This show was awesome. Even though it was about shoes (a subject that is very close to every womans heart especially mine!) there was plenty of humour content to entertain the many men who were in the audience. The dancers were fantastic and proved their ability by dancing in every kind of shoe from a very high stiletto to a pair of skis!! The singers were great especially the exceptionally talented Tim Howar. I do hope this show goes on tour because everyone needs the chance to see it! - Kaz
12 Sep 10
Best thing I have seen in ages. A breath of fresh air compared to most of the shows in the West End. Quirky funny, and very clever. The dancers were of a very high standard. Girl with a short bob amazing. Would love to see it again! - Annie Davies
11 Sep 10
I couldn’t describe this show better than its own billing - a ‘Dance Revue’ about shoes! This could so easily fail and come out as tacky showbiz, but in the hands of Jerry Springer – The Opera creator Richard Thomas and inventive choreographer Stephen Mear it’s a whole lot of fun.
Who’d have thought you could come up with so many clever ideas about footwear; here there are some 30 ‘numbers’ including health and safety advice for walking in high heels, how Hush Puppies can help the promiscuous, Imelda Marcos’ infamous obsession with shoes and the worship of everything from Flip Flops to Ug’s to Jimmy Choo’s (but not Crocs!).
The dancing is terrific and the songs are good (with often hysterical lyrics). Tom Pye’s design, with Laura Hopkins costumes and Tim Hope & Gaelle Denis’ projections, is a colourful gaudy feast for the eye. The dancers are hugely talented and the singers top-notch. A small 8-piece band plays as if their lives depended on it.
Not everything works as well as the high spots and they pull more punches in the first half than the second. I found the opening number too much to take in whilst adjusting to a very different type of show and the sound occasionally buried the lyrics (co-lyricist Alethea Wiles), but these are small points because this is something completely different that continually surprises you, makes you smile from start to finish and above all is original and fresh. A wonderful post-Edinburgh treat to kick-start the autumn season in London. - Gareth James
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