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Gritty New Comedy Satin ‘n’ Steel Comes to Stephen Joseph Theatre

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From the writer of Amateur Girl and The Thrill of Love comes gritty comedy Satin 'n' Steel, showing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in April, the first national tour of the play.

Against a backdrop of belting songs and powerful emotion, Satin ‘n’ Steel is a moving feel-good piece of theatre from Amanda Whittington, one of the UK’s most highly regarded playwrights, and marks the launch production from Roberts & John Productions.

A karaoke competition at the Rainworth Miners' Welfare Club brings together seasoned pro, Vince Steel, and talented beginner, Teena White. Together they form the all-singing, all-dancing club duo Satin 'n' Steel and set their sights on the big time. As love blossoms it seems nothing could go wrong, but a guilty secret threatens to jeopardise their designs on super-stardom. A sensational mix of classic pop songs - Daydream Believer, The Wind Beneath My Wings, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Time After Time, I Will Survive and Johnny B Goode - help their tenuous relationship unfold.

Taking inspiration from the showbiz world of the club circuit, the cruise ship and the holiday camp, Nottingham writer Amanda Whittington has created a warm-hearted story of not quite making it in either fame or the love department.

Tom Roberts, as seen in Emmerdale, Doctors and 2point4 Children, plays Vince, and Kilke John, whose theatre credits include Crazy For You at London Palladium and A Christmas Carol at King’s Head Theatre, plays Teena. They take on the lead roles during the 16-week tour and are also the driving force behind Roberts & John Productions.

Playwright Amanda Whittington said:

"I'm delighted Satin ‘n’ Steel is embarking on its first British tour. It is 10 years since the first production but the themes of the play are still relevant, perhaps more so in times of austerity. I've made a few changes to bring the story right up-to-date and it’s been great to revisit the characters and think about where they are now. I'm looking forward to seeing how audiences around the country react to them."

Satin ‘n’ Steel is directed by former Hull Truck Theatre Artistic Director Gareth Tudor Price. Theatre credits include Bouncers, Up ‘n’ Under, Educating Rita, Cooking With Elvis, Neville’s Island, The Office Party (New York) and Hard Times. TV and film credits include GBH, The Monocled Mutineer and Heartbeat.

The play is under the musical directorship of Greg Arrowsmith whose UK credits alone include: Hairspray and the Far Pavilions at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Cole Porter’s Aladdin and Shall we Dance at Sadler’s Wells, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Vaudeville, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium and Mykal Rand’s new production of Smokey Joes Café at the Landor.

The production is designed by John Brooking with lighting by Graham Kirk and sound by Sam Burkinshaw.

Satin ‘n’ Steel is at the SJT on Saturday 4, Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 April at 7.45pm. Tickets, priced from 10 to £17.50, are available at the Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at

Gritty New Comedy Satin ‘n’ Steel Comes to Stephen Joseph Theatre Reviewed by Editor on 20:16:00 Rating: 5

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