This comedy play concerns eight individuals from disparate backgrounds and with differing motivations who attend the same weekly tap dancing class in a dingy church hall. Despite the students at first treating the classes as social occasions, and showing little co-ordination, they later develop a level of skill and cohesiveness. The dance routines are the background for the focus of the play, the relationship and interaction of different people.
Mavis – 25-40
Teacher, ex-pro dancer, attractive, considerate, organised and always in charge of the group. Required: proficient tap-dancer.
Eager to please, understatedly pretty, never wears make-up, about 20 - 25, a student nurse.
Dorothy – 20-40
Small, anxious, birdlike, between 25 - 45, habit of repeating other people’s last words.… people’s last words.
Maxine – 27-40
Confident, attractive, Jewish business woman, big diamond rings, 30 - 40.
Andy – 20-40
(Woman), thin, 25 - 40, timid, bullied by her husband.
Geoffrey – 25-40
Shy, quiet, honest, a bit bumbling, widower, has a crush on Andy, 30 - 50.
Desirable: able to play the piano
Sylvia – 20-40
Short, bubbly, flirty, over-ample curves! Chews gum all the time, 25 - 40.
Rose – 25-40
Black, larger than life, Trinidadian/Asian, wearing obvious wig,
crucifix around her neck and lots of finger rings, 30 - 50.
Vera – 30-45
Neat, proper, snob, well-meaning, expensive tastes in clothes (but doesn’t quite get it right),
immaculate hair & make-up, aspiring middle-class, 35 - 50.