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Learning the Paso Doble

By: Dilys Rose

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Learning the Paso Doble

By: Dilys Rose

Directed by: Irene Macdougall

Pearl was larger than life. An indestructible woman crackling in drip-dry crimpolene, and with a passion for Belgian chocolate. With a sharp tongue and a detached love, she was the most powerful influence in the lives of Hughie, her husband, and her three grown-up daughters.

But now she’s gone.

The funeral’s over and they’re dancing around each other, trying to find a way to cope as petty jealousies, old family tensions, loyalties and fond memories explode.

Even Hughie’s ballroom dancing holds little pleasure now that Pearl’s not here to disapprove. Peg’s trying to hold it all together, Dot couldn’t care less and is pursuing her career in politics, and life just happens to Teenie. But when she begins to hear Pearl’s voice in the fridge, events take a brilliantly surreal turn.


"synthesises often bitter pathos with pungent, life-affirming humour, avoiding compromise to either"

by The Independent


  • Janette Foggo


  • Monica Gibb


  • Catherine Keating


  • Pamela Kelly


  • Phil McCall


  • Gordon Munro


Creative Team

  • Dilys Rose


  • Irene Macdougall


  • Evelyn Barbour


  • Morag Ballantyne


  • Jeanine Davies

    Lighting Designer

  • Bill Ward

    Sound Designer

  • Philippa Vafadari


About The Show

Stellar Quines commissioned Dilys Rose to write Learning The Paso Doble for production in the spring of 1999 and carried out considerable development work on the piece, including a rehearsed reading that took place at the Traverse Theatre as part of the company’s first ever Rehearsal Room.

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