Our Dancing Feet
Our ﾠDancing Feet (True, and not so true, tales from the Dancefloor) was conceived and written by Sara Clifford, about the Regent Ballroom in Brighton and the Winter Garden in Eastbourne.
Following the story of a group of friends on a night out just before the Coronation in 1953, the play draws on the stories and memories of local people and explores this fascinating time of great change, incorporating live music and dance, and performed by a professional cast along with local dancers aged from 13-78.
Co-produced by Sara Clifford for inroads and Veronica Stephens for Zap Art, performances took place at the Oceana nightclub in Brighton 2013, and at the Eastbourne Winter Garden itself in 2014.
The show is due to tour nationally in 2015/16, visiting ballrooms and dance clubs with this unique mix of site specific performance, professional and community performers, script and dance supported againﾠby Arts Council England.
"Our Dancing Feet was enchanting.ﾠ It was beautiful to see real stories woven into a ‘everywoman’ story of conflicting desires and demands, friendships, careers and love. ﾠIt felt like being transported into a kitchen sink movie but in full technicolour. The staging was perfect; the dresses and dancing were divine and the sound and projections magical. You assembled an incredibly strong team of artists, makers and technicians.ﾠ I hope it can live on beyond the performances."
Donna Close, Head of Arts, Brighton and Hove City Council
Directed by Terry O’Donovan
Designed by Lucy Bradridge
Choreography by Dorothy Max-Prior
Danced and performed by Matthew Blacklock, Anna Symes and Marion Duggan (Ragroof Players), Charlotte Dubery and Jean Trend
Commissioned video projection by Shared Space and Light, shown on the roof of Boots, site of the demolished Regent Ballroom
Sound installations by Thor McBurnie
All photographs © Ray Gibson
"I enjoyed its fluidity, the engagement of such a wonderful era and story."
"Brilliant, really loved it! Thank you!"
"Great story, lovely to see the stories of normal local people celebrated. Very talented cast. A fabulous show. Came from the community, involved the community and reflected the community. This is a story about any city with a working class that had enough money to go dancing."
"I learnt about the culture of the day. The feelings of the people involved, the excitement, the anxieties – things we don’t worry about any more, like asking the boys to dance ( we wouldn’t get any dancing otherwise!!)."