Bullying drama Dance to have stage premiere at King’s Head Theatre

Saffron Coomber and Christopher Harper will star in the live stage premiere of Matthew Morrison’s new play, Dance, at the King’s Head Theatre in London

Dance King's Head Theatre
Christopher Harper and Saffron Coomber

Matthew Morrison’s new drama, Dance, about online bullying and social media, is to have its live stage premiered at the King’s Head Theatre in London.

The play, which made its debut last year as an online production, will run from 12 to 17 July as part of the King’s Head’s annual festival of new-writing, Playmill.

It features rising star Saffron Coomber, whose credits include three years as Sapphire Fox in Tracy Beaker Returns and, more recently, the title role in the West End transfer of Emilia by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.

Her father is played by Christopher Harper who is best known as Bethany Platt’s villainous ex, Nathan Curtis, in Coronation Street and most recently appeared in Original Theatre Company’s online production of Apollo 13: Dark Side of the Moon.

Dance is produced by The Soho Poly – the pioneer of lunchtime theatre in the 1970s and 80s – as their first new play in over 30 years.

The play is described as a captivating, funny and unpredictable story that explores the impact of social media on mental health and how online bullying impacts young people in today’s society.

It tells the story of young Kemi who is being bullied. Everything her dad does to help only makes it worse. But when Kemi is humiliatingly thrust into the limelight, the pair concoct a dark revenge that might just go viral.

The production is directed by Charlotte Peters, with music and sound design by Lindsey Miller and choreography by Lily Howkins. It features a track performed by Kaya Palmer.

Morrison’s previous plays include Through the Night at the Finborough Theatre, Inside Out at HighTide festival and The Shelter at Riverside Studios. The Bounds was shortlisted for the Theatre503 playwriting award and chosen by London’s Arcola Theatre for its Playwrought scheme for championing new writing and voices.

Dance debuted online last summer via the show’s website, dancetheplay.co.uk, going on to be featured on the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine site.

It is produced by The Soho Poly in association with Brickdust who work with writers to develop stories told from an alternative perspective.

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