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OriginLondon, England
GenresSynthpop, new wave
Years active1981–1982, 2013-present
LabelsThe Rocket Record Company
Associated actsGary Numan
MembersChris Payne
Rrussell Bell
Denis Haines
Rusty Egan
Past membersCedric Sharpley

Dramatis are an English synthpop band formed in the early 1980s. Chris Payne (vocals, keyboards), Rrussell Bell (guitars, keyboards), Cedric Sharpley (drums), and Denis Haines (keyboards) were all originally members of Gary Numan's backing band, they formed Dramatis following Numan's announced retirement in April 1981.

They released seven singles and one album before disbanding in 1982. Two of their singles reached the UK Singles Chart: the 1981 single with Numan "Love Needs No Disguise" which reached number 33, and the 1982 single "I Can See Her Now" which reached number 57.[1][2]

Cedric Sharpley died from a heart attack on 13 March 2012.[3]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album title
1981 For Future Reference

(also known as The Dramatis Project)


Year Title UK
1981 "Ex Luna Scientia" For Future Reference
"Love Needs No Disguise"
(with Gary Numan)
"No-One Lives Forever"
"Oh! Twenty Twenty Five"
1982 "Face on the Wall" Non-album single
"I Can See Her Now" 57[2]
"The Shame"


  1. ^ a b "Love Needs No Disguise". Chart Stats. Retrieved on 5 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b "I Can See Her Now". Chart Stats. Retrieved on 5 December 2008.
  3. ^ Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed 18 March 2012

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