Duke of York’s Theatre
Reviewed on Saturday 20th May 2017 by Sebastian Singh
Photo Credit: National Theatre of Scotland.
Fresh, foul-mouthed and full of fun, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is original and exactly what the West End needs. Adapted by Lee Hall from the novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner; the production follows six girls who are exploring what it is to be a group of teenage girls, free in a city for a day. Drinking, sex, school, friendships and sexual experimentation all come into play and it is a thrilling ride for the audience.
This show is not for the faint-hearted but Vicky Featherstone has directed this to the finest of details and produced a slick piece that is both crude and incredibly heart-warming. From start to finish, it was engaging, exciting and emotional; coupled with the musical choices, sourced and arranged by Martin Lowe, and played by an energetic on-stage band, the story exploded on stage in colour and melody and was incredible to watch. The vocal arrangements were stunning, with very tight harmonies, showing that sometimes less is more; six female performers who nailed every single song.
The set design by Chloe Lamford was very natural and down to earth. Exposed brick walls, strip lighting and on-stage seating allowed the stage to be bare yet alive. The key here was in its simplicity, allowing the actors to move swiftly between many locations, engaging the audience’s imagination and belief. It was very immersive and the cast had the audience with them throughout the journey and received a rapturous applause at the end.
The women on stage are bold, brave and beautiful. Each woman takes the lead at some point and we find out details about their lives- each actress gives their all into these performances offering so much humour but also equal amounts of vulnerability. The following women: Caroline Deyga, Karen Fishwick, Isis Hainsworth, Kirsty MacLaren, Frances Mayli McCann and Dawn Sievewright; are magnificent and immensely talented. They all shone on stage and left me amazed by such a fantastic production.
The show focused on women and coming of age, which was empowering and fantastic to see opportunities like this for young women. It is a production not to be missed!
This production runs until Saturday 2nd September 2017.