Too Friendly Theatre Company ‘Here Comes The Girls’

This time last year, The Too Friendly Theatre Company were taking us on a hilarious adventure to the races with their production of Amanda Whittington’s Ladies’ Day.

The play follows four fish plant workers who attend the event to celebrate the retirement of one of their colleagues.  Little do they realise that, by the end of the day, they will be considerably richer than when they began. The play is extremely funny with slick dialogue and was so well received that the company won the NODA Award for “Best Ensemble Performance” in January.

And this October, the girls will be back when the company performs their production of Whittington’s sequel, “Ladies Down Under”. Director Cliff Gillies said “we have never done a sequel before but when we read the script is was as funny as the original, with the same wit and warmth that made Ladies’ Day so special.”

In Ladies Down Under, the fish plant ladies are coming to terms with their new found fortune with a trip to Australia to accompany Jan, whose burgeoning romance with factory foreman, Joe, runs as an undercurrent in the original play. Joe is travelling around the antipodean paradise and the girls are set to meet up with him. But, as always, there is trouble in paradise and things don’t go according to plan.

Jane, Pearl, Shelley and Linda are faced with some side-splitting situations, crazy characters including a surfer dude and two camp flight attendants, and a trip to Uluru (Ayres Rock) that will mark a profound change in their relationship.

Tracey Holmes-Smith who plays the love-struck Jan indicated that doing a sequel is like “coming home. We already know the characters having played them previously, and being reunited with them is like welcoming back an old friend.”

It helps that the four female leads are a perfect foil for one another with the loud-mouthed but secretly vulnerable Shelley at logger-heads with the down but not out mum of the group Pearl. Meanwhile, Jan is still waiting for that romance with Joe to blossom and simple-hearted Linda is finding wealth is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Performed once again in Ormskirk Civic Hall, audiences are sure to find themselves thrust into the middle of the action as The Too Friendly is famed for its unique staging of ensemble plays. You may find yourself on Bondi Beach or snuggling down under the stars with the girls in the outback. Whatever happens, you will be guaranteed a great night whether you saw the original production of Ladies’ Day or not.

The production will run October 9th-11th and tickets are available from 01704 541306 priced just £7.50

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