Our Ladies: Review

Our Ladies

Wednesday night I attended the Press Night at the National Theatre to see the National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre co-production of Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour which is adapted by Lee Hall from the novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner. Our Ladies Of Succour follows six young foul mouthed Catholic School girls on their way to a Choir Competition. Set over the course of one day this musical play contains singing, sex, Sambuca, strong language and adult themes.

From start to finish, I was so impressed with the high calibre of the actresses’ performance. Despite the dialogue being fast paced and having to transition to different characters while on stage, they did so seamlessly and without missing a beat. I must admit this Aussie did struggle to keep up at times given the thick Scottish accents of the cast but this didn’t stop me enjoying the show.

You can’t help rooting for Orla, Chell, Fionnula, Kay, Manda and Kylah and wanting to know more about each of them throughout the play. From the moment the girls arrive on stage and begin singing ‘Lift Thine Eyes’, it gave me goosebumps as their voices do represent an angelic choir. The songs throughout the play including the toe tapping ‘Mr Blue Sky’ and the outrageously funny ‘Long Black Road’ were well suited to this musical play.

While the strong language at times does become a tad overwhelming, this coming of age story has plenty of heart and is one not to be missed. The play is off its sell-out run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a national tour, so tickets are bound to be snapped up fast. Performing at the National Theatre until the 1st of October 2016, make sure you hurry up and book your tickets to Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour. You’ll be disappointed if you don’t.

Reporter: Tegan LeBon / toogs1