Fred and Ginger by Michael Southan

“Ooh, you make me furious Carl. Right … I’m calm. Let’s take it again from the top!”
“Why am we dancin’ when nobody else is?”
“Cuz then if Mr F. sees how committed we am we’ll get a big role next year!”
“I day want a big role.”
“Why are you here then?”
“Detention. Tsk.”
Rehearsals after school. Izzy is in the chorus and wants to prove herself. She is determined to work her way up through the ranks and eventually secure a lead role, as one day she wants to ‘goo drama college’. Carl is only here because he got caught (allegedly) sellin’ sherbet Dib Dabs cut with washing powder.
Set in a Black Country secondary modern (or, if you will, an ‘Academy’), ‘Fred and Ginger’ is a bostin’ comedy drama that is an hommage to those halcyon days at school. It is a reminder that most of us manage to eventually grow up, find our own way, and leave education. But not necessarily in that order…
The show lasts about 50 mins and is suitable for folks over the age of 12 (‘cos there am a few naughty words in it!)

“Fred and Ginger was developed as part of ‘Graeae Theatre’s Write To Play,’ a development programme for D/deaf and disabled writers; in partnership with Leicester Curve, Coventry Belgrade Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.”


Michael Southan

Michael was born and raised in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands and has been writing for theatre since 2013. He is interested in finding the rhythms of characters’ voices and capturing the every day within his work. Michael is an alumni of Graeae Theatre’s ‘Write To Play’, a writer development programme for D/deaf and disabled artists. Michael is currently on attachment at Birmingham REP, as part of 2018’s Foundry cohort.  Michael’s plays include, Pebble, The Litter Tray Manifesto, Plenty of Ish and Kerbs. Michael and Gritty Theatre will collaborate on a new play to tour the Black Country in 2019.


Ian Robert Moule

Ian is co-founder and artistic director of Gritty Theatre.

For Gritty Theatre he has directed: About a Goth, Amateur Girl, Bones, Chapel Street, The Night Before Christmas, Stacey, Bottleneck, Fred and Ginger and Yen.

Other productions include:

The Boy Who Grew Too Fast, The Telephone, A Hand of Bridge, Little Shop of Horrors, The History Boys, Lord of the Flies, Notes for a first time Astronaut, Taming of the Shrew, and Cooking with Elvis.

Ian studied at the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hamburg. He has worked for Hamburg State Opera, Stadttheater Bielefeld, Cologne Opera House, Spoleto Festival USA, Glyndebourne, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Royal Opera House London.

Associate Director

Dominic Thompson

Dominic is co-founder and producer for Gritty Theatre.

Associate Director on Yen and Fred and Ginger.

He has produced all of their productions to date. As an actor for them, he has appeared in: About a Goth, Bones, Chapel Street, Death of a Clown, Night before Christmas, Bottleneck, Fred and Ginger and Yen.

Other theatre includes: The History Boys, Lord of the Flies, Dogs of War and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Dominic has appeared in films including The Day That BrokeThy Name is Woman and Brumville. Film shorts include: Scratch That, It Was Us, and Return of the Ring.

Television appearances include Lucid: The Dreamwalker.

            Dominic is represented by Red Talent Management.


Corey currently trains with Director/ Acting coach Tracey Street

This is his first professional theatre production.

Corey is ecstatic to be a part of Fred & Ginger, and to be working along side the Gritty Theatre team.

Represented by RED Talent Managemen


Tilly Farrell Whitehouse

While Tilly was studying Acting at BMAPA college she was introduced to Gritty Theatre. During this time she worked mainly on musical theatre in Parade, Titanic, 13! and  Avenue Q. She has appeared in short advertisement for ‘Our Society’  and ‘Our Place’.  Her Gritty credits include 'Jennifer' in YEN and  ‘Izzy’ in Fred & Ginger. Tilly is excited to get back into Izzy for its small tour around the UK.