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Georgina Beyer

Sun 18 Feb 2007 In: Features View at Wayback View at NDHA

[EDITOR'S NOTE, 11AM 22 FEBRUARY: Fortune Theatre has just advised that the season of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks outlined in this feature article has been cancelled. Daily News will keep you informed about this breaking story as information comes to hand.] When Lily Harrison, an attractive retiree and recent widow whose husband was a Baptist minister, signs up with the handsome Michael for six dance lessons in six weeks, it seems unlikely that she will last the course. However, an unexpected relationship develops between the prudish widow and her cynical and equally lonely tutor. Michael knows all the dance moves, but perhaps Lily can teach him a thing or two about life! In Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre’s new production, ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’, New Zealand's favourite transsexual (former) MP Georgina Beyer will play Lilly Harrison opposite Douglas Kamo as Michael. “I can tell you that Michael reveals he is gay – but I won’t tell you more because it’ll ruin the rest of the story,” laughs Beyer. Written by American author Richard Alfieri, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is the opening production in the 2007 season of the Fortune Theatre. “It’s a wonderful challenge, terrifying really, remembering a script, but I’m looking forward to it,” says Beyer. Her recent appearance on TV’s breakthrough ballroom dancing show Dancing With the Stars was “a damn good kick in the arse,” Beyer candidly reveals. She lost weight while she was doing the programme, but has since lost more – and feels fitter and better than ever. The production begins this Friday at the Fortune Theatre. SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS 23 Feb – 17 Mar 2007 Book at Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre – phone 03 477 8323 Matt Akersten - 18th February 2007    

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First published: Sunday, 18th February 2007 - 12:00pm

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