BY HOLLY BARRY

Don’t drag your heels about staying in this weekend – go out, drink too much, and kickstart your night the sassy way with Kinky Boots, a cross-dressing musical staged at the Adelphi Theatre, London.

Scripted with real feeling and heart, the story centres around Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly) reinventing his late father’s shoe business to accommodate a niche market - manufacturing sturdier thigh-high boots for transvestites after a chance meeting with drag queen Lola (Matt Henry).

Lola’s striking performance as a Soho drag queen exemplifies the strong performances given by all of the cast in a performance that perfectly merges witty humour and profound emotion together. The message of acceptance preached by a well-written script is shown most poignantly through both Lola’s past as a previous heavyweight boxer and Price’s campaign to end gender discrimination.

Director Jerry Mitchell’s exquisite choreography revealed the musical’s Broadway roots with an explosive, daring and very tongue-in-cheek routine, which heavily featured the drag queen group of ‘The Angels’. Lola and her crew of fellow drag queens exuded a high quality performance by owning the stage with a PVC-clad and sequin-covered display which had the audience toe tapping and wolf- whistling from start to finish.

High-octane dancing is only replete with a sensational music score which, in this case, was composed by pop legend Cyndi Lauper, famous for her track ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’. A series of sentimental ballads and high-energy party anthems communicate the go-getting happy mood of Kinky Boots perfectly.

If you’re looking for a thrilling night out filled with good humour, shimmering displays and sensational music, then go no further. Lace up your dancing shoes and prepare to put your best foot forward for the infectious ensembles of Kinky Boots.