Live Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland present the world premiere of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour based on The Sopranos by cult Scottish novelist Alan Warner, and adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Lee Hall (The Pitmen Painters, Billy Elliot). The show comes to Live Theatre between Thursday 1 and Saturday 24 October for its English Premiere after opening at the Traverse Theatre on Wednesday 19 August 2015 for its Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, and touring in Scotland.
The all female cast of young Scottish musical theatre actresses has just been announced who take on the roles of Fionnula, Kylah, Kay, Manda, Chell and Orla. The cast features Dawn Sievewright (Legally Blonde) and Karen Fishwick (The Overcoat for Gecko Theatre and Caucasian Chalk Circle for The Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), who return to work with the National Theatre of Scotland, having both previously appeared in the award-winning musical, The Glasgow Girls.
They are joined by Caroline Deyga who most recently appeared in Lucy Porter’s Fair Intellectual Club, Frances MayliMcCann (National Theatre’s Here Lies Love and Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the West End), Kirsty MacLaren (Piltochry Festival Theatre season) and Melissa Allan who is making her professional debut in the production. The cast will be joined on stage by a trio of young female musicians, Amy Shackcloth, Becky Brass and Emily Linden.
Our Ladies… has been adapted by Lee Hall from Alan Warner’s brilliant novel about six girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. Warner’s blisteringly funny dialogue ends in fireworks (literally). Warner, whose 1995 debut novel Morvern Callarbecame a literary phenomenon, continues his themes of being young, lost and out of control in this musical play about losing your virginity and finding yourself.
With a soundtrack of classical music and 70s pop rock, featuring music by Handel, Bach and ELO, Our Ladies… is an outrageous piece of new music theatre with Tony-winning Martin Lowe (Once) as Music Supervisor.
Vicky Featherstone returns to the National Theatre of Scotland for the first time since her appointment as Artistic Director at the Royal Court Theatre, to collaborate with Lee Hall, (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot and The Pitmen Painters), to create a funny, sad and raucously rude production about singing, sex and sambuca.
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 Movern Callar which was made into a film starring Samantha Morton in 2002. His most recent novel isTheir Lips Talk of Mischief, published by Faber in 2014.
Lee Hall said: “I am delighted to be working for the first time with the National Theatre of Scotland. This is a project I’ve wanted to bring to the stage since I first read the book 17 years ago. Alan Warner’s view of the world chimed so much with my own experience of growing up in Newcastle so it seemed a perfect project to work on as a co-production with Live Theatre where I have a very long association. I think the Scots and Geordies share a common understanding of the world. A robust sense of humour, an appetite for a good time and a lack of pretension about what Art should be.”
Lee continued to say “The Sopranos is filthy, manic, hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure – all the things I think theatre should be. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is a show full of music from the most exquisite classical choral pieces to foot stomping disco classics and much else in between. This is a very special show and very much a labour of love for Vicky Featherstone and I who have been working on this for several years now.”
Vicky Featherstone, director said: “I am beyond thrilled that Alan Warner has trusted Lee Hall with his game-changing novel about the Soprano’s from Oban and am honoured that Laurie Sansom has programmed this anarchic, heart-breaking and life-filled show. It is everything that Scotland is – fearless, hopeful, musical, angry, unique and I cannot wait to be back telling this story with the National Theatre of Scotland.”
Alan Warner said: “I am flattered that The National Theatre of Scotland and talents like Lee and Vicky are taking on these young loonies, who are dear to my heart. Enjoy it, everyone”
Max Roberts, Artistic Director, Live Theatre said:“Live Theatre has enjoyed a long and fruitful creative relationship with Lee Hall so we are delighted to collaborate with National Theatre of Scotland in this co-production of his adaptation of The Sopranos by Alan Warner. I’m sure our audiences will be thrilled to see Lee’s latest work and will extend a warm Tyneside welcome to the company for the play’s English Premiere.”
WHERE & WHEN
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour opens at Live Theatre on Thursday 1 October and runs until Saturday 24 October.
For more information on Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour and to buy tickets costing between £26 to £10, over 60s concessions from £26 to £10 and other concessions £6 call Live Theatre’s box office on (0191) 232 1232 or visit: www.live.org.uk.
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