Peaky Blinders’ Adapted As Contemporary Dance Show, Carries Story Forward

The popular BBC/Netflix series will be performed on stage

This is certainly an odd combo, but it worked. The popular BBC show Peaky Blinders has been adapted into a contemporary dance show by dance company Rambert. Even creator Stephen Knight was astounded after watching the performers proceed with the first act of the show.

Let’s check in details about the performance.

The Peaky Blinders Dance

Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer, left, and Steven Knight, writer and creator of the series "Peaky Blinders,"
Rambert Dance

Kinight, who has teamed up with the dance company talks about the transformation of his 1920s gangster drama into a performance. He said that dance was never a thing for him, and neither is he a good dancer. But he later got so impressed with the power of dance that he included a ballet scene in season 5 of Peaky Blinders.

And now, he has been watching numerous rehearsals of the stage show, titled, Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas ShelbyThe show will begin its world premiere at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday, before heading off to various other locations in the UK. Knight even wrote the script for the show, which contains elaborate fight scenes in a dance format. He said that he wanted others to experience what he did, and realize that there is no barrier between the performance and the watcher.

The Magic Of Dance

Conor Kerrigan, left, with fight director Adrian Palmer during a rehearsal
Rambert Dance

Rambert Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer spoke about his work with Knight. After seeing the performance, the veteran storyteller said that the dancers managed to convey an idea in 30 seconds, which would have taken him hours to tell. Dance relies entirely on the action without the use of language, and it helps them easily deliver their message.

The Peaky Blinders dance tells the story from World War I, which was not shown in the series. It tells how the group came to be.