16-20 February 2016
Reviewed by Dawn Watson
Footloose – the name alone conjures up vivid memories of Kevin Bacon strutting his stuff to some fancy dance moves. Footloose the musical is actually based on a true story, a story of an extraordinary town, Bomont, that banned dancing after the tragic deaths of four young people from the town following what some from the town believed was a night of dancing, drinking and drugs. Many years later this ban still existed much to the dismay of the young people. However following the arrival of Ren and his mum from Chicago, he struggled to stay within the strict laws of Bomont and following his heard and love of dance – he fought to be heard at the local council meeting. Would they be allowed to dance once more? Footloose is about teenage rebellion and teenage struggles with their love of dance helping them through.
Footloose follows the story of the young people of Bomont and their love for life and dance and music. It was beautifully told with much loved songs like ‘I need a hero’, and ‘Let’s Hear It for the Boy’. The characters not only had to act, but had to dance, sing and play a musical instrument which worked seamlessly – allowing the ‘band’ to be on stage all the time. Wow what talent.
The cast were fantastic , really bringing the story to life. Such a small cast for such a vibrant musical, some even playing several parts. Special mention to Gareth Gates who in my opinion stole the show as bumbling Willard, his shyness brought warmth and affection to his character. But to be honest all the main characters brought something unique and special with stunning amazing singing voices. It is a real feel good musical and with songs you know to sing along to. A must go see show.
The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh is easily accessible with off street parking and a lovely little bistro serving drinks and snacks.
Tickets cost from £22 to £42 (booking fees may apply).
Footloose is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh until 20 February 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000