Luke Allan
Ursula Cheng

Carolyn Angelo
Tobias Cook

Tom Benn
Kirsten Cowie

Emily Bone
Andrew Denholm

Sarah Christie
Elizabeth Stewart

Jack Clark
Eileen Glass

Edward Keeble
Imogen Scott

Kerrick Newstead
Anette Fritsen

Laura C-Harries
Lindsay Grime

Daisy Dawes
Alison GlanvilleJones

Sam Elliot
Laura Darling

Martin Gaston
Gillian Kirkland

Mary-Caitlin Hentz
Sarah Tanat-Jones

Kirsty Kelly
Jaimie Lane

Miranda Jackson
Trine Mangernes

Ailish McA Green
Lindsay McBirnie

Gina Mortlock
Lucy McCririck

Richard O'Brien
Elizabeth Walker

Vidur Nauriyal
Sophie Newell

Sophie Playle
Marc Noble

Kirsty Smellie
Fiona Purves

Frankie Taylor
Genevieve Ryan

   

"This is my gambit, John," she unfastened my tie.
I closed his eyes and listened.
"It's 1939 and my grandfather walks into "Raymond & Lamont" on Oxford Road. He's brought a reluctant friend. Safety in numbers. It's a beginners dance class - Ballroom. He's got to impress a little someone so he's booked a lesson - Paid in advance, so he's gonna fucking get one. Only, thing is, the session happens to be clashing with an air raid. So nobody else has turned up. Everybody is too busy trying to stay alive. Instead of a full class of eager boys and girls, ready to be partnered up, there's literally only him and his friend. The dance teacher is bewildered and calls his young wife down to help mediate the problem. Ten minutes later the dancer's wife is being dragged across the floor by my grandfather's friend while my grandfather juggles between leading and being led by a male ballroom teacher. He thinks it was chosen this way on the basis of him looking the more presentable out of the two. His friend is glad the buses back don't start running again until evening."
She removed the playing card from my breast pocket then unbuttoned my shirt.
"Although dismayed at first, with plaster crumbling from the ceiling, gasmasks patient against the skirting boards, whirring propellers overhead - my grandfather soon began to perfect his quickstep..."

TEXT by Tom Benn + IMAGES by Kirsten Cowie