Lucy Hind: Dancehall

Date - 11 September, 2015, All News Opening Nights Theatre

Lucy Hind co-directs Dancehall with Esther Richardson which opens this evening at CAST in Doncaster.

First dances at the Co-op Ballroom through to smooches at Top Rank. Boy on one side of the tracks meets girl from the other at Romeo and Juliet’s, whilst The Beatles play St James’s baths, the Sex Pistols storm Outlook and Bowie rocks Silver Street. Broken heels at Seventh Heaven to broken hearts at Parklands…

Taking in dance floor crazes and fashion trends, Dancehall is our story.

How we danced through wars hoping soldiers would come home, how we kept going through the strikes. It’s the moves we made through sixteen Prime Minister’s and massive social change. It’s throwing down shapes when our horse won at the St Leger and Dads awkwardly dancing at that street party for the Queen’s coronation. It’s children in Saturday morning classes stepping on stage for the first time, and revellers on Saturday night floors having one last drink.

With a soundtrack playing the music of our time, spanning the last eighty years, Dancehall dances through the decades as we revive memories and relive our history.


Lucy trained in choreography, mime and physical theatre at Rhodes University, South Africa and went on to perform with the celebrated First Physical Theatre Company.

Since arriving in the UK she has worked as Movement Director and Performer in many acclaimed British theatres including the The Old Vic, The Royal Exchange, Almeida, Barbican, Lowry, Sheffield Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Bath Theatre Royal. Lucy is a member of the award winning Slung Low theatre company and a selector for the National Student Drama Festival.

Lucy has received critical acclaim for her Movement Direction on Girl from the North Country (The Old Vic/ West End). Other recent work includes Movement Director on Ugly Lies the Bone (National Theatre), No's Knife (The Old Vic) and The House of Bernada Alba at The Royal Exchange. Choreographer on The Snowmaiden for Opera North; The Merchant Of Venice with Jonathan Munby at The Globe Theatre, and The Effect for Sheffield Theatres directed by Daniel Evans.

Lucy's choreography for television includes the Cbeebies pantomimes The Snow Queen, The Nutcracker & Peter Pan and the award-winning writer Russell T Davies' series Banana.

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