Drag action musical HEELS OF GLORY is set to headline at this year’s London Pride Festival, with a three-week run at Chelsea Theatre from 9 to 26 June 2016.
Written by cabaret performer Tricity Vogue with music by award-winning composer Richard Link, HEELS OF GLORY is an original musical with an action adventure plot and tunes inspired by vintage Bond movies.
Pride Festival Curator, Duncan Day, said: “It will be one of the strongest headline events Pride in London Festival 2016 will have on its programme this year. HEELS OF GLORY’s colorful production will provide great entertainment and joy to the LGBT+ community.”
Francis Alexander, Artistic Director of Chelsea Theatre, said: "Tricity Vogue's company played to delighted sold-out crowds at Chelsea Theatre during test showings. It’s an honour to see the finished work returning to its early home for an even brighter, longer run of brilliant material.”
Richard and Tricity met as singing teacher and student, and conceived HEELS OF GLORY seven years ago. Since then, the show has sold-out, work-in-progress performances at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and The Albany in Deptford. It was workshopped at Shoreditch Town Hall in 2014 and was awarded Arts Council funding for a two-day sell-out run at Chelsea Theatre last year.
Tricity Vogue said:
“HEELS OF GLORY has everything I love about cabaret and drag on an epic scale: wit, inventiveness, outrageousness, and of course fabulousness, at Chelsea Theatre for a full three weeks.
“This is what happens when you bring together top cabaret artists, celebrated drag queens and award winning musical theatre actors in one bubbling pot, and stir it up with a four-piece band. Expect nothing short of a geyser of glitter.”
The story opens at nightclub La Douche, where international drag superstar Splendorella (Drag Idol finalist Topsie Redfern) is about to launch a new cosmetic to a waiting world of drag queens. But Supreme Sure Fire Foundation is not all it seems – its villainous creator, Allura Supreme (award winning cabaret artist Sarah-Louise Young), has a secret master plan to annihilate all the drag queens in the world. Budding young drag queen Honey (Matthew Floyd Jones of duo Frisky and Mannish) and her tomboy best friend Jay (Susan Harrison from Olivier award winner Showstopper!) are all that stand in her way. Doing Allura’s bidding are a hapless bunch of henchmen played by Kiki Lovechild, Josh Morris AKA Beth Necessity, Holli Dillon and Grace K Miller AKA Good Ness Gracious.
The show is directed by Stephen Heatley (Head of the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Colombia, Canada) with production design by Meth, member of drag collective The Family Fierce and star of London Live’s Drag Queens of London.
Tricity Vogue, AKA Heather Tyrrell, is an international cabaret performer and award-winning scriptwriter with a wide number of credits in TV and theatre. Richard Link is an award-winning composer of musical theatre, choral music, and music for film, television and dance.
Concessionary rates are available to anyone who comes in drag, with VIP front row cabaret table seating for the most fabulously dressed.