Bill Elms in association with Break A Leg Productions presents
A RED-HOT DATE FOR THE RUBY SLIPPERS
SELL-OUT NORTHERN LGBT+ COMEDY MAKES ITS LONDON DEBUT
It enjoyed standing ovations and rave reviews during its sell-out premiere run in the North West last year. And now The Ruby Slippers is on its way to London for a date at one of the hottest theatres in the West End. The comedy drama about love, friendship and identity will get its debut at the award-winning Arts Theatre West End on Sun 2 July.
Slap on some lipstick, put on those high heels and get ready for a riotous rollercoaster of emotions at one of the two performances on the day, taking place at 4pm and 7.30pm.
Raz is on top of the world. He’s the owner of his own paradise drag club in Blackpool, The Ruby Slippers, and has met Ryan, the man of his dreams. However, all is not as it seems. Business is poor, while a rival club – Nine Inches - has opened which threatens to not only steal Raz’s customers but also his star acts, Drag Queens Phoenix and Destiny. And then there is the secret Ryan hides that will change everything.
Are his business and relationship doomed? Or will the power of love win the day?
The comedy drama, created by Break A Leg Productions in association with Bill Elms(Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles, Twopence to Cross the Mersey), comes from the pen of writers Emma Culshaw and David Paul and is directed by Craig Ryder, who also stars as Destiny.
The talented cast also includes James Rogerson as Raz, Jamie Paul as Ryan, Debra Redcliffe(Helen), Emma Vaudrey (Laura), and Jordan Simms (Phoenix).
Writers Emma Culshaw and David Paul said: “The play tackles transgender issues and we hope 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.”
Co-producer Bill Elms added: “The Ruby Slippers has a great script, great comedy and most of all a great storyline.”
“I’ve been delighted to watch its growth, and now it’s getting the London debut it deserves – and in one of the most exciting spaces in the West End too. London audiences are in for a treat.”
What the critics said…
“A riotous night of entertainment for all… dynamic, accessible and unique theatre… extremely entertaining”
North West End
“It is always satisfying to see a show in its infancy – one that you know will become a nationwide hit”
“The action is slick, the delivery is polished, the lines are laugh-out-hilarious and the darker moments are constructed well”
“The Ruby Slippers is a new show about love, identity and following your dreams, with a true northern warmth and a big gay heart”
“An important piece of writing for the LGBT community”
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THE RUBY SLIPPERS
Arts Theatre West End
Sunday 2 July - 4pm / 7.30pm
Tickets are £20/£25/£30
The show has an age recommendation of 16+
HOW TO BOOK
By Phone: 020 7836 8463
In person: Arts Theatre West End, Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB
For more information, images, interview or review requests, please contact Bill Elms at Bill Elms Associates on 0151 245 0135 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.billelms.com
Attached photos, credit David Munn Photography
Production shots available on request.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Break a Leg Productions
Emma and David have been working together as writing partners for the past five years on various projects including four television scripts and three full length plays, including Vampire Zoo, Boxroom Babies, Accessories, and Goals and Garters. They were founding members of Foot in The Door Productions, where they produced and filmed a trailer for Vampire Zoo and filmed a pilot episode of Boxroom Babies. In November 2014, Emma produced and directed a WW1 Commemorative play entitled, Only Remembered For What They Have Done, funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. It was staged at St George's Hall Liverpool and featured local teenagers. David was a co-writer on the project. Break a Leg Productions has been formed to focus particularly on producing new writing and bringing it to life on stage.
More information can be found at www.wearebreakaleg.co.uk
About Bill Elms
Bill has a wealth of experience of producing theatre such as: Epstein: The Man Who Made The
Beatles (with Jen Heyes), Twopence to Cross the Mersey (with Pulse Records), Frankenstein and Ghost Stories – A Night Opera (with Neil Campbell), The Ruby Slippers and Blood Runs Deep (with Break A Leg Productions) and a series of events at St George’s Hall called “Lovehistory Loves” and “Tales From Haunted Liverpool”. He also runs a successful Marketing and PR Company, Bill Elms Associates Ltd specialising in live entertainment and ticketed events. Bill has also recently set up his own production company, Bill Elms Productions Ltd.
More information can be found at www.billelms.com