Take On Me – Hoo Sports Centre


A woman enters the changing room for the first time in decades.

A lifeguard twiddles his thumbs as he dreams of being a real hero.

A crammed aerobics class slides into slow motion; their thoughts tumbling out as they watch their bodies in the unforgiving mirror that surrounds them.

TAKE ON ME is a new show by theatre company Dante or Die, set amongst the 1980s world of headbands and leg-warmers that digs below the surface of the luminous colours and fitness fads.

Taking place after hours in your local leisure centre you’ll be divided into small groups to be a fly on the wall as you’re led through the pool, the changing rooms, the gym and beyond to hear the inner voices of a variety of characters as they strive for a better version of themselves. Performed by a company of professional actors with a local supporting cast and set to live acoustic versions of classic 80’s pop hits TAKE ON ME will be an intimate and comical experience. You’ll never look at your local leisure centre in quite the same way ever again.

This performance is recommended for ages 14+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Contains strong language and brief full frontal nudity.

You can buy your tickets from Medway Tickets Live on 1st and 2nd December at 4 & 7pm.

“Lovely, lovely warm-hearted night out on Saturday, what a beautiful, joyful hug of a show”

Audience Member, Poole, Nov 2018


This performance has been made possible by our partners at Medway Council, huge thanks to the Arts and Sports teams.


About Dante or Die

Led by co-founders Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan, Dante or Die work to interrogate and celebrate the human condition through the exploration of contemporary social concerns.

Dante or Die have partnered with a wide range of organisations including The Lowry and the Almeida Theatre, the Arts Partnership Surrey and Creative Arts East as well as businesses such as Hilton Hotel and Lok’nStore. They are SITELINES Associate Artists at South Street Reading, which champions performance in unusual locations.

The name ‘Dante or Die’ comes from the site where Daphna and Terry first made a site-specific performance together in the skate park of Kennington Park many years ago. The grafitti that has the words Dante or Die still scrawled there…