Kiss Me Quickstep

Commissioned by New Vic Theatre (2016)
Published by Nick Hern Books

Photo: Andrew Billington

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“You’ve got to face up to it, Jodie. We’re living like professional dancers who aren’t getting paid. And we can’t any more.”

Dancers Justin and Jodie have made it to Blackpool’s National Amateur Championships via the hard shoulder of the M6.  Luka’s come from Russia but Nancy’s still dancing to her dad Mick’s tune. Lee and Samantha are the consummate champions but Sam’s habit could cost them the crown.

What lies behind the fixed smiles and fake tan of competitive dance? Dazzling ballroom and Latin numbers combine with gritty stories of real-life struggle and sacrifice as Kiss Me Quickstep counts the emotional, financial and psychological cost of dancing to win.

See Kiss Me Quickstep in 2019 at Queens Theatre Hornchurch, 22nd February to 9th March; The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 13th – 23rd March; Theatre Clwyd, 26th to 30th March.

Facts & Figures

Directed by Theresa Heskins, the original New Vic/Oldham Coliseum production also toured to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and The Winter Gardens, Eastbourne Theatres.

At each theatre, the professional company were joined by a community chorus of dancers.  The acting company also received spray-tans and waxing in preparation for their roles.

Research began at the 2012 Blackpool Dance Festival, supported by the Theatre Writing Partnership Making Tracks bursary for a creative journey.

Kiss Me Quickstep: New Vic Theatre/Oldham Coliseum


Kiss Me Quickstep

“The combination of Amanda Whittington – a writer with an uncommon knack for intelligent, accessible drama – and the gladiatorial arena of sequins and tailcoats is a match made in ballroom heaven.”

The Guardian

“Kiss Me Quickstep uses the setting of the ballroom competition to explore the underlying issues a modern day couple faces in British society. Financial worries, domineering parents, addiction and the value of life are all scrutinised in this compelling and highly relevant play.”

The Reviews Hub

“This is an eminently warm-hearted play that should exponentially increase Whittington’s popularity. Which is no mean feat given how popular she is already.”

The Guardian

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