Blue sky thinking. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour return for singing, sex & sambuca.

Our Ladies. Images Manuel Harlan
Our Ladies. Images Manuel Harlan

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Vicky Featherstone’s collaboration with Billy Elliot’s Lee Hall, from the cult Scottish novel, The Sopranos, is back touring the UK (and, no, there’s not a gangster in sight).

The critically-acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland stage adaptation of Alan Warner’s work that’s about a gang of girl enjoying singing, sex and sambuca, has returned by popular demand after premièring to critical acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

The show picked up four awards before embarking on a sell-out Scottish tour and run at Newcastle’s Live Theatre. It made its 2016 return playing at the Brighton Fringe Festival.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour opens in Glasgow tomorrow night and receives its London première this August at the National Theatre. This marks the National Theatre of Scotland’s return to Southbank following the sell-out run of The James Plays in 2014.

Our Ladies 6 credit Manuel Harlan

Alan Warner’s novel, and Lee Hall’s musical stage play, tell the story of six girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day.

Funny, sad, rude and beautifully sung, Our Ladies is a tribute to being young, lost and out of control, featuring a soundtrack of classical music and ’70s pop rock, with music by Handel, Bach and ELO including the songs Mr Blue Sky, Don’t Bring Me Down, Long Black Road and more.

Alan Warner wrote The Sopranos in 1998, followed by its sequel The Stars in the Bright Sky which was long listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. He has written eight novels and is best known for Morvern Callar which was made into a film starring Samantha Morton in 2002.

Our Ladies stars Melissa Allan (who made her professional début in the 2015 production); Caroline Deyga, Karen Fishwick, Kirsty MacLaren, Frances Mayli McCann, and Dawn Sievewright.

2016 tour dates

May 24-28, Lomond Auditorium, Glasgow
May 31-June 4, Liverpool Playhouse
June 11 – 25, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut
June 30-July 2, Dundee Rep Theatre
July 6-9, Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock
July 12-16, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
July 18-24, Galway International Arts Festival, Ireland
August 8-October 1, Dorfman Theatre at the National Theatre

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