Bench Theatre virtually tore up the rulebook for Ladies Down Under, by Amanda Whittington.
It is a sequel to her Ladies’ Day – performed by Bench precisely two years ago – and has the same quintet of principal characters. Mark Wakeman begged to be allowed to pursue the story on stage, and Bench even allowed him to cast those five without re-auditioning.
So now Ladies Down Under will take the floor of the Spring Arts Centre in Havant from July 16-25.
In Ladies’ Day, set in the year Royal Ascot was transferred to York, four fish-packing ladies from Hull put on their glad rags and hit the betting jackpot – and now they are venturing further afield with their winnings. That’s right, they’re off to Australia, sport!
But now, although the comedy stakes remain high, there is a touch more darkness lurking behind the heat of the sun. The same four women are played by the same four actors – Sarah Parnell, Robin Hall, Beth Evans and Jessi Wilson. And their line manager from the fish factory (Paul Millington) turns up too.
They also meet some distinctly colourful characters Down Under. Koala Bare, anyone? Stand by for eye-popping routines from Callum West and Bench newcomer Zack Cuthbertson as the ladies become involved in riotous Mardi Gras celebrations.
Performances daily at 7.30pm and a matinee on Saturday, July 18, at 2.30pm. Tickets: £6-8. Call (023) 9247 2700 or visit thespring.co.uk.