Laughs in evening at the races
A day at the races is the setting for Ladies’ Day, the latest performance to open at the Playhouse in Hastings this week.
It follows four women from a fish-processing plant in Hull, gambling, giggling and being sick into their hats while attending the horse races at Royal Ascot in 2005.
Pearl, played by Clair Rochester, is celebrating early retirement and has always wanted to attend the prestigious event, while Linda, played by Kyla Andersen, is a sweet, shy girl who is obsessed with the songs of Tony Christie.
They are accompanied by Jan, played by Sandra Alsleben, who is the keeper of the picnic hamper from hell, while blonde Shelley, played by Lynda Corner, sports a robust northern accent and determination to crash the Royal Enclosure for a glimpse of Camilla Parker-Bowles.
The play by Amanda Whittington, and directed by Jacquie Hills, was expected to provide a bunch of laughs, with funny, poignant and very familiar characters.
Audience members are welcome to wear their best ‘‘day at the races’’ outfits for the occasion.
The season runs from March 23 to April 1, starting at 7.30pm each night at the Playhouse on the corner or Hastings and Alexandra streets in Hastings.
Tickets are $35 from iTicket or $50 with a race day platter.
The cast of Ladies Day, which opens March 23.