REVIEW: Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Until July 16

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

A bunch of foul-mouthed school girls cause a stir when they hit the pub before their choir contest in this fun comedy show.

Certainly not for the easily-offended, the pupils from Scotland’s all-girls Catholic School Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour are rude, crude, and not afraid to show it.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

After travelling across the country to take part in a singing competition, they ditch their uniforms the second they get the chance and hit the town’s boozers hard.

These aren’t good Catholic girls by any stretch of the imagination. They smoke, swear, drink, do drugs, have sex, and discuss it all very openly.

Based on the novel The Sopranos, by Alan Warner, this may not be a show for the faint-hearted, but it’s definitely one for a giggle.

As the girls dropped expletive after expletive and discussed their sex lives in graphic detail, the audience gasped and cackled.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

It has a serious side too though, the girls each have their own problems, which go a long way to explaining their ‘don’t care’ attitudes.

The all-female cast, who also fill in the parts of bar patrons trying to pick them up and other characters they meet on their journey, have some serious acting skills, and great voices too.

The soundtrack is mainly made up of Jeff Lynne’s ELO, with songs like Mr Blue Sky and Don’t Bring Me Down, and the girls perform with real gusto.

I laughed a lot, and the show was very entertaining, but it did feel a little too long.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

At two hours without an interval, it felt like a long time to sit still. It’s odd because two hours in the cinema doesn’t seem that bad, but in the theatre, you expect an interval, and when there isn’t one, it feels like there should have been. Two one-hour acts with a short break would have felt more manageable.

Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour runs until Saturday, July 16. Click here to book tickets.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.