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Stepping Out
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Richard Harris
October 2014

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Details
First presented in 1984, this play won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award and has since become a firm favourite around the world with several revivals in London in the thirty years since its opening.

Set in a dingy church hall, this warm hearted story follows the complicated lives of eight members of an amateur tap dancing class and how their awkward dance routines and relationships are transformed.

At the start of the play the tap girls (and boy) are meant to dance badly. By the end of the play they are meant to be synchronised and proficient. When the play was first cast some of the cast members could tap dance; some had danced a bit when they were children and some had never danced at all.

Our choreographer, Aggie Gryszel has taught them how to dance properly and only when they had reached a proficient stage, they were taught how to dance badly!

All piano music in this production has been arranged and played by Steve Myers. Steve is well known within the South Yorkshire theatre scene as he has either played or been the Musical Director for many shows within the area.

Playwright
Richard Harris was born in London in 1934. He is a prolific writer, and was most active from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s He began writing for television, contributing episodes to twenty series like The Avengers, The Saint, and The Sweeney.

In addition to Stepping Out Harris wrote Local Affairs, Who Goes Bare and Two and Two make Sex. He has also been able to adapt from one medium to another. Stepping Out in particular has three different adaptations including a musical film adaptation.

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Cast
Backstage
Mavis Sarah Fox
Mrs Fraser Judith Wade
Lynne Charlotte Gascoyne
Dorothy Jenn Aspinall
Maxine Edwina Gascoyne
Andy Fran Rooker
Geoffrey Ross Banister
Sylvia Adele Timmons
Rose Marjorie El-Afif
Vera Andrea Howard
Dancer Haley Sadler
Dancer Jemma Monkhouse

Director Ian Walker
Set design Hansel D'Roza
Set construction Bryan Ashcroft
Hansel D'Roza
John Jakins
Paul Kelly
Graham Ward
Stage manager Phil Gascoyne
Sound Bryan Ashcroft
John Jakins
Paul Kelly
Lighting Paul Screaton
Choreography Aggie Gryszel
Properties Bridget Ball
Continuity Pam Bush
Front of House Peter Howard
Ticket Secrataries Janet D'Roza