Thursday 18th July to Saturday 20th July 7:30p.m, matinee on Saturday 20th July at 2:30p.m.& Tuesday 23rd July to Saturday 27th July 2013
Directed by Mark Wakeman
Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot! It conjures images the world over of glamour, culture and sporting excitement, but now four fish packers from Hull have decided they want in on the action. Unfortunately they haven't got any tickets, but they won't let a little thing like that stand in their way. Join Pearl, Jan, Linda and Shelley in this hilarious comedy from Amanda Whittington (Be My Baby) in their quest to find love, happiness and Tony Christie!
It's a safe bet Bench Theatre will give you a great night out with this heart-warming comedy from the team that brought you 'Daisy pulls it off!'
Taken from an interview recorded with Amanda Whittingham
'What inspired you to write Ladies Day?'
'The Hull truck wanted to commission me and I was having a conversation with Gareth about what we might do and he said "I remember being at York when it was ladies' day at the races and seeing them going in all dolled up and coming out blind drunk - I think there's a play in it", and so he inspired me really. I thought, "there's something in this gang of women going into ladies' day at the races", so I ran with it and expanded on the idea.'
'It is set at the races but it's really about a gang of workmates and their friendships and lives and bigger things than the races. I guess it was an opportunity to write about these sort of characters. I think what audiences will enjoy is the fact that it's about ordinary life and I mean that in the best sense of the word. Four ordinary women have an extraordinary experience and without wanting to give it all away they come very close to winning a huge amount of money and I think people enjoy seeing people's lives suddenly transformed in the space of a day. It is funny and poignant and the characters are very familiar.'
'I have been to the races a few times and I have spoken to other people who have, and who have been to ladies' day, because I wanted to draw on a variety of experiences. Although it is all made up, it is not verbatim. Verbatim drama is not something I've done but it's something I would consider doing, particularly with my background as a journalist, but it's all about finding the right subject matter and a story best told by truth rather than an imagined version of events.'
This play will be staged at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.
|Stage Manager||Thomas Hall|
|Assistant Stage Manager|
|Set Design||Pete Woodward|
|Poster Image||Dan Finch|
|Front of House Manager|