New ballroom dance drama waltzes in

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The New Vic Theatre and Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s world-premiere production of Kiss Me Quickstep, the new play by Britain’s ‘most consistently popular female dramatist’, Amanda Whittington, comes to the Stephen Joseph Theatre next month.

Directed by New Vic artistic director Theresa Heskins this new play looks at the real lives behind the fixed smiles and fake tan of the world of ballroom dance.

By the writer of New Vic hit The Thrill of Love, the theatre-in-the-round’s most recent London transfer, Kiss Me Quickstep is the first new work from Amanda Whittington since winning the BBC Audio Drama Award for 2016.

Justin and Jodie have finally made it to Blackpool’s national championships – via the motorway hard shoulder. Luka’s come all the way from Russia. Nancy’s been training for this since she was three. Lee and Samantha arrive on a wave of success. But what if your dance-floor dreams are turning into a nightmare?

Kiss Me Quickstep will see also see a community cast of dancers from Scarborough’s Kate Buchan Social Dancing school and the Stephen Joseph Theatre Youth Theatre appear alongside the professional cast, and features a voiceover from BBC Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Alison Hammond.

It runs from March 29 to April 2.