Uplifting new play We Should Definitely Have More Dancing makes world premiere in Oldham

We Should Definitely Have More Dancing is actress Clara Darcy’s remarkable, uplifting real-life story. Clara was fit, mainly care-free, happily single and joyously dancing through life until her world was turned upside down thanks to the arrival of a tumour – slap-bang in the middle of her head.


Exploring the things that define us, that fill us up and make us who we are, this brand new play is a celebration of life, stuffed full of love, heart and dancing, and performed by the actress herself with friends.


Performer and co-writer Clara Darcy said: “Although this is a show with a really serious subject matter that makes you confront quite dark, deep and difficult things about life and possibly even your own existence, more importantly it is a celebration of the brilliant nuances of being alive and actually what a gift it is to have a dance with death that brings you to that realisation.”


For We Should Definitely Have More Dancing Clara joins forces with renowned director Tatty Hennessy and the team behind the multi-award winning The Greatest Play in the History of the World, Ian Kershaw and Raz Shaw.


Co-Director Raz Shaw said: ”In 1995 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. After a year of heavy duty chemo and radiotherapy I was thankfully given the all clear in 1996. In my subsequent career as a theatre director that experience has given me unique insights that I have been grateful for over and over again. Meeting Clara, hearing what she’s been through and helping bring her story to the stage has been one of the privileges of my life and makes sense of everything I went through 25 years ago. I immediately connected with that feeling of being at the centre of an unimaginable and surreal whirlwind that not only yields fear and confusion but also unexpected moments of joy and euphoria. The play wonderfully echoes Clara herself. Not just her openness, which in itself is extraordinary, but more her ability to embrace the cacophony of absurdities that a life-threatening illness brings. And her need to laugh, cry and dance her fears away, often all in the same moment! I am honoured to be part of the brilliant team bringing Clara’s remarkable life-affirming story to audiences.”


Clara Darcy and Ian Kershaw are no strangers to Coliseum audiences; Ian penned previous Coliseum hits: Bread & Roses, The Mist in the Mirror and Star-Cross’d, whilst Clara has performed on the Coliseum stage in Chicago and Brassed Off.

We Should Definitely Have More Dancing makes its world premiere in Oldham before embarking on a national tour, including the Coliseum’s Edinburgh Fringe debut.


Co-Writer Ian Kershaw said: “I didn’t know Clara well. We’d collided at press night in theatre bars over the years and become Twitter friends. One day, I saw she’d been surprised by a brass band in her garden – not an everyday occurrence – I scrolled back and learnt of what had happened to her… I dropped her a line to offer my help if she ever wanted to write about her experience – oversee / co-write / whatever.

“We met, we talked about what had happened to her, and we soon realised this had to be a stage-play and we needed people to be with us to share the story – a story of someone sailing away and coming back with insight to help us live better, to be better, to be present, to be here.

“And now we’re friends, not just Twitter friends, but friends in real life. And I think that every single person who comes to see and to hear and to be a part of this story will also become her friend and will leave the theatre feeling the world is a bit fuller, a lot brighter, hugely happier and that we should definitely have more dancing.”


Chris Lawson, Artistic Director, Oldham Coliseum, said: “Clara’s story is inspirational and raises important questions about to which extent we appreciate our health and our lives. I’m so proud that the Coliseum is bringing it to the stage so that she can share it with audiences here in Oldham and across the North. We Should Definitely Have More Dancing is also the first show the Coliseum has taken to Edinburgh Fringe and I’m equally thrilled and proud that this show, with this talented cast and creative team, is making our Edinburgh debut”.

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