Ladies Down Under
The ladies from the Hull fish-packing plant are back! And this time they’re going down under for the trip of a lifetime.
We last met Pearl, Jan, Linda, Shelley and their boss Joe in 2019, when The Linlithgow Players performed Ladies’ Day, the first play in a trilogy by Amanda Whittington. The lucky four won half a million pounds on the horses at Royal Ascot and now we’re seeing them spend it as they travel to Oz for four weeks of fun in the sun.
The comedy follows the fab four as they fly off to meet Joe in Sydney, but all is not as it seems for the intrepid travellers: Shelley is still desperate for male attention, Linda seems intent on giving her winnings away, Jan is anxious about her tummy and finding toilets and Pearl is looking for salvation…but why? As with many of Whittington’s award-winning plays, there are loads of laughs, but some conflict too. All of the women have their own hidden realities, anxieties or heartaches which bubble to the surface and threaten the camaraderie of the group as they “go bush”.
And don’t worry if you missed Ladies’ Day – although this is a ‘what happened next’, it is also a stand alone play so no prior knowledge is needed. So if you fancy joining the Ladies Down Under, you’re in for a bonza night. Fair Dinkum!
This amateur production is by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.
Pearl: Liz Drewett
Jan: Sue Spencer
Shelley: Erika Oulton
Linda: Jessica McLauchlan
Joe/Bill/Charlie/Koala Bear: Les Fulton
Tom/Ben/Shane/Danny/Bondi Bitch: Derek Elsby
Directed and produced by: Sue Vizard
Sound & Lighting: John Barker and Thérèse Gallacher
Stage Managers: Alasdair McIver and Barbara Innes
Wardrobe: Sue Spencer
Publicity: Sue Vizard and Sue Spencer
FOH: Richard Payne and members of The Players