Grantham Dramatic Society's new production is a comedy drama
Grantham Dramatic Society performs its latest production Ladies' Day at the Guildhall Arts Centre between Wednesday, May 22 and Saturday, May 25.
Ladies’ Day is a comedy drama from Amanda Whittington about four unlikely lasses from Hull who decide to take a day trip to the races.
Focusing on the friendship between the four distinctly different women, the play has proved hugely popular with amateur groups across the UK.
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 they do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races. Glamour puss Shelley is interested in meeting a handsome, and preferably rich, man. Linda, on the other hand, is skint after letting her duplicitous mother back into her life. Pearl spills the beans on her illicit love life to devoted single mother Jan, who is concerned for her academically ambitious daughter.
As the girls guzzle champagne, they come across a variety of characters from an arrogant TV pundit to a sensitive jockey. They place the odd bet too and if their luck holds, they could just hit the jackpot.
“The ladies friendship is the basis of the play,” says director Heather Butterworth. “Their distinctly
different personalities give way to an interesting storyline with secrets spilled along the way.”
Assistant director Victoria Aves added: “The girls aren’t posh and that’s what makes it entertaining,
they are in completely different surroundings from their normal life; does that glamour live up to
Ladies’ Day premiered at Hull Truck Theatre in 2005 and has been revived many times since, including at the Royal Court in Liverpool and the Oldham Coliseum in Manchester.
conjunction with Nick Hern Books, the warm spirited play has proved hugely popular with amateur
groups across the UK
All four performances are at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £9/£7 concessions for the opening night and £10/£8 for Thursday to Saturday.
Visit the box office, call 01476 406158 or go to www.guildhallartscentre.com
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