Red Devil Debbie

TV bosses must like the look of Debbie Horsfield’s new drama serial.
Manchester filmed and set True Dare Kiss has been put into next month’s BBC1 schedule – just weeks after filming finished.
I spent some time on location in March, as you can read here.
True Dare Kiss was originally the second part of a stage trilogy, which began with Red Devils and ended with Command Or Promise.
I saw Red Devils performed at The Man In The Moon Theatre in London’s Kings Road around about 1984.
“It got really good reviews,” recalled Eccles-born Debbie when I mentioned that staging at the Chelsea pub theatre.
“And I think that’s what alerted the National Theatre to the whole trilogy – I think that’s how it came to be picked up by it.”

Amazing to think now, but the subsequent 1985 production of True Dare Kiss at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre was the first play staged there to be written by a woman.
“It seems a slightly outrageous thing now,” said Debbie, the woman behind Cutting It, Born To Run and Sex, Chips & Rock ‘n Roll.
The new six-part TV drama, starring Dervla Kirwan, Lorraine Ashbourne, Pooky Quesnel and Esther Hall, is different to those previous stage versions
You can read all about it in Friday’s first MEN TV feature, along with Debbie’s plans to return to the National.
True Dare Kiss

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