|Date||7th September 2019|
|Venue||Gardyne Theatre, Dundee|
|Type of Production||Play|
|Director||Lorraine Kidd & Nicky Stewart|
Author: Roger D. Buist
This new group to this NODA district aimed high this time and presented their latest stage production in the local Gardyne Theatre. This comedy play told the story of a group of four women resolved to having a great day out at the races! What followed was anything but! The script was given a “local “flavour” – the women worked in a fish factory in Arbroath and, this year, Royal Ascot was relocated to Perth Racecourse! That said, we learned a great deal about the four ladies – their love lives and their personal problems – and it all came over in an extremely funny and amusing manner though, one had to be prepared for some rather risqué language! There was a very strong female quartet who bonded and worked extremely well throughout the entire performance. A lot of hard work came from Helen Shearer as Jan, who was unknowingly in love with her fellow worker, Joe (a fine performance from Derek Murray), and her scene at the races when she becomes absolutely drunk was pure unadulterated comedy. Kirsty Scott played Linda, with a dominate mother problem and, at the races meets up with jockey, Patrick, (Craig Low). Their paddock scene where Linda is taught the art of riding a race horse by Patrick, raised the laugh thermometer a few degrees higher! The guffaws came thick and fast! Then there was Pearl, hiding an illicit love affair, brought tenderly to the stage by Ann Sutherland, who was looking for her illicit bookie lover somewhere out there on the course. And no one could fail to miss brash, loudmouthed Shelley, desperate to find fame, fortune, and a rich man – with Laura Barnes being the perfect person to bring this outrageous character well and truly alive! When she set her eyes on racing TV pundit, Jim McCormack, a nice cameo role from Alan Kerr, he was a goner! Needless to say, normal outings to a race course usually end up badly and, sad to say to say, our ladies lost their winning accumulator bets on the very last race and ended up flat broke! But . . . this very funny comedy play ensured that there was a happy ending for all!