Horseracing at the theatre? Why not…
Ladies Day Review by BabaBaboon Editor – Sonya Farrall
As an avid Horseracing fan, and having spent a large part of my career in the Horseracing/media world it was an absolute joy to attend press night at the New Vic theatre for LADIES DAY!
A comedy with hidden secrets only to be shared over champagne and intimate meetings – a comedy by Amanda Whittington which portrays the Sport of Kings in genius fashion.
Royal Ascot at York is the setting in which the characters Jan, Linda, Shelley and Pearl escape from their fish factory duties and descend upon to experience something which had never happened before.
A racecourse steeped in history with its clocktower overlooking the Knavesmire – the same clocktower which stood tall in the theatre in the round for all to see.
Morals come in to play from the off as dreams are shared, cross words are said and real life is not forgotten about on a day out to remember.
New Vic regular Gareth Cassidy is once again perfection switching from a TV presenter, commentator, jockey and a lost love of Pearl’s – who is played by Kate Wood.
It’s so easy to link up the characters Gareth plays with big names from the racing world.
Royal hats also go off to Tanya-Loretta Dee as Jan – especially a ‘drunken’ Jan and Shelley (main image), played by Annie Kirkman – who is a super star true racegoer in search of her own media dream.
Linda’s (Jo Patmore) encounter with Gareth as a jockey is true – and again secrets usually only for closed walls are shared.
Ladies Day provides insight into a world which is not always easy to understand and is delivered through sheer mastery thanks to a great storyline and stellar cast.
I was at Royal Ascot at York in 2005, and thanks to the New Vic I was there once again in 2023!
Dreams were on the agenda when the ladies went to the races in this play – they took a gamble – and sometimes it does pay off!
(All images Andrew Billington)
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