Dressing for the Part

Death and Dancing

Touring theatre company Peppermint Muse has made a bold choice with its next production, Death and Dancing, which is coming to St Albans in the first week of February.  Written by Claire Dowie, who based the play on some of her original stand-up comedy material, Death and Dancing is set against the backdrop of eighties sexual politics. It is a fast and furious comedy that attacks conventional notions of gender and labelling.

When Max (male) meets Max (female) on the dance floor at university he fancies her even though he is gay and she is a lesbian. Whilst telling the story of their friendship the two characters demonstrate some hilarious observations on clichéd gender behaviour. Director, John Stenhouse comments, “The play is funny, sometimes shocking and very moving as these two characters challenge themselves and society’s categorisation and control.”

He continues, “It has also brought with it an interesting logistical challenge as the male actor has to try on dresses – finding suitable frilly numbers that will fit a man’s shoulders and chest is not that easy!”

Rehearsals for Death and DancingDeath and Dancing promises to be a fun and thought-provoking piece, although it does contain adult language and themes. The production runs from Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th February 2011, 8pm nightly @ OVO Pudding Lane, 29a Chequer Street, St Albans

AL1 3YJ. Tickets (£12.50/£7.50) can be bought online www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo or via the box office on 07807 521436 (no booking fee).

About Peppermint Muse

Peppermint Muse is a touring theatre company aiming to bring refreshing, inspiring and exciting work to new and seasoned audiences. We also strive to nurture new talent and offer learning opportunities whether on stage or as part of a production team. We welcome contact from potential new actors, directors, writers and production associates as well as any financial donations or offers of resource that will enable the company to continue keeping thought provoking theatre alive.

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I have been a St. Albans resident for 25 years and run a local business, Verulam Web Design, who created and maintain stalbanslife. I originally moved up this way in 1987 to start a Ph. D. at the then Hatfield Polytechnic and have worked in London or locally ever since. I have 2 children who went to local schools and seemingly a deep need to live in a Roman town. Currently performing as Tom Petty in the tribute band Petty Criminals (https://pettycriminals.com) and in the American classic rock show Take It Easy (https://takeiteasyuk.com).