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In Review: Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour, Duke of Yorks Theatre, London.

Following a sell-out run at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and a massively successful UK tour the hit musical Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour opened at the Duke of York’s theatre in London this month.

In Review: Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour, Duke of Yorks Theatre, London.

Booking until September this year I would urge everyone to go and see this hilariously exhilarating, laugh-until-you-cry musical. With only one act (the show is one hour and 45 minutes long) and a wonderful all-female cast there are few other shows like this in London at the moment, making this show truly one of a kind.

This production is Lee Hall’s witty adaption of Alan Warner’s book The Sopranos, directed by the fantastic Vicky Featherstone. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour tells the story of six catholic schoolgirls from Scotland and their riotous trip for a choir competition. This is a wonderful coming of age musical comedy like no other – it will have you rolling around the theatre with laughter, but it also contains some beautifully poignant moments. Within the first five minutes I knew this wasn’t going to be a show I see just once and the amazing production that followed continued to convince me that this first impression was definitely correct – I left the theatre with the biggest smile on my face.

Before the production begins we are warned in various posters that this show contains ‘really rude language, flashing lights, pyrotechnics, lots of sexual references, excessive drinking and extensive use of the smoke machine’, setting us up for what was to come, and these girls definitely delivered. With language that would make the Pope faint, hilarious physical comedy and LOTS of very cleverly performed sexual references this show is recommended for people aged 16 and above. The initial warning briefly worried me about what I was about to watch, but there was absolutely no cause for concern as the production that unfolded was pure and utter hilarity – the funniest show I have ever watched, and the most impressive thing is that it never crossed that line from funny to ridiculous. This show truly is a warm-hearted bundle of comedy gold.

The wonderful cast consists of six women playing not only their main characters but also all other characters throughout the show. The way this is done is pure magic; each person becoming a different character with only slight change in stance or facial expression. This was performed to perfection by these wonderfully talented women – at no point was there any confusion regarding who was playing which character, it flowed wonderfully.

The six girls Caroline Deyga, Karen Fishwick, Isis Hainsworth, Kirsty Maclaren, Frances Mayli McCann and Dawn Sievewright are truly phenomenal actresses with beautifully powerful singing voices. Accompanied by a three-piece female band all girls sing in perfect harmony, each getting an opportunity to showcase their voices with a variety of songs ranging from classical tunes to the symphonies of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). This music, although spanning across very different genres fits into the story wonderfully and it all makes for a truly fantastic piece of theatre.

I really can’t put into words just how much I enjoyed this incredible show (and I am very rarely speechless!). All I can say is that the actresses are incredible, their singing is amazing and I just can’t wait to go back! Don’t miss your chance to watch this wonderful show, book your tickets below now!

Written by
Lauren Philpott
19th May 2017

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