Based on the novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour has been adapted by Lee Hall for the stage. Beginning in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival, the production was a sold-out hit followed by a run at the National Theatre and a UK Tour, now it transfers to the West End after winning best new comedy at the Olivier Awards 2017.
The plot centres around six Catholic school girls on a trip to Edinburgh for a choir competition. The girls swear and drink through the day and night as they realise new things about each other as their bond grows stronger. Punchy and proud, this production is a laugh a minute. With upbeat and high energy musical numbers, hysterical impersonations, and a lot of pyrotechnics, this show is not for the faint hearted. It truly represents aspects of the modern woman and does not hold back – it is feminist theatre at its best.
The cast is a smashing ensemble of women, each are powerful in their own right as they provide glimpses of vulnerability through their hard no-nonsense exterior. With an all girl 3 piece band accompanying them, the girls go from innocent Catholic choir girls to rambunctious teens breaking into karaoke and hits by ELO, all with incredible harmonies.
Hall’s adaptation is the perfect mix of hilarity and vulnerability. Vicky Featherstone directs this dynamic and imposing production, allowing each of the girls to be complete individuals with their own independent command over the stage.
Do not miss Our Ladies, with a limited run at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 2nd September 2017.