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Stepping Out

by Richard Harris

With Stepping Out, Richard Harris gave us one of the best ‘feelgood’ plays of the last 25 years. Winning the Evening Standard award as the best comedy of 1984, the work has been played to delighted audiences around the world ever since. Few people will fail to identify with the lives, hopes and ambitions of this group of nine ladies and one man who, week after week, attend tap dancing classes in the local village hall. This is a weekly chance to escape the domestic routine and commune with others to share the many pitfalls and frustrations of everyday life.

Anyone who has attended an evening class, attempted to tap dance, or been part of a team of any sort, will identify with these characters, the pitfalls that beset them and the euphoria of their ultimate triumph.

Stepping Out dancers

The Cast

Mavis Loraine Worrall
Mrs Fraser Margaret Baldwin
Dorothy Sally Lomax
Lynne Jessica Ball
Maxine Christine Mora
Andy Beverley Meek
Geoffrey Patrick O'Reilly
Sylvia Anna Whitney
Rose Karen Lawrence
Vera Jeanette Bennett
Lady & Fairy Betty Beddows
Nigel Clive Beddows

Director: Dave Baldwin

The Crew

Stage Manager Ian Pauley
Sound & Lighting Philip Preston
Ass Stage Managers Clive Beddows
Betty Beddows
Richard Worrall
Costume Stella Truscott
Geraldine Rees
Claire Milinczuk
Choreography Loraine Worrall
Front of House Miriam Seal
Jackie Cogswell


22nd October 2005 The Forest Theatre, Coleford
28th - 29th October 2005 Upton Bishop Millennium Hall
5th November 2005 The Powell Theatre, Hereford
11th - 12th November 2005 Fownhope New Memorial Hall
18th - 19th November 2005 Weobley Village Hall

Julie Harries, The Hereford Times November 10th 2005


It's a nice bit of synchronicity that the cast of Richard Harris's Stepping Out is raising cash for charity, which is what it's characters are doing in the play. Confused? You won’t be!

The BareBones theatre company's current tour of Stepping Out is a fund raiser for Children In Need.

This gutsy amdram group has garnered itself something of a following in recent months with much raved about productions of Shirley Valentine and Steel Magnolias.

Stepping Out continues the good work with a natty cast of 12 who between them give this play a fine showing.

A class of tappers joins forces for a weekly gathering of chat, tap and camaraderie.

There are some lovely character parts with 'good egg' Dorothy, busybody Vera and neurotic Andy, which gives the above average talented actors room to shine.

The action itself is a hoot and the cast gives a very convincing rendition of bad tappers transforming into slick tappers during a brief blackout.

There was a disappointing turnout for the Powell Theatre performance on Bonfire Night and it deserves better support for the rest of the tour.

See also

The Savannah Sipping Society

by Jones, Hope and Wooten

Toured: Nov-Dec 2005

Summer End

by Eric Chappell

Toured: April 2016

Visiting Hour

by Richard Harris

Toured: Nov 2015


by Patrick Hamilton

Toured: March 2015

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

by Neil Simon

Toured: November 2014

Inspector Drake and the Black Widow

by David Tristram

Toured: July 2014


by Jean McDonnell

Toured: April 2014

Prescription for Murder

by Norman Robbins

Toured: November 2013

Laying the Ghost

by Simon Williams

Toured: June 2013

Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting On A Green Park Bench

by John A Penzotti

Toured: November 2012


by Simon Moore

Toured: June-July 2012

Going Straight

by Richard Harris

Toured: March - April 2012

Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward

Toured: Nov-Dec 2011

A Month of Sundays

by Bob Larbey

Toured: June - July 2011

A Bolt from the Blue

by David Tristram

Toured: March - April 2011

One Last Card Trick

by Stewart Permutt

Toured: November 2010


by Gerald Sybleyras translated by Tom Stoppard

Toured: July 2010


by A R Gurney

Toured: March - April 2010


by John Godber

Toured:Oct - Nov 2010

The Beach Hut

by Mark Rees

Performed: September 2009

Happy Jack

by John Godber

Toured: June - August 2009

A Delicate Balance

by Edward Albee

Toured: March - April 2009

You're Only Young Twice

by Ron Aldridge

Toured: November 2008


by Ronald Harwood

Toured: June - July 2008

Day of Reckoning

by Pam Valentine

Toured: March - April 2005

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

by Neil Simon

Toured: October - November 2007

Faith Healer

by Brian Friel

Toured: July - August 2007

Memory of Water

by Shelagh Stephenson

Toured: March - April 2007

September in the Rain

by John Godber

Toured: Oct-Dec 2006

Educating Rita

by Willy Russell

Toured: July-Sept 2006

The Cemetery Club

by Ivan Menchal

Toured: March-May 2006

Duck Variations & The Problem

by David Mamet & A R Gurney Jnr

Festival: March 2006

Stepping Out

by Richard Harris

Toured: Nov-Dec 2005

Two of a Kind

by Hugh Janes

Toured: Jun-Aug 2005

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

Toured: Feb-Mar 2005

Shirley Valentine

by Willie Russell

Toured: Sep-Oct 2004