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Stepping Out

Stepping Out


Wednesday 30 April – Saturday 3 May 2014  at St Anne’s Hall


Stepping Out is a comedy by Richard Harris about a beginners’ tap dance troupe. The group of nine women and one man share life’s ups and downs whilst preparing to stage a dance routine for a local show.   Stepping Out enjoyed an enormously successful run when it was first staged in 1984.


Set in North London in the 1980s, the story follows the lives of the members of an amateur tap class. Each attending for their own reasons, Harris’ play is a wonderfully endearing tale of how determination, friendship and camaraderie can shape even the most bashful into proud performers.

Mavis, a professional dancer who didn’t quite make it past the chorus line, now runs her own class in the local village hall for anyone in the area. A mixed, and otherwise incompatible, group of seven women and one man meet weekly for their tap-dancing class in a dingy North London church hall. Each is struggling to conquer either their inhibitions or dance technique, or both!

Then the day comes when Mavis breaks the news to the group that they have been invited to perform in front of an audience for a big charity concert.

With varying degrees of talent and determination we see how each class member copes with the challenge…but with only a few weeks to learn an impressive tap routine, will they do it in time? Can they make it? Or will they all, literally, fall flat on their faces?

Extract from NODA review

This was a play slightly out of the style the group usually performs and this broadening of the repertoire was coped with extremely well giving us a truly entertaining evening. It’s good to see people succeed when trying something a little different. The show itself was excellent, working on a number of levels and some strong characters were well depicted by some exceptional actors. This was supplemented by some amazing tap dancing, especially the closing number.    Read the full review



Photos from Stepping Out




Mavis – Vanessa Marchant
Mrs Fraser – Julia Coleman
Sylvia – Laura Jane Parsons
Andy – Kate Bromage
Dorothy – Ailsa Wright
Lynne – Sian Ashworth
Rose – Sharika Sharma
Maxine – Cat Fox-Kirk
Vera –  Emma Stallard
Geoffrey – Mark Stannett



Director – Stephanie Kendrick
Assistant Director – Ian Pring
Producer – Christina Myers