Come Dance With Me

Missing Pieces Theatre Show Presents:  “Come Dance With Me” – A New Play With A Touch Of Strictly Come Dancing

We are pleased to announce a showcase tour of COME DANCE WITH ME – A NEW PLAY WITH ADDED STRICTLY COME DANCING in September / October 2019.

With an extraordinarily talented cast, this play for all the Family, will also feature some amazing dancing from top class dancers who are also terrific actors.

PATRON: Len Goodman

COME DANCE WITH ME

Come Dance With Me takes a warm-hearted poignant family saga and adds the glory of ballroom and golden Hollywood era dance styles: the darker side of Victoria Wood with added Strictly Come Dancing!

Featuring Strictly Ballroom and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers style routines, the show is based on the true story of two battling sisters.

Lillian wants to be a professional dancer and Joy wants to own a string of shops. They both have dreams, but who will get what they want?

“I urge you to support this play Come Dance With Me.  It shows how a working-class kid has to battle to make it in the world of Ballroom. This story could have been my story – and it’s the story of anyone who struggles against disadvantage to find their success in the world” 

Len Goodman.

Graham Howes and Karen Lynne of MISSING PIECES THEATRE SHOW are pleased and proud to announce our phenomenal cast for COME DANCE WITH ME:

 

Sam Archer

Sam Archer is playing Jim  – he has been leading man in many NEW / ADVENTURES (formerly ADVENTURES IN MOTION PICTURES) productions including creating the role of Edward Scissorhands for the stage.

He was Prince in SWAN LAKE, Lermontov in RED SHOES and Pilot in CINDERELLA – to mention a few!

He has just been touring for Emma Rice playing Young Peregrine in WISE CHILDREN.

He played The Prince (and George) in THE HAPPY PRINCE, The Place. Dum / Dance Captain, WONDER.LAND, National Theatre & Théâtre du Châtelet, Rufus Norris & Damon Albarn.

FILM: SoldierMUPPETS MOST WANTEDDisneyJames Bobin
Business ManSHORT ORDER/LIFE IS A BUFFETIgloo FilmsAnthony Byrne, ALLIEDGK FilmsRobert Zemeckis
 
TV: Maurice in HUMANS Channel 4, MR SELFRIDGE ITV
 
Steph Elstob

Steph Elstob  is playing the leading role of Lilian – she has performed for Michael Clark Company, Bermuda Civic Ballet and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures as well as an international tour of The Bodyguard the musical and Kiss Me, Kate for Opera North.

TV: She was seen in VICTORIA (ITV) as famous ballerina ‘Marie Taglioni’.

FILM: On screen Steph has also danced in Anna Karenina, Avengers – Age of Ultron, Beauty and the Beast, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mr Selfridge and The Hour

Karen Lynne

Karen Lynne co author and co producer will be playing her own Nana Vi

Karen has been in many new plays playing Catherine Cookson in John Miles’ TOM AND CATH, Gracie Fields in SING AS WE GO, Flo Manero in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and working with Topol in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at the Palladium and on tour. She has co written COME DANCE WITH ME with Graham Howes. The pair also co wrote a play about Gracie Fields called SING AS WE GO which was an honest and very controversial look at a considerable woman which toured nationally.

Karen has also written: NEVER GOODBYE about Vera Brittain and A QUESTION OF ERROL FLYNN  about Errol Flynn – touring in 2020/21.

Hannah Wood

Hannah Wood is Joy – Hannah is a stalwart of BBC Radio Rep and has been heard in many plays on radio – including being heavily featured in THE HOME FRONT playing the role of Matilda James (series regular).

TV includes: Downton Abbey (ITV),

STAGE: The House of Bernarda Alba (Kings Head Theatre),  

Hannah has extensive voice over credits, including TV adverts for Gumtree, Always, Dreams Beds and Calpol. She has also narrated documentaries for Channel 5 including Don’t Tell The Doctor, and Not So Sweet Sixteen.

Hannah has played Joy in two different versions COME DANCE WITH ME in development!

Luke Jasztal

Luke Jasztal is playing George and Jock and has been seen in many Musicals: Pharaoh in JOSEPH tour and toured in MAMMA MIA! UK AND INTERNATIONAL TOUR, THE BODYGUARD . Elwood, BLUES BROTHERS – APPROVED, AMPM Ltd, Ross, FRIENDS: THE OPERA,

Stage includes: Horatio in HAMLET for The Rose Theatre, Berowne in LOVE”S LABOURS LOST, Valentine in TWELFTH NIGHT

Soloist/Royal Academy of Music Choir, ELTON JOHN & RAY COOPER CONCERT,

Feature Film:  Russell, DIRTY MONEY.

Tim Hodges

Tim Hodges is playing Wilf. Tim was most recently featured in MAN OF LA MANCHA (With Kelsey Grammar), STRICTLY BALLROOM at the Piccadilly Theatre. HALF A SIXPENCE  (Chichester/Noel Coward), Hyde in JEKYLL AND HYDE (Old Vic), OLIVER! (Curve Theatre, Leicester.)

He has also been seen in many Adventures in Motion Pictures shows: Hot Rod/Luca/Bruno in THE CAR MAN (UK, Ravenna and Sadler’s Wells), Bill Boggs/Jim Upton in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (international and UK tours and Sadler’s Wells), Italian Escort/Private Secretary in SWAN LAKE (UK and international tour),

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Palace), DIRTY DANCING (UK tour), CHICAGO (Cambridge), CATS (UK and Portuguese tour),WE WILL ROCK YOU (Dominion) and MURDEROUS INSTINCTS (Savoy).

Holly Harcourt

Holly Harcourt is Dorothy and Dance Captain on COME DANCE WITH ME.

BelleBEAUTY AND THE BEASTMusicalLead Vocalist, JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ – THE SONGBOOK REVUEDelphi Theatre Company
CinderellaCINDERELLAVampire WomanDRACULA,
Lead VocalistLADIES IN THE LIGHTFirst Light Theatre
 
StageDancerSPIRIT OF THE DANCE CANADIAN and UK TOUR, Singer dancer in the famous THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, 
Feature FilmFeatured DancerIBIZA UNDEAD,
 
CabaretThe Bombshell/Marilyn MonroeSONGS FROM THE SILVER SCREENThe Tootsie Rollers
 
RecordingLead VocalistDRACULA SPECTACULAR ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING, Backup singer for Cliff Richard.

 

Nigel Fyfe is playing Harry

Nigel Fyfe: Theatre includes:

Tony/Alex/Nick, THE COMEDIES, Jermyn Street Theatre, Morris, DRESS DOWN FRIDAY, Southwark Playhouse, John Fenwick, TELO, Bread and Roses Theatre, Jackie, THE TRIP, Southwark Playhouse,

Claudius, HAMLET, The Rose Playhouse, Bankside,  Ferdinand, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, Rosemary Branch Theatre, Ira Provitt, IRA PROVITT AND THE MAN, Clean Break, Vershinin, THREE SISTERS, The White Bear Theatre,

Facet 3, COMPULSION, Edinburgh Fringe, Mark, A MAN MEETS A MAN, Paddington Arts, Uncle Karl, THE TRIAL, Edinburgh Fringe

Links to book tickets are below – so BOOK NOW!

More about Come Dance With Me:

This dark but funny play spans 1938 to 1951, including the tumultuous years of the Second World War, as the two young girls go through extraordinary circumstances and challenges in their quest for a better life.

Expect remarkable and show-stopping dancing, expertly choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’sRichard Marcel, who has worked with MadonnaKylieBritney and Olivia Colman, to name but a few.

Suitable for family audiences from age 11 years upwards.

“Come Dance with Me” is an epic new family play with added Strictly – a play which also contains exciting Hollywood Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers style dancing and Strictly Ballroom danced by world class dancers. 

Leading ex Strictly Choreographer Richard Marcel is choreographing the dance sequences. He’s worked with Madonna, Kylie, Britney, and Olivia Colman to name but a few ..

Len Goodman, our Patron – Head Judge of Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars for so many years, is supporting this project with his blessing.

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We are Graham Howes and Karen Lynne  – Artistic Directors of Missing Pieces Theatre Show Ltd.

We aim to: “Challenge preconceptions in an entertaining way”.

COME DANCE WITH ME – Not everybody gets what they want …

TOUR DATES FOR SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2019

BOOKING IS OPEN AT SOME VENUES PLEASE BOOK TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AS TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST!

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO BOOK.

Albany Theatre Coventry PREMIERE 25th September 2019

https://albanytheatre.co.uk/come-dance-with-me

EAST ANGLIA TOUR:

Norwich Playhouse Norwich Norfolk 28th September 2019

https://www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/detail/come-dance-with-me

Corn Hall Diss Norfolk October 1st 2019

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Marina Theatre Lowestoft Suffolk – Matinee and Evening Show

October 2nd 2019 – Link Below 

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The Cut Halesworth Suffolk October 3rd 2019

http://newcut.org/events/entry/8776

South Hill Park Berkshire October 4th 2019

https://www.southhillpark.org.uk/events/come-dance-with-me/

Apex Theatre Bury St Edmunds Suffolk October 6th 2019

https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/details.cfm?id=485747&ins=642791

Booking Information as it is released for ticket sale. BOOK NOW!! One night in each venue of this Premiere tour.  Please Support New Live Theatre

PRIOR TO A MAJOR NATIONAL TOUR 2020 – see it now!

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What is: “Come Dance With Me”?

Photo of Steph Elstob by Alex Fine
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EVERYBODY HAS A DREAM – BUT NOT EVERYONE GETS WHAT THEY WANT:

What would you experience when you come to see our play COME DANCE WITH ME? An entertaining show with amazing dancing from eight top flight actor dancers – but also the play highlights some important issues that deserve to be aired around the role of women in society, disability, and the plight of young carers – and the effects of all this on the whole family’s aspirations.

Free Workshops in select venues:

It will be touring in 2019 and will feature Educational and Disability Workshops based around the themes of the play.

This will be offered to young carers, young disabled, and schools – which will give the play context and resonance for a modern audience.

The themes of the play explored include: aspiration, disability, being a young carer, and loss.

However, it also has a hopeful message, and positive outcome.

We will  look at Ballroom Dancing in the workshop and learn a short routine.

Real local amateur dancers are offered the chance to be in a class in the play!

Contact us for more details on:

Mobile: 07875720623

Landline: 01473 879561

Email: grahamahowes@me.com

Come Dance With Me – the themes

This epic and ambitious play with dance  deals with some of the hardest challenges that people have to face in life – such as: aspiration, and the obstacles of bereavement, disability, becoming a young carer for a parent, and the pressures when members of the family fall out.

This working class family lives from hand to mouth – so each setback is a real challenge in a time when working class families suffer disadvantage.

Because when they have a disabled member of the family they can also feel socially excluded.

However – the play is darkly funny – and they face all adversity with great strength and humour.

And the show is very much about Family, Parents – and what they give us, and how we deal with loss.

It is based on a true events.

The 8 characters all aspire to a better life – but will they get what they want?

The Characters: 

The main characters, in this cast of eight, are two young working class sisters and their mother and father – all with big dreams:

Lillian: A beautiful sensitive young girl dreams of being a professional dancer. “It’s people that matter – not things.”

Joy:  Is tough and no nonsense and wants a chain of shops and is ruthless in her ambition. “You don’t have to worry about others if you’ve got money!”

Harry:  Is a hardline and hardworking socialist. He wishes for his own Bike Shop offering hand made bikes. Attacked for not standing for the King, when the National Anthem is played, says: “When he stands for me – I’ll stand for him!”

Vi: teaches Ballroom Dancing but loses the ability to move and ends up as a wheelchair user. She wishes for a full time Dance School. “There’s no such word as: “can’t!”

Jim: Is Lillian’s dancing partner. Easy going and sensitive and works on the Railways.

George: Is a bundle of fun and survives being married to Joy! He is a Boiler Maker.

Wilf: Is a young lad from a broken home who is a bit dodgy. He is however an excellent dancer.

Dorothy: Is Wilf’s girlfriend – hard edged and a brilliant ballroom and lindy hop dancer.

Whenever Life gets rough everyone goes dancing.

Sometimes Dancing with the Stars but always they Keep Dancing through Life:

Because the fantasy of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers from the Saturday Night Movies “takes people out of themselves”.

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When Life becomes too much the characters fantasise about the Saturday Night Pictures and being Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers

The Saturday Night Ballroom Dance takes people away from their stressful lives.

And for Lillian and her partner Jim it is about winning Ballroom Competitions.

Ballroom Dancing was hugely popular up to and through the Second World War – with even Churchill insisting that dancing continue to pep up morale!

Lillian wants to be a professional dancer but has many obstacles to overcome.

While her sister Joy wants a string of Bakeries. And she is absolutely determined that she will achieve her dream.

Both sisters will have to put their dreams on hold. But who will get what they want?

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Come Dance With Me – The Story

Come Dance With Me is based on a true story of the Hauxwell family who lived in Darlington.

However it could be any family, any time, any place.

This particular family lived through The Great Depression, the Second World War and all the way through to the “10 quid tourists” of the Sixties.

Co author Karen Lynne is the Granddaughter of Vi and Harry Hauxwell, the father and mother in the play, and is the daughter of Lillian one of the female leads.

The play has three strong roles for Women.

Karen is also related to the late Hannah Hauxwell, who was the subject of a series of many books and documentaries, about her struggles as a Farmer in the Yorkshire Dales.

Richard Marcel – “Strictly Come Dancing” – Choreographer

Richard Marcel on the iconic set of "Strictly Come Dancing"
Richard Marcel on the iconic set of “Strictly Come Dancing”

 

RICHARD MARCEL was a resident Choreographer on STRICTLY COME DANCING and LET’S DANCE, and  choreographed the movies CUBAN FURY, parts of EVITA, and KICKASS 2.

Richard is a world authority on correct dance styles and is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the master of most dance styles in the world.

He has choreographed Britney,  Kylie, and Madonna, amongst many other stars. He often works on such shows as Sports Relief and Lip Sync Battle.. and you may have seen his He Man versus Skellator in the Money Supermarket ad.

He choreographed every step of our Arts Council sponsored workshop of COME DANCE WITH ME in the correct period dance style.

And he is going to choreograph the full show which tours end 2019.

https://youtu.be/6K1KvGrAHw0

Richard Marcel Website: https://www.richardmarcel.com/

Film and TV:

We are producing new writing for Theatre and TV.

We have had expressions of interest from some large Film and TV companies for COME DANCE WITH ME – the television series!

History of Strictly

“Strictly Come Dancing” is a BBC Television developed format, which started in 2004, from the original “Come Dancing”, which began in 1950. 

“Strictly Come Dancing” is now a huge worldwide phenomenon known in other countries as: “Dancing with the Stars” and other variants. It has been mounted in 42 territories around the world!

Our Theatre tour begins September 2019.

We will be launching a more wide ranging Spring tour in 2020. 

Before “Strictly Come Dancing” there was “Come Dancing” .. before that a Family at War … come and fill in the “Missing Pieces”!

And whatever happens – Come Dance with Me!

Would you like to see more … talk to us!

Graham Howes   Karen Lynne   Artistic Directors  

On tour there will be available in select venues:

Workshop for schools and young disabled:

The workshop will be devised by us in collaboration with Young Disabled performers, Carers Trust and a School.

The content will be written by a Top Education Professional.

The workshop puts into modern context the experience of the young daughters in the Second World War who aspire to great dreams.

When their Mother loses the ability to move and they lose their Father they are forced to care for her in a time when there was little help or sympathy for disabled people.

The workshop also looks at the World of Strictly and it’s antecedents. 

Carer’s Trust Letter of Support:

“Carers Trust is delighted that Missing Pieces Theatre is staging workshops to accompany their upcoming tour of COME DANCE WITH ME.

The daily challenges faced by young people who care for a loved one are all too real, but they are rarely shown in mainstream theatre and entertainment. That’s why COME DANCE WITH ME and the accompanying workshops are so important. They will enable many young carers to meet other young people facing similar challenges and the play itself will reflect the lived experience of young carers.

We are delighted that Missing Pieces Theatre will be getting in touch with our Network Partners in each tour venue area so they can encourage as many young carers as possible to attend workshops and see a performance which reflects aspects of their own lives.” 

Matt 

Matt Whitticase | Senior Communications and Marketing Manager – Carers Trust

A Chance to Appear in the Show for Young Dancers / Ballroom Enthusiasts! 

Participants will be sent a link via YouTube to learn and will be put into the show on the day!

Missing Pieces Theatre Show Ltd

Call: 01473 879561 / 07875720623

Email: grahamahowes@me.com

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 Choreographer: Richard Marcel

You can reach Graham or Karen at: 

01473 879561  or mobile: 07875720623

Email: grahamahowes@me.com

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Come Dance With Me – the Development

Come Dance with Me – the real family in our story:

Left to right: Harry Hauxwell, Young Lillian, older Lillian and Vi on a wheelchair with  young Joyce.

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The first reading of Missing Pieces – now called Come Dance With Me – a Play with added Strictly. Photo Vincenzo Squillino

We had held a semi staged reading at Live Theatre in Newcastle in 2011.

We then held a two week rehearsed development workshop with the dance routines in October 2012 at The London Welsh Centre. 

We were awarded an Arts Council Grant and a grant from Unity Theatre Trust.

We then presented our workshop to the public and industry professionals on October 11th 2012.

We were fortunate to work with an extraordinary group of collaborators who went the extra mile, and so we were able to  show a good 70 percent of the work in progress!

Reactions were extremely positive and have been worked into the latest drafts

Call: 01473 879561 or mobile: 07875720623

Programme for the past Arts Council Workshop above

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Come Dancing – the BBC TV forerunner to Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars

Competitive Dancing became so huge in the last century that eventually the BBC began the long running programme: “Come Dancing” – which ran from 1949  to 1988 making it one of the longest running shows in television history!

One of the typical comments from that show was: “2,000 sequins on that dress – and every one sewn on by hand!”

But a feature of Come Dancing was amateur dancers competing as teams and individuals from various areas to win.

And in those local areas the prizes for amateurs were often remarkably low value prizes, for instance, vases!

The prize of Come Dancing was actually the kudos of winning the coveted trophy and the glory for your local county!

And one formidable formation dance team was run by the fearsome Peggy Spencer MBE.

They featured strongly, and won often, in COME DANCING on the BBC TV.

And in training Peggy used to sit up high on a stage and issue rebukes and instructions through a loud hailer. And even the parents would sit in terrified silence

Peggy went on to become the President of the Imperial Society of Dance Teachers (ISTD) – which is still the standard bearer for excellence in Dance Training.

Peggy Spencer MBE

Peggy trained our choreographer, Richard Marcel, a nice coincidence.

She also told us that she choreographed the ballroom sequence in the “Magical Mystery Tour” for The Beatles after being rung up personally by Paul McCartney in the wee small hours!

She asked who her late night caller was; he said: “It’s Paul.”

“Paul WHO?!” she demanded!

Peggy gathered together her people and they arrived at an aircraft hanger to shoot the sequence. This involved the Beatles dancing down a huge staircase past Ballroom Dancing couples.

But there was no access to the stairs at the back!

Time passed and they played the music and she had to explain that wanting a waltz to: “Your Mother Should Know.” which was not in 3/4 time – as she had been told – but 4/4 time, was going to be difficult.

Paul said that they would freeze on each 4th beat … Peggy was not amused!

She told us that The Beatles had difficulty learning the choreography.

In the end Peggy walked just ahead of The Beatles staying out of sight just under the Camera, walking the choreography for them to follow!!

Peggy was never sure if it was the wacky baccy or the Maharishi that had made them so other worldly that they couldn’t get the routine – but it was certainly an experience that she never forgot!

Living in a Community

COME DANCE WITH ME recalls the time starting from the Recession through the Second World War, from the late forties and early Fifties, and the emigration of the “ten pound poms,” to the first appearance of Come Dancing on the BBC TV in 1949.

We look at that period without nostalgia and through the clear lens of what connects us to them

Communities looked out for each other and yet some people were at war within the community.

The community portrayed in Darlington is an actual one.

The show recalls some of the real life characters and reflect some of the major events- although names and specifics have naturally been changed for dramatic purposes!

Harry and Vi Hauxwell were certainly real people. They were the grandparents of co author Karen Lynne Foreman and lived in Darlington!

During the writing of the drama, we talked to many people who could still remember them.

One gentleman had been in the paratroopers and was parachuted in on D Day – with enemy forces shooting at him and his fellow soldiers as they dropped from the sky.  We told him that he was a real hero and he modestly replied: “I was just doing my job …” He was trained in the TA by Harry Hauxwell – one of our real life characters.

Another lady told us how when she went to school how Harry used to throw her an apple from his allotment as she passed the front door in Lewes Road Darlington.

We also heard of some of the local customs of the day when there was a death in the street and the coffin would be left open and the kids invited in for a look!

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Anyone remember swinging on the lamp post?

Cast of characters of Come Dance With Me:

Harry Hauxwell is a passionate socialist – which often gets him into scrapes with authority. He is a Carpenter, and builds and designs Bicycles, and he lives for his allotment!

 Violetta Hauxwell teaches Ballroom and Tap. Vi has a sharp sense of humour, intelligence, and great determination – favourite saying: “I can manage!” She does not suffer fools.

 Harry and Violetta have two daughters who grow up through the play:

 Joy, the eldest, becomes a hard nosed entrepreneur with ambitions well beyond her surroundings.

 Lillian wants to be a professional dancer – which is not taken seriously in the light of the turbulent times that they are living through.

 Jim starts off as a rather serious young boy, loving opera and ballroom dancing

 George is a practical joker, full of fun, and easy going, he grows up to become an engineer.

In addition for the TV series:

Charlie is the local bobby. In life, as in dance, he is always a few steps behind.

 Nelly is Vi’s best friend – an ex music hall performer – salt of the Earth, salty and tough, but also capable of great kindness. She is an amazing tap dancer.

 These are the main characters in our story but there are other characters like Jock the salesman, and Wilf the local wide boy, who can be played in a minimum company of eight plus local community dancer performers.

The dance routines are choreographed by Richard Marcel resident choreographer from STRICTLY COME DANCING and much more … If you love “Strictly” you will love this!

 Our Musical Director for the Arts Council and Unity Theatre Trust sponsored Workshop was singer songwriter actor director Simon Egerton.

 The workshop and earlier staged reading were both directed by Graham Howes

 Here is our phenomenally talented cast that were such an integral part of the Development Workshop presentation on October 11th 2012 –

Vi Hauxwell                                  Karen Lynne

Harry Hauxwell                               Bill Fellows

Lillian Hauxwell                                Emily Holt

Joy Hauxwell                             Hannah Wood

Jim                          Tadhgh Barwell O’Connor

George                                        Kenny Davies

Charlie                                       Simon Egerton

Nelly                                            Susie Fenwick

Would you like to see more of Come Dance With Me?

Let’s talk…

Call: 01473 879561

Email: grahamahowes@me.com

Associates: We have Paul Irving Producer, from Strictly Theatre Company, on board and our collaborator, Richard Marcel, choreographer from Strictly Come Dancing, is committed to the show.

Arts Council have funded us to make this happen.

More on Strictly Theatre Co

More on Richard Marcel

About Graham Howes and Karen Lynne

Together we toured the UK previously with our company performing: Sing as we go for over two years and then an expressionistic physical theatre Frankenstein.

We have two plays that we are about to tour COME DANCE WITH ME and A QUESTION OF ERROL FLYNN.

We have future plans to tour Europe.

Graham has been an actor, teacher, theatre director and playwright for many years. He has appeared in TV such as The Bill and Law and Order and Kingdom – and played Sir John Scarlett in the award winning trilogy on BBC Panorama on “Why we went to War”.

He has worked in various areas of the Theatre as Claudius for ESC in Hamlet, Senator Lyons in Of Thee I sing and also Let ’em eat cake for Opera North. He was Scheinkopf for three years in various incarnations of Fame and played the role at The Aldwych coinciding with the tenth anniversary.

He has been a Clown with his clown face registered on an egg. He has also worked in some large scale Theatre in Education – one being at the Tower of London for Amnesty.

He was Victor Zorza in Taboo for Cancer Relief. Eichelberger in Promises Promises Gus Williams /Inspector in Salad Days.

Film includes: John in Love’s Kitchen and Moocher in Evil Never Dies.  

Radio includes: Meltdown of the Golden squad, Yaxley’s Cat, This Green and Pleasant Land. Live broadcasts of Sunset Boulevard with Petula Clark and Michael Ball on Radio 2 and 4 xtra and Let ’em eat cake for Opera North on Radio 3.

Graham has directed Threepenny Opera, Sweeney Todd, Kiss me Kate, Sing as we go, Gulf Arabian Nights, Pinocchio and Frankenstein – to name a few.

He has written a Commedia Pinocchio, A Desert of Eden (with Mary Elliott Nelson) about John Clare, Gulf Arabian Nights parts one and two, Sing as we go (with Karen Lynne), Come Dance with me ( also with Karen).

He is a practicing Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner in Ipswich Suffolk. Out of this he is developing a play about PTSD,

http://hypnotherapyinsuffolk.co.uk 

He is Co artistic director with Karen of Missing Pieces Theatre Show Ltd

Karen is an experienced triple threat – which means having the ability to act sing and dance at an expert level. She has even taught American tap and singing. She also writes professionally.

Karen has been associated with developing many new shows: She was Catherine Cookson in Tom and Cath – a new musical by John Miles, Gracie Fields in Sing as we go, Phyliss Monkman in The Golden years of Jack Buchanan. Vera Brittain in Never Goodbye.

She worked with Topol at the Palladium and toured nationally with Fiddler on the Roof in it’s 30th year anniversary tour.

She has played Helene Hanff in the epic part for 84 Charing Cross Road and Flo Manero in a national tour of Saturday Night Fever.

TV includes: Kingdom, Love Bites, Spanish Heart.

Karen Lynne has written: Never Goodbye about Vera Brittain, co wrote with Graham Sing as we go and Come Dance with me.

She also devised an evening cabaret entertainment on Hollywood in the great era of the thirties – on which she is an authority.

A Question of Errol Flynn – Karen is an expert on Flynn and was consulted by the Australian Broadcasting Corp for their documentary on Flynn.

As a singer she has sung with The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, The Oxcentrics, 78 RPM and The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra.

http://karenlynne.org

She is Co artistic director with Graham of Missing Pieces Theatre Show Ltd

Please support our friends Northumberland Theatre Company and like their page – thanks:

 www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk/

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Missing Pieces Theatre Show Ltd presents: “Come Dance With Me” – a new dance drama for all the family with added ‘Strictly Ballroom.’

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