Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour | Review |Duke of York| 15th July 2017


Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Duke of York Theatre

Reviewed by Becky Mary on the 15th of July 2017, Matinee Performance


A crazy and swearing filled production following 6 girls who are trying to be the typical ‘Bad girls’ but are also brave and outgoing facing anything the world can throw at them.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, a novel by Alan Warner adapted by Lee Hall follows 6 friends on their adventures in Edinburgh whilst attending a school choir competition. They face various challenges along the way such as their uniforms being stolen, falling in love, getting incredibly drunk and even ending up in hospital. After everything that has gone wrong they end up becoming the closest of friends and learning a lot of valuable lessons along the way.

The show overall was sensational to watch, with both the actresses and the onstage band. The cast have made it so that you really do feel involved with the whole performance, one aspect of this is the onstage seating on either side of the stage. This has been kept the same as when it was first performed because it gives that intimate feel to the show which works very well.  The cast themselves know how to use the comedic parts to counteract the somewhat harder subjects they talk about and this has been very well done. One part that did this was when 2 of the girls kissed, then all of a sudden one of them fainted and they panicked but still wanted to take the bloody mary’s they ordered with them to the hospital.

I will say that this show is not for people who are easily offended as some of the topics can be quite unsettling, but I think that these topics being talked about especially about people who are younger and possibly facing things like this. It almost shows you what will happen if you do these things.

Dawn Sievewright is a fantastic performer with a stunning voice and really has a great presence on stage. The way Dawn also addresses the topic of being gay is done so well and many people can relate to this. Isis Hainsworth is a fantastic performer with a beautiful voice that really brings a sense of insecurity and anxiety to her character which you instantly attach too.

A Fantastic production that needs to be seen by all, that really does show the life of younger girls and the trouble they get up too.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is a limited season playing at the Duke of York Theatre until 2nd September 2017.

Tickets can be purchased here – https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/our-ladies-dates-listing

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