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Regional Tour 2004/2009

Stand 'n' Tan

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To create the characters Open Clasp's PCPP (or Participation in the Creation of a Performance Piece) drama workshops took place with women and young women from all over Tyne & Wear. In the workshops the community groups created characters, giving them life stories and using drama as a tool to explore the issues that had shaped their character’s life. Issues addressed included the problems faced by women seeking asylum, homophobia and bereavement. The characters and issues addressed in these workshops led on to Open Clasp’s third play Stand ‘n’ Tan.

180 women and young women in the following groups directly informed the creation of Stand 'N' Tan:

  • Byker Sands
  • St Martins
  • West Walker Family Centre
  • St Mary's RC High School
  • Walker Technological College
  • Quality Protects, Looked After Young Women
  • Untied Black Youth Association and Iranian Women Seeking Asylum, Angelou Centre
  • West End Women & Girls Centre
  • Ashlyns
  • Tyneside Women's Health
  • St Chads
  • Women 4 Women.

Stand 'n' Tan originally toured in 2004 and was retoured in 2009.

Set in a local 'Stand 'n' Tan' single mam Joanne is preparing for her imminent wedding- with a little help from her baby sister Sarah and chief bridesmaid and bestmate, lesbian nurse Sandra. But like most weddings, things aren't running smoothly... The girl's good friend Mary is in hospital with cancer and all seems lost when Joanne's dressmaker loses the tips of her fingers serving 4oz of Brie at the cheese counter in Fenwick's. Thankfully, Maryam, a woman-seeking asylum from Iran, saves the day by agreeing to take over the pearl trim. But Joanne's mam, Theresa, is far from pleased... Amidst the hilarity of duty free tabs and an improtu false tan session, Stand 'n' Tan explores prejudice and fear and what happens to people when they're faced with the loss of life, love, youth, land, liberty, a gold ring and a neighbour's dog...


Supported By:

Community Fund logo

northern rock foundation logo

NCC logo

Arts Council logo

sure start logo

community foundation logo

newcastle building society logo

ringtons logo

Lankelly Chase logo

YHN logo

NEWN logo

and the Newcastle Community Development Team

"Brilliant performance. You do our gender proud!" Audience member 2004

"With a feelgood soundtrack and plenty of gags, Stand 'n' Tan is light relief from heavy headlines, yet its serious undertones echo wider issues without making you feel guilty for letting your hair down" The Journal, March 2009

Stand 'n' Tan reached 4000 people during its 2004 regional tour and 2292 people in its most recent tour in 2009.

59 drama workshops took place with 180 women from 15 community groups to create Stand 'n' Tan.