SYNOPSIS...

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein.
Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Kinky Boots is full of opportunities for a theatre to flex its artistic
muscles with elaborate costumes, exhilarating choreography and a truly moving and powerful story. A surefire crowd pleaser, Kinky Boots will have your audiences dancing in the aisle and discovering why, sometimes, the best way to fit in... is to stand out!

CREATIVES...

Director

Derek Walker

A graduate of the National Institute Of Dramatic Art, Derek is now based in London where he works as a Freelance Theatre Director and as Associate Director to Daniel Kramer, Artistic Director of the English National Opera.  He is currently working on the upcoming productions of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Jack the Ripper and The Mask Of Orpheus for the ENO. His recent productions include La Traviata for Theater Basel and the ENO, 170 Days In Nanking for The Jiangsu Performing Arts Centre in China, and the musical Ghost for Palm Tree Studios on the Central Coast.

Derek’s background has been predominately in Musical Theatre. He was the Resident Director for the Australian production of the musical Once for Gordon Frost and Melbourne Theatre Company and worked on the world premiere production of King Kong in Melbourne for Global Creatures. Derek returns to Free Rain Theatre Company having previously directing Legally Blonde: The Musical in 2014, for which he received the CAT Award for Best Director Of A Musical.

In 2016 Derek was awarded a Fellowship from the Gloria Payten and Gloria Dawn Foundation’s to pursue work internationally.  He is also a Director and Co-Founder of Freefall Productions which recently toured their 2016 production of David Auburn’s play Proof to the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre earlier this year.

Additional Production Credits Include: Little Shop Of Horrors, Avenue Q, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, Sunday In The Park With George, Dealer’s Choice, Woyzeck, Les Miserables, Urinetown, Chess, Blackrock, The Life of Galileo, West Side Story, Bouncers, Two Weeks With The Queen, Antigone, The Accused, The Lord Of The Flies, The Real Inspector Hound, The Popular Mechanicals, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

 

 

 

 

Choreographer and Associate Director

Michelle Heine

Musical Director

Nick Griffin

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