Liverpool and Salford Fallen Angels recovery dancers

Vera Liber

Following shows at The Lowry and the Clore Studio at London’s Royal Opera House, Chester-based Fallen Angels Dance Theatre will perform Hell Can Wait, a new dance theatre production that retells stories of addiction and recovery, at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Saturday 9 September 2017 during the national UK Recovery Walk 2017 event prior to a UK tour in 2018

Under the artistic direction of Paul Bayes Kitcher, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre supports people in recovery from addiction and encourages them share their experiences with the public through performance.

Hell Can Wait has been developed through story gathering and dance workshops with company members and participants from Liverpool and Salford working alongside dance professionals.

One company dancer is Liverpool-based Philip Ashby who recently graduated with a first-class honours degree from Liverpool’s Hope University. His first experience of dance and theatre was with FADT in 2012 during his rehabilitation from addiction. He enrolled at Liverpool Community College before studying Dance and Drama at Hope University and was awarded The Liz Bruen Prize for the Best Performing Student in Dance.

Ashby said, “dance has opened a creative mind for me and I am no longer scared of the future, I am beginning a new and exciting chapter in my life. I have no idea what lies ahead for me but I am up for the challenge and will see what comes my way.

"The degree and the continued support of friends and colleagues at Fallen Angels Dance Theatre has helped me not to give up, but to push on and achieve my goals. I really hope my story can help inspire others too.”