The North Wall presents


by Ron Hutchinson

Oct 03 2012 - Nov 03 2012


An abandoned dance hall. Six young people desperate for fame, fortune and next week’s rent. An unscrupulous promoter. A ravenous audience and a stranger with a past he’s trying to hide.

Out of the real-life phenomenon of 1930s dance marathons comes a new and powerful play which uses a thrilling blend of drama, music and movement to speak directly to our younger generation: those brought up on a diet of X Factor and reality TV, against the backdrop of a world seemingly in financial freefall.

Dead On Her Feet is an electric and athletic new work written by Emmy award-winning screenwriter Ron Hutchinson and directed by Barry Kyle, Honorary RSC Associate Director.

With bodies and souls stretched to breaking point there can only be one winner…but winning comes at its own cost… HOW FAR COULD YOU GO?

Directed by
Barry Kyle
Stephanie Roberts
Set Design
Alex Berry
Design Assistant
Tom Atkinson
Costume Design
Genevieve Beller
Costume Assistants
Anouska Lester and Bryony Arciszewska
Lighting Design
Eric Voecks
Technical Director
Clive Stevenson
Stage Manager
Stephen DIx
  • Jos Vantyler
  • Ben Whybrow
  • Sam Trueman
  • Kelly Gibson
  • Rowan Schlosberg
  • Victoria Fischer
  • Sandra Reid
  • Lloyd Thomas

The North Wall is Oxford’s newest producing company. Its core mission is to break down barriers to participation in the arts, uniting aspiring young artists with innovative professional artists to create bold new work through its integrated outreach projects and productions.

Production photos by Simon Annand


"The performances in Barry Kyle's production are consistently, almost overwhelmingly, strong.” What’s On Stage ★★★★

"Barry Kyle's production speaks loudly to a current generation already confined to the scrapheap of history, who want nothing more than the chance to stand on their own two feet.” Time Out

"Jos Vantyler is a tour-de-force as the promoter Mel Carney, swinging from menace to bonhomie and back” The Stage

"This is a timely and thought provoking production with a talented and youthful cast” The Public Reviews