The Ruby Slippers to premiere at Funny Girls


Photo  credit: David Munn Photography

Following its sell-out pilot run in Liverpool, the brand new version of the comedy drama The Ruby Slippers, set in a fictional Blackpool drag club is to premiere at Funny Girls in Blackpool and tickets are on sale now.

The Ruby Slippers is a play about love, friendship and identity, taking theatregoers on a rollercoaster of emotions. The show will play at Funny Girls venue on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016. This is the first theatrical play ever to perform at the venue since they opened. The show also performs at St Helens Theatre Royal on 3rd November and the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool on 5th November. The show is set to tour nationally in 2017.

Raz is on top of the world, owner of his paradise Blackpool drag club, The Ruby Slippers. He has met Ryan, the man of his dreams, however all is not as it seems. Business is poor and a rival club has opened which threatens to not only steal Raz’s customers but also his star acts, Drag Queens Phoenix and Destiny.  Also Ryan has a secret that will change everything.

Raz is hopelessly in love with his flat mate and barman, Ryan. The feeling is mutual. However, Ryan has a secret, known only by his mother Helen, who supports her son’s decision and encourages him to tell Raz the whole truth.

The two-act comedy drama comes from writers Emma Culshaw and David Paul and directed by Mark Heller, it explores a subject rarely seen on the theatre stage.

Writers Emma Culshaw and David Paul commented: When creating The Ruby Slippers our main aim was to write an honest story that showed the highs and lows of being in love when there are difficult modern day obstacles to cross. The play tackles transgender issues and we hope thoroughly audiences enjoy what we set out to achieve, creating a play full of compassion, humour and outrageous one-liners but with a strong underlying message.”

The talented cast is led by James Rogerson as Raz and Jamie Paul as Ryan, they are joined by Debra Redcliffe (Helen),Emma Vaudrey (Laura), Owen Richard Farrow (Destiny) and Jordan Simms (Phoenix).

The show is created by Break A Leg Production in association with Bill Elms.

Coproducer Bill Elms said “It has been a pleasure to follow the journey of this show from the page through to stage, and seeing the audience reaction to a great piece of accessible work. I believe this show will go far, it has all the elements for a great night out at the theatre, a great script, great comedy and most of all a great storyline.  I am delighted to be a part of its growth. Funny Girls is the perfect venue to host the premiere and I know audiences in Blackpool are going to love it.”

So put on your high heels, slap on your lipstick and get ready to strut your stuff down at The Ruby Slippers where the power of love is tested and the truth is about to be revealed.

“A riotous night of entertainment for all… dynamic, accessible and unique theatre… extremely entertaining” North West End

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