Press release Sexy play set to delight, shock and surprise! Play: „Modern Dance for Beginners‟ Author: Sarah Phelps Producing Company: in a space Theatre Company Venue: The Marlborough Theatre, Princes St, Brighton Dates: 14 – 17 April 2004 Times: 8pm Tickets: £8 and £6 (concessions) Book tickets online at www.inaspace-theatre.co.uk or telephone 01273 329433 Brighton based Theatre Company in a space who brought you „Janis‟ are set to shock and surprise with their latest production ‘Modern Dance for Beginners’ by Sarah Phelps. The Eastenders‟ scriptwriter responsible for Dirty Den‟s reappearance penned „Modern Dance for Beginners‟ which premiered in 2002 at Soho Theatre to critical acclaim. Now in a space have secured the rights to bring this play to „The Marlborough Theatre‟ from 14 – 17 April at 8pm. Owen consummates his marriage but not with the bride. Julia‟s handyman won‟t do the job he‟s paid for. Russell might be the grand master of the squalid meaningless one night stand, but all he wants to do is hold hands on the London Eye. And Frances…Frances is not looking for commitment. Not now, not ever. A series of encounters linked by a liason in a hotel bedroom, „Modern Dance for Beginners‟ is a cruelly comic play about love and sex. Director Lisa Perry (ex posh frocks theatre company) has been invited by the company to direct this daring production. “I am thrilled to be working with in a space and really excited about the play. It‟s a really strong piece of writing, very funny as well as being really tragic. The dialogue is sharp and sexy and the relationships are well drawn. The audience will definitely have lots to think about after the show”. Among the professional cast of local actors is Jamie Martin who trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and has since been busy carving a diverse screen career. Most recently Jamie has worked on television drama „Spooks‟. “This is a welcome return to the theatre for me as most of my work in the last couple of years has been on television. I am really pleased to be working on „Modern Dance‟ – there‟s so much humour and tension in this play, and the audience response is instant in theatre. I‟m looking forward to the production very much.” Playing opposite Jamie is in a space founder Nicola Haydn who has been busy writing and producing one woman shows since 1997. On describing the leap from „Janis‟ to „Modern Dance for Beginners‟ she explained, “The tour and London run of „Janis‟ attracted such a range of people, some of whom had never been to see a play before, which was so fantastic that I became committed to working on other material that would attract non traditional theatre goers. I was so inspired when I read „Modern Dance for Beginners‟ and knew that I wanted to produce it. The script is just what I was looking for and is really accessible to an audience who perhaps don‟t attend theatre on a regular basis. The venue is really well suited to this production too – intimate and friendly.” This play contains language and material of an adult nature. It is not suitable for under 16 years olds. Book early to avoid disappointment!
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