Giggles and a happy ending

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Stepping Out - Lowther Pavilion

Fylde Coast Players were on top form with Rosie Withers’ production of Richard Harris’s 1984 comedy Stepping Out.

The play’s humour stems from the well-drawn and contrasting characters of the nine women and one man who make up an aspiring dance class and from a script littered with some really funny one-liners.

Helen Barrow as Vera exploits her character’s unconscious snobbishness to the full – immaculate timing and delivery, comically ridiculous costumes and great stage presence throughout here. Vera Cummins as the grumpy accompanist Mrs. Fraser is excellent, her lines spoken slowly and with all the nuances in place.

There was some fine physical acting from Vicki Henderson, contorting herself constantly in the face of her inner tensions, whilst Andy Cooke was in his element as the hesitant widower Geoffrey.

It is very much a happy ending play and the scene of exploration of the personal stresses of each of the characters seems almost to be written and inserted for the sake of it – we somehow know that we will see everyone in harmony with each other and tap dancing very much more than competently in the finale.

Anna Cross as the dancing teacher and Bernadette Scully, a warm and humorous Maxine, take their opportunities and Holly Sagar, Heather Cartmell, Gill Winward and Andrea Neville make up a strong ensemble. The audience laughed and appreciated the pleasing performances and well-judged direction.