Norwich Theatre Royal performers seek unwanted shellsuits

It was the fashion fad of the Eighties celebrated by people like Jimmy Saville, Mr Motivator, famous footballers and the 'Scousers' from Harry Enfield's comedy show.

But now the garish shellsuit haunts the back of our wardrobes with its shiny material and clashing colours.

However, one group of youngsters from a Norwich dance school is desperately seeking shellsuits for an Eighties-inspired performance.

Students from the Heather Millan School of Dance and Performing Arts, on Cowgate, Norwich, have to kit out a whole cast of dancers for a routine in their production The Storyteller.

The dance number will track musical trends from the Seventies to today, whilst paying tribute to cult icons of the musical world including Mods and Rockers to the cast of the popular Eighties film Top Gun.

Sarah Millan said: 'We would like our male dancers in authentic shellsuits.

'I don't know why they are not popular any more, but they don't seem to be.

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'If anyone has one lurking in the back of their cupboard, we would love to hear from them.'

The routine forms only a part of the The Storyteller production, which takes to the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal on March 6 at 2.30pm and 7pm.

Other highlights include a magical dance piece inspired by the fantasy The Golden Compass and the ghoulish Spell School performance complete with witches, potions and spells.

A dramatic finale of glitz and glamour will bring the event to a close as the cast follows the world of Hollywood icons and explore the impact of fame on their lives.

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: 'Audiences are in for something really special with this year's show. Heather's students range in age from three to 78 and will be taking part in a wide range of routines.

'As well as a classic Swan Lake-style piece with some of the youngest students, there will also be some high-octane thrills and spills with pieces combining Mods, Rockers, Top Gun-style fighter pilots and even BMX tricks.'

If you have a shellsuit you would like to donate to the performance then contact Sarah Millan on 01603 763860.

Alternatively, if you would like to book a ticket for the performance call the Norwich Theatre Royal box office on 01603 630000, or book online at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk. Tickets cost �5.50 to �15.

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