Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society show finally hits the stage

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society’s latest play, Stepping Out, has been in the making since 2019 when tap dancing lessons began in preparation for the performance originally planned for summer 2020.

The warm-hearted comedy follows a group of women’s — and one man’s — attempt to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in their weekly tap dancing class.

Mavis, a former professional chorus girl tries her hardest to teach the enthusiastic amateurs some performance skills for an upcoming grand charity performance.

But before the dancing begins Mavis must mediate the minor dramas that erupt among this motley but loveable crew. As the play progresses, so do the dance skills, but will they have the ability to be transformed into triumphant tappers?

When the pandemic struck meetings were closed down before play rehearsals had started and the production was postponed until 2021 and subsequently until RADS’ usual summer slot in 2022.

Unfortunately with moving the performance back, came unavoidable cast changes, but luckily new cast members were found who quickly got up to speed with the tap dancing, and rehearsals finally got under way in April of this year.

“I could not be prouder of the cast I have” said Lynne Kerr, director.

“Some have been with me from the beginning, and some have joined us more recently, but they have all worked together beautifully as a team, and judging from the laughter at rehearsals, have had some fun along the way.

“I am happy with the production, and the cast are looking forward to bringing the characters to life and entertaining our audience.”

Stepping Out performs at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, on July 28 to 30 and August 3 to 6.

Tickets are available from the Georgian Theatre Box office on 01748 825252 or online at