the red shoes,

Emma


PS. Have you spotted a divine pair of red shoes that have captured your imagination?  Please share in the comments below!

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