THE lady boys of Bangkok are “devastated” – after their kilts were stolen just before the opening night of their Scottish tour.
Five custom-fitted kilts of “various colours” were taken from the performer’s marquee in Baxter Park, Dundee on Friday morning.
The world famous cabaret act, from Thailand, had intended to wear them in the closing number of their show, which opened on Friday night.
The extravagant 10-minute finale features the “girls” dancing and miming to classic Scottish songs including “The Bonny Bank of Loch Lomond” and “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers.
But their kilts were taken from amongst other props whilst the stage was being set up, between 7am and 9am on Friday morning. No other items were taken.
A spokesman said: “At first, the Lady Boys were totally bemused. Their question was – why?
“Nothing else was taken, only the kilts. They were taken in the morning, they were out with the other props from the show waiting to be moved into the dressing room area.
“Because of the choreography of the finale, the kilts have got to swing like kilts, they can’t use skirts or dresses.
“We’ve had to get replacements. Scotland has always been home to the Ladyboys – they’ve been coming for 17 years.
“They’re devastated that in Scotland, someone would do that.. They just feel a bit sad that it would happen here.”
He added: “We just want our kilts back. They’re not much use to anyone else.”
The show, which features 16 male-to-female performers, still went on, with help from a local kilt hire firm.
The UK tour will continue to dates in Aberdeen this week, and will feature as part of the Edinburgh festival in August.