Laughs in evening at the races

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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