Strictly Siblings Head Out On A Socially Distanced Tour
Strictly Champion siblings Kevin and Joanne Clifton are heading out on tour this autumn with an intimate show produced for a socially distanced audience – AN EVENING WITH KEVIN AND JOANNE CLIFTON.
The show visits Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre on Monday 16th November, and will be their first event after the enforced coronavirus closure. Coinciding with the 5th Anniversary of their 2015 re-opening, and during a pandemic which has threatened their very existence, the event will be of special significance to both the theatre and their huge number of supporters. The Spa has been very busy during its period of closure, for example it has added an automatic social distancing tool to its online ticket sales, so that customers can still select and book their own seats in the knowledge that they will have a safe distance all around them.
The talented brother and sister were originally due to tour together for the first time earlier this year in the world’s leading Ballroom show, Burn The Floor, but unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the tour was unable to go ahead. That tour has been rescheduled to 2021 and Kevin will now be headlining it without his sister, as Joanne had prior commitments.
Keen to still work with his sister, Kevin and the show’s producers came up with the AN EVENING WITH show, perfect for a smaller audience, and this show now represents perhaps the only chance to see the incredibly talented siblings perform together.
AN EVENING WITH will give audiences a glimpse into the Clifton family’s dancing lives, from young children growing up in a dancing family, to the successful performers they are today.
They will sing songs from their CD, share stories of their dancing lives, and perform some favourite Ballroom and Latin dances with their professional partners in an intimate show with the famed ‘Strictly’ attention to detail and fabulous dance routines.
Hailing from a successful dancing family – parents Judy and Keith are former World Champions – the Clifton siblings have numerous competitive Ballroom and Latin dance accolades between them, including World Champion, British Champion, European Champion, and International Open titles. They have both also won the highly sought after glitter ball trophy on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing – Kevin in 2018 with journalist Stacey Dooley, and Joanne in 2016 with TV presenter Ore Oduba.
Talking about the show, KEVIN says “We all miss performing and producing live shows and it is great to be able to get back on stage! We know people’s health and safety is paramount and we have designed our show 100% around that. Myself, Joanne and our producers feel a responsibility to the theatre industry to help rebuild audience confidence, so that one day theatres will be full again.”
Producer Paul Irving of Strictly Theatre Co. says “We feel this is a great way to support venues across the country, as well as provide work for freelancers from the theatre industry who have had limited support over the last six months. The aim is to boost audience confidence levels so that they feel safe to come to a theatre and watch live shows again. It also gives venues the opportunity to perfect safe social distancing measures.”
Ray Anderson, Director of The Spa, added “We’re so grateful to the Strictly Theatre Co and Kevin & Joanne for bringing us this fantastic show. The virus has given us huge challenges and to survive in a future with our capacity reduced by two thirds will be very difficult. The fact that we are able to re-open with a show of this quality shows how far we have come as a theatre, and it will be a valuable opportunity to ensure that all of our virus precautions are working as we planned before we head into what we hope will be a busy winter complete with Cinderella, our annual pantomime.”
Join Kevin and Joanne for a lovely evening of song, dance and dancing memories!
The production is suitable for a socially distanced audience and is being created and toured with the audience, theatre staff, cast and crew safety at the forefront. Tickets are available online at www.fxspa.co.uk.
The tour opens at Kings Theatre, Portsmouth on the 29th October 2020, stopping at venues across the country until 3rd December 2020. On the 1st December the show visits the iconic Palace Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s West End.