AVAILABLE TO ACCESS AND DOWNLOAD FROM
WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER 2020, 12PM
“If I didn’t pick my feet up I was going to burst.
If I didn’t throw my arms out I was going to pop.
If I didn’t move my head and my hips, my fingers and my knees, my shoulders, my back –
I exploded into movement.”
We step outside and start to dance is a new immersive audio experience written by award-winning North East playwright Alison Carr (The Last Quiz Night on Earth, UK Tour; Iris, Live Theatre), which will be launched and available to download from Wednesday 28 October at Midday.
We step outside and start to dance is inspired by an outbreak of uncontrollable dancing recorded in the 1500s when a woman did, indeed, step outside and start to dance. And kept dancing. Within a month, four hundred people had joined her.
Why did this happen? Experts have put it down to mass hysteria brought on by extreme stress and hardships. Which surely begs the question – if ever there was a time to start dancing, isn’t it now?
On Wednesday 28 October, you are invited to download the piece, press play and start to dance (not for a month, don't worry!). Alongside the audio experience, there will also be a BSL interpreted and captioned film. Any dancing is welcome, from brilliant to terrible, it’s just about taking part!
Sarah Lewis Obuba
Written by Alison Carr
Directed by Melanie Rashbrooke
Produced by Emma Biggins
Production Manager and Sound Designer Craig Spence
Film maker Merlin Mee
BSL Interpreter Caroline Ryan