Ladies’ Day, by Amanda Whittington (performed 17th-19th March 2022)
Work, love and life are just one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York.
Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot – and more besides…
Back on the rails in more ways than one! That’s the Morpeth St. George’s Community players who tread the boards last week when they tackled Amanda Whittington’s comedy ‘Lady’s Day.’
The play was originally scheduled to have taken place in 2020 but was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. However after being out of action for over two years, the players jumped over many hurdles and not only delighted the audience on opening night but also captivated them with a stunning performance.
The bulk of the action takes place at York racecourse when Royal Ascot was held in the city in 2005 – and the players ensured that it was a success from the start to the finishing line!
The play was also a triumph for Grace Winpenny who was making her bow as director/producer with David Kiely as her assistant.
The contrasting personalities of the four female characters shone through with distinction whilst the three gentlemen made sure that the high standards remained throughout.
Janet Robinson led the way with a vibrant performance as Shelley and was ably supported by Sharon Saint Lamont as Pearl, Bridget Rowbottom as Jan and newcomer Elizabeth Blanchard as Tony Christie fan Linda.
Graeme Trotter was eloquent in the role of TV commentator Jim, Chris Davies should be delighted with his debut coupling up the parts of Fred, Kevin and Patrick whilst Alan Bullock who took on a duel role as Joe and Barry, was involved in a poignant scene as the latter character with Pearl in the second half.
Robin Herron was stage manager, Austin Davey was responsible for lighting and sound, Margaret Johnson as scenic artist and Joann Evans as prompt.
Brian Bennett (Morpeth Herald)
Pearl – Sharon Lamont
Jan – Bridget Rowbottom
Shelley – Janet Robinson
Linda – Elizabeth Blanchard
Joe/Barry – Alan Bullock
Fred/Patrick/Kevin – Chris Davies
Jim – Graeme Trotter
Director – Grace Winpenny
Assistant Director – David Kiely
Lighting – Austin Davey
Sound – Pete Ozers
Prompt – Joann Evans
Stage Manager – Robin Herron
Set Artwork – Margaret Johnson
More photos from the production are here:
Party Piece, by Richard Harris (performed 21st-23rd November 2019)
The Amateur Killer, by Robert Scott (performed 21st-23rd March 2019)
Entertaining Angels, by Richard Everett (performed 22nd-24th November 2018)
It’s On, It’s Off by Ray Lawrence (performed 22nd-24th March 2018)
In the Frame, by Eileen Clark (performed 23rd-25th November 2017)
Hello… is there Any Body There? (performed 23rd-25th March 2017)
Crusader by Rose Reeve (performed 24th to 26th November 2016)
Missed it or want to watch it again?
The production was recorded so that you can enjoy it again or listen to the music. Simply click on the following links:
Crusader – the Film! – you will see six ‘frames’ and simply click on the first one to start at the beginning and work your way through.
Crusader – video recording by Allen Oakes – there are nine ‘frames’ in this version which give another view of the performance.
Soundtrack – music only! – you will see two ‘tracks’ which are the two acts of the performance.
Photos of the cast during rehearsals!
Happy Campers by Richard James (performed 17th to 19th March 2016)
The cast during rehearsals!