Dante or Die: Take On Me


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.


Created by Daphna Attias & Terry O'Donovan

Directed by Daphna Attias

Text by Andrew Muir

Design by Amy Jackson

Rehearsal Director: Anna Woolhouse

Sound Design by Eleanor Isherwood & George Hicks

Lighting Design by Steve, Katy & Faith

Assitant Director: Deirdre Daly

Cast: Terry O'Donovan, Fiona Watson, Eleanor Isherwood & George Hicks

Participation cast: Stephy Barton, Alex Curtis, Tom Dicker, Sophie Gunn, Stella Kailides, Jazzy Jones, Scott Swinton

Choir: members of Bletchingley Community Choir including John Spedding, John Thurston, Andy Catford, Astrid Charters, Owen Thurston, Liz Wise, Sue Reilly

The show is the winner of Arts Partnership Surrey & Farnham Malting’s ‘Not for the Likes of Me’ commission, and co-commissioned by Harlow Playhouse. The production is supported by funding from Arts Council England.

Photographs by Justin Jones & Jessica Bevan

"Enjoyable, ambitious and slightly surreal adventure"The Stage