A woman enters the changing room for the first time in decades.
A lifeguard twiddles his thumbs as he dreams of being a real hero.
A crammed aerobics class slides into slow motion; their thoughts tumbling out as they watch their bodies in the unforgiving mirror that surrounds them.
Take On Me is a new show set amongst the 1980s world of headbands and legwarmers that digs below the surface of the luminous colours and fitness fads. Taking place after hours in your local leisure centre you’ll be divided into small groups to be a fly on the wall as you’re led through the pool, the changing rooms, the gym and beyond to hear the inner voices of a variety of characters as they strive for a better version of themselves. Performed by a company of professional actors with a local supporting cast and set to live acoustic versions of classic 80’s pop hits Take On Me will be an intimate and comical experience. You’ll never look at your local leisure centre in quite the same way ever again.
On tour in Surrey throughout September & October 2016:
Sat 8th Sept: de Stafford Sports Centre, Caterham – 6pm & 8pm (call 01883 344355)
Sat 24th Sept: River Bourne Health Club, Runnymede – 7pm (call 01932 560560)
Sat 1st Oct: Woking Leisure Centre – 8.30pm (call 01483 771122)
Sat 8th Oct: Farnham Leisure Centre – 6.30pm & 8.30pm (call 01252 723208)
Sat 15th Oct: Dorking Sports Centre – 8.30pm (call 01306 870180)
Sun 23rd Oct – Ash Manor Sports Centre – 5pm (call 01252 325484)
Sat 29th Oct – Spelthorne Leisure Centre – 6.30pm & 8.30pm (call 01784 493493)
Take On Me was awarded the ‘not for the likes of me’ commission, created by Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings to tour a piece of theatre in Surrey that has, at its heart, the ambition to reach people who don’t normally engage with the arts. This project is supported by Arts Council England. Seed funded by Harlow Playhouse.