Tickets: Salisbury Tourist Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1EJ Phone: 01722 342860
Gay Pirrie-Weir of the Fine Times Recorder wrote:
Ladies Day cleverly weaves together narrative, action and magic realism, and the ending leaves you guessing. The whole thing is done to the soundtrack of Tony Christie, the hero of one of the girls.
In Anna Lomax’s production the four central characters are carefully drawn, with the four actresses bringing them to vivid, and often unexpected, life. Sue Bale’s Pearl is leaving to “spend quality time” with her husband now he is retiring, and everyone thinks hers is the perfect marriage.
Sarah Kirkpatrick’s Jan has devoted herself to bringing up her daughter, and nurses a yearning freed by unaccustomed alcohol.
Helen Russell’s brash Shelley is a perfect picture of a star struck hopeful with much less confidence than she vaunts, and Emily Prince’s Linda has hidden depths.
The men range from the gently hopeful though the sleazy to the jockey (played with joy and excitement by James Bradwell.)
It’s another terrific play by this talented writer, and well worth the trip to Salisbury to see this versatile and hard-working company provide an entertaining and sometimes poignant summer show.
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Anne Waggott of the Daily Echo wrote:
The characterizations were extremely well-rounded, each woman showing vulnerability as well as determination, with consistently good accents, each having their moment to shine. Sue Bale (Pearl) and Helen Russell (Shelley) enjoyed camaraderie amongst their sparring, while Sarah Kirkpatrick’s inebriated Jan was both comical and touching. Emily Prince (Linda) and James Bradwell (jockey Patrick) made an endearing couple, while Keith Edmund held court as racing presenter, Jim.
A simple minimalist, multi-functional scenery, with minor alterations and change of projected images re-establishing venues, combined with an appropriate soundtrack that emphasised Linda’s enthusiasm for Tony Christie. Enjoyable fun!
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