“Enjoyable, ambitious and slightly surreal adventure”

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 show taking place after hours in leisure centres across the UK. Set in the 1980s world of headbands and leg warmers, it follows a lonely woman coming to the gym for the first time and a lifeguard who has never saved anyone.

Live musicians belt out classic 80’s hits including I Wanna Dance with Somebody and Flashdance, and lead you through the changing rooms, gym, an aerobics class and finally the pool. You are a fly on the wall for one extraordinary day in these people’s lives, as characters from 80’s films appear out of nowhere to change the course of fate.

A guest cast of local people play various parts including the Karate Kid, the centre receptionist and pool spectators who suddenly break into a rendition of Holding Out for a Hero.

You’ll never look at your leisure centre in quite the same way again!

Following the huge critical success of User Not Found, we continue on the road with a new staging of our 80’s inspired show Take On Me, offering an intimate insight into the goings on at a local leisure centre. This unique production will tour to leisure centres in Dorset, Norfolk, Kent, Salford, London and Reading.

We are excited to announce the performance dates for the Take On Me tour, running until March 2019.

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November
Rossmore Leisure Centre, Poole, Dorset
Tickets on sale now: 01202 280000
Tickets online here.

Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November 2018
Alive Oasis Leisure Centre, Hunstanton, Norfolk
Tickets on sale now: 01485534227
Tickets online here.

Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 December 2018
Hoo Sports Centre, Kent
Tickets on sale soon.
In partnership with Ideas Test.

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February 2019
Broughton Leisure Centre, Salford
Tickets on sale soon.
In partnership with The Lowry.

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 February 2019
Everyone Active Acton Centre, London
Tickets on sale soon.
In partnership with Ealing Council.

Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March 2019
South Reading Leisure Centre, Reading
Tickets on sale now: 0118 9606060
Tickets online here.

  1. Created by Daphna Attias & Terry O'Donovan
  2. Directed by Daphna Attias
  3. Text by Andrew Muir
  4. Design by Amy Jackson
  5. Rehearsal Director Anna Woolhouse
  6. Sound Design by Eleanor Isherwood & George Hicks
  7. Lighting Design by Steve, Katy & Faith
  8. Assistant Director Deirdre Daly
  9. 2016 Cast Terry O'Donovan, Fiona Watson, Eleanor Isherwood, George Hicks
  10. 2016 Guest Cast Stefy Barton, Alex Curtis, Tom Dicker, Sophie Gunn, Stella Kailides, Jazzy Jones, Scott Swinton
  11. 2016 Choir Bletchingley Community Choir including John Spedding, John Thurston, Andy Catford, Astrid Charters, Owen Thurston, Liz Wise, Sue Reilly
  12. Photography Justin Jones & Jessica Bevan

"Enjoyable, ambitious and slightly surreal adventure"
The Stage


TAKE ON ME was commissioned by Farnham Maltings and Arts Partnership Surrey, co-commissioned by Harlow Playhouse and funded by Arts Council England.

The 2018-2019 Project is funded by Bit Lottery Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation and Arts Council England.

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