Blackpool's Winter Garden Comes To Eastbourne

Friday 3rd June 2016

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The Winter Garden Eastbourne is going to be transformed this summer as it proudly hosts the new hilarious and heart-warming play Kiss Me Quickstep (29 July – 17 August) from the pen of acclaimed playwright Amanda Whittington.

Through an innovative use of the space the beautiful Winter Garden ballroom will become a theatre-in-the-round, with special seating being installed to bank up around the central dancefloor which will become the stage.

This new play is set against the competitive world of Blackpool’s National Amateur Dance Championships and follows the ups and downs (along with the twirls and fancy footwork) of three very different couples; behind the fixed grins, sequins and fake tans there is a whole world of pathos which is sure to have Eastbourne audiences enthralled.

Eastbourne Theatres Artistic Director Chris Jordan was specifically looking to bring something special to Eastbourne this summer, and when he heard about this new play he travelled to Newcastle-under-Lyme to see it. He knew instantly it would work brilliantly in the Winter Garden, with the only obvious stumbling block, being how to stage it!

Chris said, “Kiss Me Quickstep’ is a funny, heart-warming play. It takes a look at what’s behind the fake smiles and fake-tan and the sacrifices that can sometimes be made to live out your dance-floor dreams.  It also features some great dancing. The play was wonderful but … the New Vic Theatre is ‘in the round’ and the play worked so well in this configuration with the audience on all sides. How would we possibly overcome this?

“The solution is an ambitious one but we have decided to do the play, re-worked especially for Eastbourne and to stage it ‘in the round’ in the Winter Garden.  What could be more appropriate than producing a play about ballroom dancing in our very own ballroom?!”

The Floral Hall will be transformed into a 400 seat performing space with tiered seating on all sides and working closely with the designer of the original production to bring Blackpool’s Winter Garden to Eastbourne’s!

This new performing space will create a unique opportunity to experience really exciting drama in the atmospheric surroundings of our own transformed Winter Garden. 

Kiss Me Quickstep will be performed in the round at the Winter Garden from 29 July – 17 August, to book call the Box Office on 01323 412000 or click here.


Photo courtesty of Andrew Billington

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