Stepping Out

Stepping Out, performed by Stage Avenue Performing Arts at theSpace @ Nidry Street, is a serviceable production of the British comedy originally written in 1984 by Richard Haaris.

The choreography Is a highlight of the production and the actors do not disappoint on the final cathartic dance number

The play follows the lives of eight different characters from varying social and economic circles who come together in a weekly tap dance class in the basement of a dingy North London church hall.

This production suffers from some uneven acting by the core ensemble. There were many moments where the audience was straining to hear dialogue, making the nuanced circumstances of the multiple characters hard to fully follow.

The direction also struggles with the deep thrust nature of the space, making it hard for the audience to see and hear all of the characters.

The clear standout from the performers are the former patient/professional dance instructor Mavis, who brings a quiet dignity and depth to the role. The show is also helped along by the great comedic timing of Mrs Fraser, whose witty retorts bring great moments of hilarity to the production.

The choreography is a highlight of the production, and the actors do not disappoint on the final cathartic dance number. I only wish each of the actors had infused the drama with more immediacy and vocal energy. Just the slightest shift in performance could make for a great evening at the theatre.

Reviews by Stephen Svoboda

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The Blurb

Described as a funny and heart-warming comedy, Stepping Out follows the lives of seven women and one man who meet at a weekly dance class to tap their troubles away. Led by the patient ex-professional Mavis, the group begin their journey with two left feet and end up exceeding all expectations as they are asked to perform in a public charity gala. Stepping Out is a hugely popular play that is set to delight audiences at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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