New play takes to the floor

Kiss Me Quickstep in Scarborough next week
Kiss Me Quickstep in Scarborough next week

Tangos and tantrums, rumbas and rows are what make up Amanda Whittington’s latest play Kiss Me Quickstep which is at the Stephen Joseph Theatre next week.

And this ballroom blitz has been garnering great reviews since it premiered at Oldham Coliseum.

Amanda - whose last play The Thrill of Love also visited Scarborough – watched ballroom and formation dancing in every setting from the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool to village halls.

“I went to Blackpool to watch it and to see how I could create drama from it,” she said.

“The result is a contrast between the bubble of ballroom and the real world. I got so much material, one teacher said ‘if it happens in life then it happens in ballroom’.”

The play looks at relationships of all kinds – couples and working relationships – and the affect dance as on them.

Amanda condensed her material into the story of Justin and Jodie who 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? How do you stop dancing to other people’s tunes? What can you do if your partner’s secret could cost you the crown?

Kiss Me Quickstep runs from Tuesday to Saturday April 2, daily at 7.30pm except Thursday when the play starts at 7pm. There is a matinee on Thursday at 1.30pm and Saturday at 2.30pm,