LADIES’ DAY by Amanda Whittington,
Directed by Rachel White
“Ladies’ Day” by Amanda Whittington was performed at the Darby & Joan Hall from 6-9 May 2015.
The play was written for Hull Truck in 2005, the year that Royal Ascot was relocated to York. It tells the story of Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda, four friends from a fish-filleting factory who ditch the hairnets, overalls and wellies for the day and head off to the races. It’s very funny, but more than just a comedy – there are some bitter-sweet moments too.
The production was extremely well received, with universally favourable comments from the audience, which included a number of people who had not been to a CLT production before.
Jan – Lynda Danby
Pearl – Sue Kay
Shelley – Jo Holmes
Linda – Emily Twigger
Joe – Allan Purdue
Fred – James Evans
Jim – Brian Hossack
Patrick – Steve Barker
Kevin – Graham Lynch
Barry – Whitfield Richards
Director: Rachel White
Stage Manager: Val Thompson
ASM: Julie Hossack
Props: Julie Hossack, Margaret Hoyes
Costume: Maggi Hogan, Jean Turton
Sound & Light: James Evans
“It was all so well done – the set, the costumes – and the performances were just amazing.”
“One of the best things I’ve seen at CLT.”
“ An excellent production. I saw the original version at Hull Truck and enjoyed it very much, but I actually thought yours was better.”
“It was bl**dy brilliant!”
“Worth travelling up from Peterborough to see this – we shall do so again.”
“Makes me want to dig out my Tony Christie LPs!”*
*Director’s note: some members of the cast and crew, especially those who are not exactly fans of Mr Christie, have cast doubt on the last one. I can assure you that every one of these comments is a genuine quote!