ADOPTED Mackem Faye Tozer is cracking the whip in a comedy satire of romp fest Fifty Shades of Grey.
The former Steps star has gone from a Deeper Shade of Blue to 69 Shades of Black for a new stage show.
The singer-turned-actress is stepping into the stilettos of seductive boss Christina Black for her latest theatre role, which will see her tour the country.
Faye, 39, moved to Boldon after marrying Wearsider Michael Smith and has become a passionate supporter for her new home city, switching on the Christmas lights and regularly attending events.
During their heyday, Steps had more than 18 top 10 hits, including Tragedy, Deeper Shade of Blue and 5,6,7,8, and four multi-platinum albums.
In recent years, the mum-of-one has forged a strong career on the stage, winning rave reviews as Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, as well as roles in Tell Me On A Sunday and playing Eva Cassidy in Over the Rainbow.
Now she’s gearing up for a national tour of 69 Shades of Black, in the lead role of a company director who attempts to seduce an employee with an indecent proposal.
She gives him a 69-page contract of dos and don’ts in an attempt to make a man out of him.
Faye said: “I enjoy playing comedy roles and I thought this would be a really fun show to do, and something totally different from my more recent theatre jobs.
“Christina is a successful business woman, the head of an advertising agency, who has taken a shine to her new employee – the hopelessly boring William.
“She has a hard-nosed exterior and likes to be in control – but no complicated dark layers like Christian Grey. Our show is very light hearted.”
Speaking about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, which has inspired the comedy, she said: “The girls were reading the books, sometimes out loud for a laugh, during the Ultimate Steps reunion tour between venues, so I’m hoping to go and see the movie with my girlfriends.
“I love a girly night out. Getting ready together, catching up, putting the world to rights, venting about our hubbies, maybe a show then drinking and dancing the night away.”
l The North East dates of 69 Shades of Black include Forum Theatre Billingham on April 18 and Whitley Bay Playhouse on June 6.