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Ladies' Day by
By David Newble - Friday, October 31st, 2014
(reproduced by kind permission of
the Isle of Wight County Press)
A PLAY about working
class women, who have a
day out at the Royal Ascot
races, may not at first
glance be a natural choice
for a show in Cowes.
What does the home of the
Royal Yacht Squadron have to do
with four northern lasses from
Hull, who spend their lives in a
Quite a lot as it turns out as
Amanda Whittington's sparkling
play, Ladies' Day, brought hilariously to life by a talented cast at
the Trinity Theatre, proved.
Amanda Whittington has credentials after all. She has been
described as Britain's most popular female dramatist and began her writing career as a journalist for left-field publications.
Scratch beneath the surface
and we all have the same hopes, :lreams and foibles. This is especially so when the lives of factory
girls - Jan, Pearl Shelley and
Linda - are put under the spotlight when they decide to dress up
to the nines and head off to Royal
Ascot, when it was held at York
Racecourse in 2005.
As the play unfolds, you find
Jan, hilariously played by Amber
Bourne, has sacrificed her happiness for her daughter and has an
unrequited crush on boss Joe,
vho is heading off to Australia.
Then there is Pearl, brought to life by the ever-reliable Fiona Gwinnett who has a juge secret,
Shelley, whose obsession with
money and fame hides a life crippled by debt, and Linda, whose
home life is blighted by a mother
who does not love her.
It is impressive the four female
leads managed to sustain credible
northern accents throughout the
two hours and Rebecca's
Brough's Shelly and Victoria
Pitt's Linda demonstrated impeccable comic timing.
One minor quibble was the
scene changes were not as slick as
they could be but as last
Thursday's performance was the
first night, I am sure this
In a comedy such as this, you
ask yourself two questions: Did I laugh and was I moved? The answer to both questions was an emphatic yes.