Come Dance With Me

Missing Pieces Theatre Show Ltd and Paul Irving of Strictly Theatre Co Present:  “Come Dance With Me” – a New Play with added Strictly Come Dancing …

We are Graham Howes and Karen Lynne Foreman – Artistic Directors of Missing Pieces Theatre Show Ltd – aiming to “challenge preconceptions in an entertaining way. We are producing new writing for Theatre and TV. We will be launching COME DANCE WITH ME soon in association with Strictly Theatre Company.

What is: “Come Dance With Me”?

Come Dance With Me is a big epic Family Play with exciting Dance Routines. If you love Strictly Come Dancing, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Billy Elliot or Pennies From Heaven and big stories about Families struggling against the odds – this is for you!

It isn’t a Musical – but a Play – with some amazing Hollywood and Ballroom Dance routines. It has three great main roles for Women.

It will be touring in 2019 in association with Strictly Theatre Co and will feature Educational and Disability Workshops based around the themes of the play.

 One audience member at the Arts Council Funded Workshop said:

“I hate Musicals – but I loved this …”

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Come Dance With Me

This is an epic and ambitious show and deals with some of the hardest challenges that people have to face in life – such as: Aspiration, and the obstacles of Bereavement, Disability 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 disabled and working class families feel socially excluded.

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

Whenever Life gets rough they all go Dancing. Sometimes Dancing with the Stars but always they Keep Dancing through Life:

Sometimes it is the fantasy of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers from the Saturday Night Movies that 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

Sometimes it is the Saturday Night Ballroom Dance that takes people away from their stressful lives.

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!

Come Dance With Me – The Story

Come Dance With Me is based on a true story of The Hauxwell Family who lived in Darlington. But it could be any family, any time, any place. This particular family lived through The Great Depression, The Second World War 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 and the daughter of Lillian one of the female leads. The play has strong roles for Women.

If you were wondering 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 movie CUBAN FURY.

Richard is a World authority on the 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 Kylie and Madonna amongst many other stars. He often works on such shows as Sports Relief.

He choreographed every step of the Arts Council sponsored workshop in the correct period dance style.

He is going to choreograph the full show which tours soon.

 Film and TV:

We are also under consideration with some large Film and TV companies for COME DANCE WITH ME the Television series!

“Strictly Come Dancing” is a BBC Television developed format from the original “Come Dancing” which started in 2004 and is now a huge worldwide phenomenon called in other countries: “Dancing with the Stars” and other variants. It has been mounted in 42 territories around the World!

Co Producer Paul Irving of Strictly Theatre Company         

Paul Irving was Manager of St George’s in Gt Yarmouth, and started Producing in 2015 with a show featuring Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup of Strictly Come Dancing. He has since built his reputation on the Touring Circuit and recently toured Giovanni Pernice in TO DANCE IS TO LIVE.

This show has been Directed and Choreographed by Jason Gilkison – two time BAFTA nominee – who is the Executive Producer on Strictly Come Dancing and is the recipient of multiple awards in TV and Theatre.

He has recently toured a show with Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor and there is more on his current output on his website including another current tour with Giovanni.

We have a Theatre tour outlined for 2019.

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  

Missing Pieces Theatre Show Ltd

Call: 01473 879561 / 07875720623



 Choreographer: Richard Marcel

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Come Dance With Me – the Development

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Come Dance with Me The Real Family Left to right: Harry Hauxwell, Young Lillian, Lillian Hauxwell, Vi on a wheelchair with friend Nelly and young Joyce.

The real people in Come Dance With Me

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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 a semi staged reading at Live Theatre in Newcastle in 2011 and subsequently showed 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 on Thursday October 11th 2012. We were lucky to work with an extraordinary group of collaborators who went the extra mile and so were able to show a good 70 percent of the work in progress!

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

Competitive Dancing was so huge 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!”

A feature of Come Dancing was Amateur Dancers competing as teams and individuals from various areas to win. In local areas the prizes for Amateurs were often low value prizes like vases! The prize of Come Dancing was winning the coveted trophy and the glory for your local county!

One formidable Formation Dance Team was run by the fearsome Peggy Spencer. Peggy went on to become the President of the ISTD which is still the standard bearer for excellence in Dance Training.

Peggy Spencer MBE

Peggy trained Richard Marcel – which is a nice coincidence. She also told us that she choreographed the Ballroom sequence in the “Magical Mystery Tour” for The Beatles being rung up personally by Paul McCartney! She asked who her late night caller was; he said: “It’s Paul.” “Paul WHO?!” she asked. Peggy gathered together her people and they arrived at an aircraft hanger to shoot the sequence. There was no access to the stairs at the back. Time passed and she had to explain that wanting a waltz to “Your Mother Should Know.” which was not in 3/4 time, was difficult. Paul said that they would freeze on each 4th beat … Peggy was not amused. She told us that they had difficulty learning the choreography – which also featured many Amateur Dancers personally selected by Peggy. In the end Peggy walked just ahead of The Beatles just under the Camera walking the choreography for them to follow!!

She 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

Keep Dancing remembers the time from the Recession through the Second World War to the late forties and early Fifties and the emigration of the “ten pound poms” and the first appearance of Come Dancing on the BBC TV.

Communities looked out for each other and some people were at War in the Community.

This Community in Darlington is an actual one and we recall some of the characters and reflect some of the events- although names and specifics have been changed for dramatic purposes!

Harry and Vi Hauxwell were certainly real and the Grandparents of co author Karen Lynne Foreman and lived in Darlington! We talked to people who could still remember them.


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 and salty and tough but also capable of great kindness. She is also 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, which can be played by a minimum company of eight plus local community 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 staged reading were directed by Graham Howes….more on that on our Biographies page …Synopsis of Keep Dancing

 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…

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 We have Paul Irving Producer on board and our collaborator, Richard Marcel, choreographer from Strictly Come Dancing, is committed to the show so we want to get going now.

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Missing Pieces Theatre Show Ltd and Paul Irving of Strictly Theatre Co Presents “Come Dance With Me” – a New Play with added Strictly Ballroom

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