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Review: Step back into the 80s with fun-filled production of Footloose

PUBLISHED: 15:32 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 26 May 2017

Footloose. Picture: Queen's Theatre

Footloose. Picture: Queen's Theatre

Queen's Theatre

It was time to kick off our Sunday shoes as one of the 80s’ cult classics was played out right in front of our very eyes.

Footloose shimmied its way to Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, for one week only to entertain crowds with fond memories of the movie as well as curious theatre-goers wanting to see what all of the fuss is about - and they were not disappointed.

The show tells the story of how city boy Ren McCormack moves to quiet rural town Bomont in West Virginia with his mum after his dad leaves.

But he was soon told of the baffling law that bans the whole town from rock music and dancing after a serious car accident which killed four teenagers who were on their way home from a party.

Taking matters into his own hands, Ren soon has the town council up in arms but the whole town on its feet.

Joshua Dowen who plays the lead role, brings the stage to life from the get-go with boyish charm, a crowd-pleasing voice and dancing that makes you want to get out of your seat and join the fun.

Speaking of talents though, Ariel Moore who falls in love with Ren, played by Hannah Price, wowed the audience with her incredible vocals.

Once you hear her sing, it isn’t hard to believe she’s been performing for several years, appearing in shows such as Don’t Run, Godspell and Footloose during its last tour.

There were also a couple of familiar faces that popped up in the show in two of the major roles.

One fifth of the original Nolan Sisters, most famous for their song I’m in the mood for dancing, Maureen Nolan, plays Vi Moore, the wife of the minister who put the ban in place.

Pop Idol finalist Gareth Gates also got a round of applause for his portrayal of Ren’s dim-witted best friend - and especially when he took his shirt off!

All in all, Footloose is a fun-filled production that wouldn’t be seen out of place on the West End stage.

Would definitely recommend if you want to cut loose.

To find out more about the show visit footloose-musical.com

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