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"Stepping Out" - 20th-23rd November 2013     

Directed by Keeley Bootman

Stepping Out, which enjoyed a hugely successful West End run and won Evening Standard Best Comedy Award for 1984, is a warm and very funny play about the lives of a group of women (and one man) attending a weekly tap-dance class in a dingy North London church hall. This good-natured comedy from Richard Harris chronicles several months in the life of the eight students, who come from a variety of backgrounds and have his or her own reason for joining. For instance, Maxine, a confident, fast-talking saleswoman (and former Ovaltine dancer), is there on doctor's orders, while self-sacrificing Andy participates because it is the only thing she does for herself. Whatever the cause, they make a point of coming every week to chat, relax and, if they can manage to, learn a couple of dance steps.

Led by Mavis, their eternally patient instructor, and accompanied by the acerbic pianist Mrs. Fraser, the students (who range from hopeless to competent) strive to master the basics of dance. But the steps and routines are just the background for the real focus of the play -- the relationships and interactions of these ten very different people. By their final performance, not only have the class members developed some degree of skill, but they have also overcome the inhibitions, awkwardness and personality conflicts that have kept them out of sync.

Cast
Mavis Lucy Nightingale
Mrs Fraser Sandra Nightingale
Lynn Claire Jenkins
Dorothy Pauline Adams
Maxine Stephanie Munno
Andy Deborah Evans
Geoffrey Jonathan Davis
Sylvia Sue Jenkins
Rose Rosemary Gentry
Vera Jan Clemens
Stage hand Matthew Watson
 
Crew
Director & choreographer Keeley Bootman
Prompt Jane Davis
Stage management Lily Bootman
Costumes Penny Murray and Anne Milne
Music arrangement Andy Stewart
Lighting James Morris and John Murray
Set design Eileen Moulang and Keeley Bootman
Set construction John Murray & TATS members
Poster & programme Deborah Evans & Deborah Duval
Raffle Eileen Moulang
Front of House TATS members
Bar TATS members
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