LONDON (AP) — Steven Knight looks astounded, almost lost for words. He’s just watched contemporary dance company Rambert run through scenes from the first act of their “Peaky Blinders” production, based on the hit TV show that he wrote and created.
Watching the immediate connection between the dancers’ movements and the audience is a revelation for Knight, who has teamed up for a full-length theater dance show that fills in some of the 1920s gangster drama’s backstory.
“I was never into dance. Dance was never a thing for me. I certainly can’t dance myself,” Knight says.
He was so impressed with the power of dance that he wrote a ballet scene into the show’s fifth season.
Recently Knight watched rehearsals of several scenes of the stage show, “Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby,” which has its world premiere at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday before touring around the U.K.
“I want other people…