Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Theatre, Musicals
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 (© Manuel Harlan)
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© Manuel Harlan Caroline Deyga (Chell), Dawn Sievewright (Fionnula), Frances Mayli McCann (Kylah), Kirsty MacLaren (Manda), Karen Fishwick (Kay) and Isis Hainsworth (Orla)
 (© Manuel Harlan)
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© Manuel Harlan Caroline Deyga (Chell), Kirsty MacLaren (Manda), Isis Hainsworth (Orla), Frances Mayli McCann (Kylah), Dawn Sievewright (Fionnula) and Karen Fishwick (Kay)
 (© Manuel Harlan)
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© Manuel Harlan Dawn Sievewright (Fionnula), Caroline Deyga (Chell), Karen Fishwick (Kay) Isis Hainsworth (Orla), Frances Mayli McCann (Kylah) and Kirsty MacLaren (Manda)
 (© Manuel Harlan)
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© Manuel Harlan Frances Mayli McCann (Kylah), Caroline Deyga (Chell), Isis Hainsworth (Orla), Dawn Sievewright (Fionnula), Kirsty MacLaren (Manda) and Karen Fishwick (Kay)

The National Theatre of Scotland's joyously raucous production finally makes it to the West End

After a hit run at the National Theatre – and a 2017 Olivier Award for best new comedy – 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour' is back to smash up the West End.

And its sextet of Catholic schoolgirls heroines on their way to a choir competition in Edinburgh are still a sweary, funny, brilliant breath of fresh air. The joy of Lee Hall’s adaptation (of Alan Warner’s novel ‘The Sopranos’) is its lack of judgement. The six teenagers knock back Sambuca shots and curse like troopers, and there's not a sniff of moralising.

Hall doesn’t soften the hardships in their lives, but they’re individuals, not Daily Mail scare headlines. The cast – most of whom originated these roles – blaze across the stage. They’re a tremendous ensemble, with Dawn Sievewright particularly stand-out as Fionnula. She movingly peels back her tough-girl act as she falls for Karen Fishwick’s Kay.

Vicky Featherstone’s swagger of a production rocks upwards and outwards, with tables on the Duke of York stage for some of the audience adding to the club atmosphere. An all-women, three-piece band blast out ELO numbers as the girls swap close-harmony choral arrangements for karaoke. It’s a soundtrack you’ll want to sing along to, a joyous punch in the air.

These six loud and funny girls, with their flashes of vulnerability, might be at a Catholic convent school, but ‘Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’ is about love and friendship, not guilt. This big-hearted show captures that giddy head-rush of being young, fearless and living in the moment. It’s a musical mic-drop with moments of real tenderness.

By: Tom Wicker

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I was so excited to see this show- the premise was so appealing. However I was really disappointed. The cast are all very talented but their characters were so unlikeable. I found these ladies foul mouthed bullies who scorned intellect & aspirations. Really disappointed that they all got drunk into a stupor & engaged in sordid sexual activity that they would never consent to if sober. Girl power this is not. I found it a depressing reflection of peer pressure leading to self destructive behaviour. There's nothing liberating or life affirming in this sorry squalid tale. I expected a joyous musical celebration but although the musical numbers were great they were too few & far between. However I seemed to be in the minority. A lot of my fellow theatre goers seemed to love it & there was a decent standing ovation at the end.

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tastemaker

This was like 'Sister Act' wanting to be 'Trainspotting'. I'm not offended by the huge amount of swearing but it was almost like the writers knew that swearing in a strong Scottish accent was funny so milked it to death. The accents were really strong and I didn't understand everything that was said. I felt the storylines were either lazy or absurd. For dramatic effect there were lots of references to pregnancies, drug use and lesbian kisses. But the story of the cancer patient sneaking into a room of sick Swedish guy was pretty grim and totally unrealistic. The writers tried to be creative by getting the six stars to act out the additional characters in their story telling but this was confusing.

We were lucky to get seats on the stage which was initially really exciting to be so up close to the performers. However being so close to the set on the stage had a clear disadvantage - you see the back of the performers most of the time. The show also lacked an interval which was needed as it was 1 hour and 45 minutes long. 

This play gets one star from me because the performers could sing and harmonise so well (Gareth Malone would love them). But overall this was awful, if there was an interval I would have left early.

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I don't think I was really the intended audience for this play. I am certainly not prudish, and love a good smutty-joke, but saying f**k and sp**k twenty five times in a single sentence does not comedy make. I thought there were very nice moments, the naked man upside down with an arm for a ding dong was a particular highlight, and there were sad and touching moments too. Unfortunately, the plot was weak, the staging poor, and the characterisation brash. Certainly, the audience seemed to love it, and I am sure there is a big audience for this play, I just don't think I could, to use that awful term 'relate' to the situation or characters. 

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We walked out of this apology for a show and joined the conversation on the pavement outside with others who had done the same.  As the great Stuart Francis's one-liner says: this play, like a fart in a lift, was wrong on so many levels.  It was neither witty, intelligently written, or moving.  It was disrespectful to working class kids.  The play as far as we could bear to stay in our seats, had no dramatic development and no sympathetic characters, rather cartoons designed to a formula.  We stuck it as long as we could, but eventually decided to leave when one character's soliloquy, designed to elicit our empathetic response, centred around her commentary on sexually abusing a dying cancer patient in hospital.  There are many forms of good entertainment in London, some frivolous, some hard-hitting social commentaries.  This isn't one of them. This is in my opinion the degrading adolescent fantasy of a fevered brain.  The one-note joke was that Scottish working class convent schoolgirls are bawdy.  Shock? Really.


The singing was OK and the music not memorable.  I have given this one star simply because there isn't a space for Zero.


Above, you will find a button to click through that reads: Find Tickets.  My advice is: Don't.

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Ok, so the singing is great. But:

1. I'm Irish and even I struggled to follow their diction - many an American afterwards exited confused

2. If you are going to curse, learn from the likes of Roddy Doyle, The commitments (film) is a good example as to how a group of people use cursing, as part of their vernacular, with charm

3. There is nothing funny about raping a dying man, nothing....I nearly walked out at this point, but there was no easy way to do this. 

4. Script was lacking and the decent jokes were lost in awkward change overs to sub-stories. Perhaps better character development may have happened with an interval. Therefore allowing time to set up the characters and hire a couple of male actors to smooth out clunky, male roles done by the girls.

5. Slightly tired of musically recycling songs to 'create a musical'. Perhaps a straight play, with some singing. Anyone who saw 'The Travesties' would have seen music used in a innovative and entertaining way. 

6. I went to a catholic school and we were never allowed to go off without supervision before school events. So far more realitic first act,have them sneaking in booze into their drinks en route and character set up ending with them getting kicked out of the competition. Second half being the gang going on the batter in Edinburgh and how their journeys ends, as they move onto to life after school. 



If you want real gross out comedy, save your money and go to Book of Mormons. Least there is a coherent story and real social commentary about religion....

Tastemaker

This play about six Scottish teenager girls in a trip to Edinburgh for a catholic choir competition is unexpected amazing! Even with the great reviews I was still greatly surprised!

The singing is wonderful, the jokes are non-stop and you can’t help but want to know more about each girl’s story. It manages to be sad, uplifting, emotional and just hilariously funny!


I absolutely loved this show, it felt very new and unlike anything I have ever seen. I laughed continually for the entirety of the show (as did everyone at the performance I viewed) and can only assume that the people complaining in the comments section are prude. Every person I've spoken to about this show has praised it beyond belief, Fantasic! Great Cast too.


I went today with my partner. We both felt disappointed, 'though for different reasons. His hearing problems prevented him from comprehending much of what was being said, but he loved the music and singing which is really good, and he fell fast asleep for much of the 1 3/4 hours. I found the band music far too loud and had to hold fingers in my ears; worse I was bored and annoyed. There's almost story or plot, just the girls' individual teenage 'stories' about drunken, abusive or imagined sexual encounters, with nothing to redeem their sorry, sad, confused state. There are no 'grown-ups'- parents, teachers, nuns or priests present for the girls to either properly rebel against or to inspire and comfort. I have come away thinking that the worst excesses within the 'stories' point more to the (male) writer's own twisted fantasies about school girls and that deeply annoys me. It's telling at one point toward the end of the show that one girl says no one has ever taught them what love means. For me this isn't a comedy - tragedy is more like it.

No, I wouldn't go again, nor recommend it.


Went last night with sister. We were both Catholic Convent girls in the 80's when the play was supposed to be set. 

Yes it was lewd with F***k every other word; the accents were very difficult to understand; the research poor - nobody had tuition fees to pay in the 80's, and all sorts of references were completely wide of the mark including the popular bands around at the time. 

There were some funny moments but all ruined by the swearing and OTT behaviour. We had rough girls at our school none of whom  behaved like that and as the commentator says below nobody would be allowed to go out alone. The play must have been written by a sexually frustrated bloke with clouded ideas about how teenage girls behave. A missed opportunity to create a funny play about friends on the cusp of change (as the play blurb says). 

Good thing there was no interval  - I think most of the audience would have not come back for the second half. 

Tastemaker

As the theatre darkens, a group of catholic girls arrive on the stage beautifully singing hymns, until they launch into a barrage of swearing and crude chatter amongst themselves.

Not for the faint hearted; Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour tells the story of six young choir girls and their ill-fated trip to a choir competition in Edinburgh; filled with sex, drugs and drunken debauchery.

Each actress acts out their own mini soliloquies within the play which would have been easier to follow if additional cast were brought into to reenact their tales and create a bigger impact.

Be warned that along with the bad language comes their incredibly strong accents that at times can be hard to follow.

The cast are amazing actresses and their singing is second to none whether it was a high pitched hymn or a chart hit from ELO.

Definitely not one to take your mum, Grandma or anyone else that finds the word 'spunk' offensive.

tastemaker

joyously raucous is right :-)


and yes there were warnings - they tell you it's rude, crude, full of swearing by CATHOLIC GIRLS! 


I spent the first five minutes trying to navigate through the accent then it sort of grows on me - the accent I mean. the girls I loved at first sight.


It's the friendship we all wish we had in high school and honestly, at every stage of our life. If we coudl keep it, we are blessed.


Honest, explicit, entertaining and unapologetic - they had me laughing and dancing on my chair.


The dialogues were witty and on point. Just normal teenagers asking their more experienced friends things like, "what does (spunk) taste like?"

I went twice and loved both times and you shoudl too. Go with your BFF and/or your teenage daughter or niece.



Tastemaker

This show comes with a warning that it will be rude. Very rude. This is definitely an understatement, and should not be taken lightly. This is the type of show that no matter how much warning you get, you would still be shocked by the rudeness and crudeness. Having said that, for those without dainty little ears (and maybe a very open mind) this is a performance to be remembered. The voices are angelic at the best of times and the performances were energetic and the actresses really gave it all they got. The stage seating is a very nice touch as well. 

Tastemaker

Having been sent to Catholic Convent schooling & later in life marrying a Glaswegian my Mum had been desperate to see this show since it's arrival on the West End and so I was delighted to be able to bring her. My catholic schooling hadn't been nearly as uncompromising but the idea of a musical that fan-fares a truer, if not exaggerated, side effect of excessively religious high school was irresistible.


Our seats physically stage left and so we were totally immersed in the entire performance - it does mean you don't quite catch all the scenes from the angle that they were designed for but I didn't feel like it hindered the show for us at all and revelled in the rare opportunity to be so close to the action. As you an probably tell from ALL of the commentary below the show is unapologetically scandalous, the language foul and the characters boisterous but I honestly thought it was f*cking fantastic.


If you really struggle with strong accents then either spare yourself or be fair warned - being raised by a Scot just about set me in good stead but there were a few delayed laughs... I thought the actresses, their belting ballads and hilarious plot-lines carried the show from start to finish although admittedly I struggled a little to be convinced by the seemingly adolescent musings on life that were displayed nearer the end of the ladies' outing.


I have already massively recommended it to all the Scottish pals I have and then some. I would agree with quite a few of my fellow Tastemakers below that if you found The Book of Mormon funny you should book yourself in to see this while it's still around!

tastemaker

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour tells the lewd, rude and very crude story of a school girls' choir's ill-fated trip to a singing competition that leaves a trail of destruction in their wake as they drink, suck and shag their way through to their final destination.

This definitely isn't a west end show to take your granny to, with C-bombs dropped with aplomb throughout. At least, I think there were... The dialogue is *so* Scottish in not just its delivery but also writing that you may struggle to keep up; I certainly missed about 10% of the lines from not understanding what was being said. I want to use that as justification for not laughing more (this is a comedy, after all), but unfortunately this show just isn't funny enough. Each girl's story involves a moving soliloquy that takes us through their personal struggles, but when the consequences are merely shrugged off (or even celebrated with yet another bottle of Hooch) there should be more laugh out loud gags than this.

It's a shame, as the young actresses are absolutely brilliant; their presence and delivery so confident and their singing... you could get away with giving this show five stars based on their musical performances alone. Beautiful choral harmonies are delivered flawlessly and rock anthems are performed with a live band better than some proper gigs.

Unfortunately, the play itself can't match what the music and actresses bring to the table.

Tastemaker

Loved this show!!! You won't if you can't manage a lot of swearing and vulgar remarks. I am not a fan of stupid crude comedies, but this was something different. It grabbed me from the beginning. It reminds me of Pitch Perfect 2.

The Scottish accents were hard for me to follow, but after a few minutes it got easier.

The music was fun, the adventures were funny and touching as these young girls grew through their mishap.

People walked out the night I was there which is a shame. Go, relax and enjoy this group of young ladies coming of age.

Tastemaker

If you don't like swearing, you'll hate this. If you don't approve of drinking, you'll be appalled by this. If you get offended by chat about sex, you'll be horrified by this. If you don't like the use of smoke machines, you'll be disappointed by this. And if all of these things apply to you and you're unable to read the multiple disclaimer posters dotted around the theatre warning you of all these things before you take your seats, you'll probably walk out midway through, like a couple in front of us did. Their loss, as I thought this play was absolutely superb. Usually, I can sit through an hour and 45 minutes without a toilet break, but I laughed so hard that I did end up having to make use of the facilities before I had one belly laugh too many!


The music is fantastic, the singing quite extraordinary and not a note was missed. The characters are obviously meant to be offensive and not particularly likeable, though I actually loved them all. The audacity of their behaviour, the brashness of their words and the ridiculousness of the story is all right up my street.


Each of the girls has a VERY strong Scottish accent. As someone with Scottish family, I was able to understand about 95% of what was being said, but I'd imagine someone unfamiliar with regional British accents would struggle (Americans, I'm stereotypically looking at you!) 


Perhaps the entire show plays on stereotypes of bawdy Scots and convent school girl misdemeanors (this seems to be a complaint in some reviews below) but who really cares? It's a comedy, and if you can't find humour in stereotypes then this isn't the place for you. The whole point of this show is to make you squirm with the rudeness and I for one think that's one of the best forms of entertainment. I'd actually go and see this show again in a heart beat and I have a number of friends I know would bloody love it. Just perhaps don't go with your parents or take young kids with you. The conversation on curtain down won't be a fun one.

tastemaker

The best thing I have seen in the west end for years. If you like Book of Mormon this is right up your street.

I think this a modern day classic - depicting the life's of normal school girls in Scotland. I grew up in a comprehensive school in Essex and could see the similarities of the life with these girls - minus the pregnancies part. It may have been slightly over the top but I think this is very real of many children's upbringing. Drinking, fighting getting into trouble - all the ingredient she of many childhoods in the UK. A bunch of girls trying to find their way into adult hood.

The 6 girls were a acting tour de force - pitch perfect voices, reimagining songs from ELO. Throwing out a rocky chorus or a soft melody - the girls did it all. The music took the juke box musical to a new level.

There was crass over the top vulgarity mixed with touching monologues about the pressure of youth and illness. A special mention has to go Karen Fitchwick who's touching portrayal of a young girl suffering with cancer was perfectly acted.

I can't recommend this play enough and urge you all to get down to the Duke of York. But just don't take young children :)

tastemaker

A lot of people seem to have struggled getting beyond the lewdness on Our Ladies, but if all you do is get hung up about the swearing you have really missed the point.


The stories of the six schoolgirls are poignant, and even though the characters are lairy, the way their story develops is really touching. If you walk out before the end, then you don't reach the points of resolution and the 'morning after' clarity of the play. And that would be your loss.


Of course, you can't review Our Ladies without discussing the music. The performances of both the actors and the band are phenomenal. Really, the singing is just incredible. I left the theatre uplifted: it it a thing of joy.


I absolutely recommend Our Ladies, but if you're prudish about swearing, sex, or wild drunkenness, it's probably not the play for you.

Tastemaker

Six catholic schoolgirls in uniform arrive on stage to sing a hymn, Mendelssohn's "Lift Thine Eyes". They have angelic voices, it is beautiful. After the song they begin to talk, the language is sinful and the subjects are carnal.

The juxtaposition is funny.

This play is the story of their day trip to Edinburgh to sing in a choir competition. Over the course of this day we are given an insight into their lives and get to see the difference between the world that their convent schooling is preparing them for and the actual world that they will inhabit when they leave. This juxtaposition is moving. 

An entertaining and thought provoking show. Recommended.

Tastemaker

I was totally unsure what to expect with this play coming with an R-rated disclaimer but I absolutely loved it. 6 Scottish girls on a mad day out from their catholic school, it could have strayed into cheesy but it’s not at all. It’s honest, funny, and vulnerable. I can't fault the actresses either, their voices are brilliant and they’re onstage acting for an hour and 45 minutes without an interval. After a while you don’t even notice the swearing which is a testament to the calibre of the script and acting. If you’re after a cheap mid-week play this is a great option.

Tastemaker

Armed with the knowledge that this production would contain “really rude language, flashing lights, pyrotechnics, lots of sexual references, excessive drinking and extensive use of the smoke machine’, we descended to the stalls bar to await the opening of the auditorium.


The people around us were surprisingly elderly, clashing alarmingly with the bottles of Hooch for a fiver and tubs of pick n mix available at the bar – we wondered what they would make of the play (one elderly gent observed afterwards that he ‘couldn’t get on with the use of the f-word’ – he was warned!).


The stage itself revealed a grotty dive bar with pub tables littered with the detritus of an average Saturday night in any city. A statue of the Virgin stood above, incongruous, unperturbed by the chaos at her feet. And so the play began…


Brilliant.


The play and the cast were perfect at depicting the transition between childhood and adulthood – the last desperate attempts to lose yourself in youth and life before the awful wave of adult terrors, responsibilities, fears and awareness of mortality comes crashing down. Each of the girls stands before a precipice, for some a precipice of their own making, for others at the mercy of some horrific agent of fate. Each girl has a story to tell and the actors portrayed those stories with humour and aching pathos.


The music was excellent – ELO rubbing shoulders with Bach and Vaughan Williams – and the all-female trio who formed the band complimented the individuality of the all-female cast; each young woman unique but united in their energy and aggressive determination to give life the kicking in the balls it richly deserves.


Alan Warner, the writer of the original novel, invites us in the programme to raise a drink with the girls – make it several swigs of white label vodka mixed with economy lemonade cunningly hidden in an old bottle of R Whites.

tastemaker

I thoroughly enjoyed this performance. In a nutshell, 6 school girls are unleashed on the city of Edinburgh on their way to a school choir concert. Whilst not quite as rebellious as these girls, it evoked a certain nostalgia for me. They perfectly capture that feeling of utter freedom that feels so unbelievably delicious when you're a teenager. 


The accents are thick, the action is extremely fast paced and the events unfold in a way that is designed to raise eyebrows however in between the moments of enjoyable chaos there are interactions between the girls that are really moving and highly believable. Credit also has to be given for the incredible singing which swings between saintly choral notes to energetic rock in a matter of moments. It's very much an ensemble piece and each and every actor is a strong as the next, which is rare and makes for an incredible dynamic onstage. Not only does each perfectly embody the nuances of the teenage girl they are portraying but they easily and convincingly slip into a plethora of characters from surly bouncers to leering bankers to snobby barmaids without even a hint of a costume change. Impressive to say the least. 


From the reviews you've probably ascertained that this show isn't for everyone. Yes, there is swearing, sexual references, a healthy splash of crude behaviour and content some might find offensive. However, this is also made very clear on the signs outside the theatre and on all the advertising for the performance - a minuscule amount of research is required to work out what kind of play it is. My suggestion would be if that's not 'your cup of tea' - go and see something a bit more wholesome rather than complaining about it afterwards. Although, if the cast have even half the amazing and fearless attitude of their characters, I think its safe to say they won't lose any sleep over it. 

tastemaker

As you can gather from the reviews it's not for those that are faint of heart. The swearing and adult situations can sometimes seem exaggerated but you can't deny that this all female cast truly give it their all. Although the Scottish vernacular and the multiple plots can be confusing at first, the play comes into its own element when the girls are let loose in the city of Edinburgh. Most of the cast have been performing together for two years. This is quite evident as the interplay between each of the 6 school girls is telepathic. Their singing is beautiful and the musical numbers are very enjoyable and energetic. Each of the school girls take on the roles of the oddball characters that the group will encounter during their frenetic stay in the Scottish capital. The fact that they do not use costumes or makeup is brave since it allowed them to simply use their voices and faces as a blank canvas. Whether they are playing nightclub bouncers with attitude or Edinburgh pond-life, their characters are really convincing. I noticed that a few people in the audience dressed up as convent school girls so this play definitely has a loyal following. Despite not liking all the punchlines, the audience really seemed to enjoy themselves. Worth a punt for something a bit different and because of the proficiency of the young actresses.

tastemaker

I would agree with a number of other reviews this play definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea. The play felt to me a bit of a mix between Inbetweeners and St Trinian's. There were a a number of very funny moments to this play and I enjoyed the music. Be warned there is a lot of swearing in this play and talk of sex.

tastemaker

What's your favourite word beginning with f? If it's four letters and ends in k (and it's not fork) then this is the show for you. Most definitely not for the prude or easily offended. Foul mouthed, fun and energetic, these girls know how to have a good time, plus they can seriously sing. Some of the best voices I've heard on a live stage in a long time, alongside an amazing 3 piece band.

The audience on stage and limited stage set leaves little room for error with the main focus totally on the six school girls whom amazingly switch between characters at a rapid pace. 

With a cover of Mr Blue Sky and a series of adapted choir songs, this show focused on the outlandish, rebelliousness of teenagers whilst giving a more serious back story of each character.


I really enjoyed it - totally different from the norm. 



tastemaker

Overall I enjoyed this - the singing was awesome, going from angelic choir songs to angry rock and roll and back again. The accents were difficult to understand at points and the introductions at the start went so fast I missed half of them. Didn't really feel like there was much of an ending, but I'd recommend going to see this if you can get cheap tickets!

tastemaker

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is based on 6 Catholic Secondary Girls off to a singing contest and their adventures them encounter getting to the competition.


If you’re offended by swearing and grotesqueness I honestly would stay at home however if you're not easily offended this is a great little play to go see.


The story is a bit weak with usual bombs hitting (awkward love affair, drinking and illness) but nevertheless I thought it worked well and the actresses did well to capture quite a few different characters.


What didn't work for me was the perception of these girls. I just felt it was a bit too full on and I couldn’t really believe anyone was that vulgar. It didn't make me warm to any of the characters really.


What did work for me was the signing which is amazing, they go from sweet cherubs to absolute rockers and their take on an ELO number is fantastic. I actually wanted them to sing all the way through!


Tip: there is no interval!

Tastemaker

Intersting and weird is all I can say. It is about six convent school girls who go on a trip to Edinburgh and follows their journey of getting drunk, friendships and meeting boys.

There is far too much swearing for my liking and their accents were very difficult to follow.

1.45houes of swearing, if a bit toommuch even for me.

The girls were very talented and had amazing voices and the band was fab.

This certainly wasn't my cup

Of tea.

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Go to the toilet and buy your drinks before as there is no interval.


First, the good. The cast and orchestra are undoubtedly a very talented group and have extremely strong vocal abilities which are demonstrated in many of the featured songs (particularly Mr Blue Sky). Unfortunately, that for me is where the good finishes.

As for the actual play... it's hard to know where on earth to start. It feels very poorly written and is very clumsily staged, with the small cast at times taking on multiple roles, which as a result makes it extremely difficult to follow. None of the main characters are especially likeable which has the effect of making it practically impossible to feel any sort of empathy towards any of them, and the so-called "humour" in the piece ranges from the sometimes lavatorial to the downright grotesque, the likes of which I can't even bring myself to describe. Some people in the audience did seem to enjoy some of it, but they were very much in the overwhelming minority.

I frequently found myself wondering how something this utterly crass and vulgar has managed to earn a place on any stage at all, let alone the London stage. Warnings are given beforehand as to the content being explicit, and with frequent use of foul language - but when said foul language occurs as virtually every other word in just every sentence and said explicit content being totally beyond the realms of any conceivable kind of decency, it can't help but detract from the storyline of any piece... or at least it the case of this piece, it would have been had actually there been a strong enough storyline to follow. Avoid, avoid, AVOID.

tastemaker

I would be lying if I said I wasn't at time surprised by the story line of this show. Being a young teenage year in y yesteryear i of course could relate, but felt that some of the angles the story went couldn't be based on true fact. Be warned this is a show like no other with foul language in particular. It is not for the faint hearted. We managed to pick up tickets to sit up on stage - right in the thick of it!! Do it if your dare! :)

tastemaker

This won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you are willing to suspend your disbelief and go along for the ride you will have a great time. The six leading ladies play all the roles which can be a little confusing but they will suck you in with their amazing voices and the drama of their day in the city.

We had cheap seats in the circle which were a little restricted but thankfully our neighbours didn't show up so we got a better view than we'd paid for. Just something to be careful of when booking tickets.

tastemaker

I went to see this when it was at the National and I am delighted to see its back in the West End.


I loved each of the characters, from their vulgar brashness to their often heart wrenching insights, I laughed out loud with them, they brought tears to my eyes and I sang along with them.  The vocals were fantastic and unexpectedly so. They were filled with drama and emotion and energy. There is also something special about hearing someone sing in your own accent, it’s a rare thing.

I loved seeing an all female cast playing multiple roles, including those of the men that letched over the girls.

This is unlike anything I have seen. It’s the best piece of theatre I’ve seen in such a long time. I’d go again tomorrow, in fact I might.

Do whatever it takes to get a ticket, you must see this.

Tastemaker

A riotous mix of rock concert and teenage carnage that doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts. There are some fun moments and some classic one-liners but the plot is a little cliche and unbelievable at times. Still, makes a difference to have something so energetic in the west end.

Tastemaker

A heady blend of Pitch Perfect, St Trinian's and a dash of Trainspotting- Our Ladies is a breath of exhilarating fresh air in the West End.  


As some of the one star reviews below may exhibit, this show is not for the easily offended. It is rammed full of sexual references, crude gestures and curse words. But if you want something that is going to knock your socks off with humour, emotion and some insane vocals, get yourself down to the Duke of York's.


These six girls are an absolute powerhouse of talent, from their beautifully blended choral voices and their belting rock performances to their moving storytelling and perfect comic timing. All six girls play all characters and switch seamlessly into outsiders that they meet on their epic school trip to Edinburgh. The show is super fast paced, blink and you'll miss a joke, but the energy just adds to the overall electricity of this production.


With music from ELO, the harmonies range from the sublime to the 'smack you in the face', and somehow this small group manage to lift the roof as if they were a full musical company.




Some spirited performances but ill served by a hackneyed and lazy script lacking in character development, mediocre musical arrangements and worst of all, no funny jokes! We wanted to walk out but didn't want to disrespect the performers. My 16 year old daughter wondered who this show was meant to appeal to - people who think hearing pretty girls saying the C word is hilarious? Or like others have said, those who enjoy a grotesque monologue about sexually abusing a dying cancer patient? Awful.  Avoid.


The writer and producers of this appalling show must be very sick to think a failed rape and b job perpetrated on a man dying of cancer is in any way entertaining. My rating is no stars .. This site disallows any fewer than 2 stars

tastemaker

A gritty, soulful, funny and hear trenching coming of tale. If you enjoyed the History Boys, The Breakfast Club and Billy Billy Elliott, this smashes them out of the park!


The play revolves a group of girls from a small Scottish town going to the City for a choir concert, alcohol, home truths and a spot of bother ensues.


Never does the show fail in ironic realism, the acting superb as the girls play multiple characters, The music is excellent dancing effortless between rock and classical and adding to the storytelling beautifully.


Honestly the story line had me laughing out loud every turn and got em teary eyed, and there was a standing ovation very truly deserved.


This play won't stay at the National for long, it is heading for the West-end so catch it for under £15 like I did.. 


Fun, lively and not too much like a musical to be irritating, despite the singing.

tastemaker

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is a rude, raucous and rebellious show about a group of Scottish Catholic school girls who travel to Edinburgh for a singing competition only to end up getting drunk, shagging and ultimately finding themselves. Beautifully written by Lee Hall and directed by Vicky Featherstone. The harmonies sung throughout really take your breath away. At some points I wanted less of the story and more of the singing, as this was what I thought was the very best thing about the play. The story sometimes went on to long and I would have preferred the action to move on through song. 

tastemaker

This should appeal to ex convent girls. 

It's all about six convent girls attending a choir competition in the big city - Edinburgh, but this would not really be a fair description.

It's more an all singing, all swilling, all swearing Scottish hen night, and it rings true. Whether this sort of night out appeals to you is the important question. I saw somewhere that it had a lot of the qualities of Chaucer - the truth, the honesty & the vulgarity. Probably fair, but the down side is like Chaucer it's spoken in English, but not English as I know it.

If you have no desire to attend a Scottish hen night, you may enjoy the exuberant singing (both Classical & popular). 

tastemaker

I hadn't even seen the poster for this and a friend booked me a ticket as a surprise.  I had no idea what to expect but it certainly wasn't 2 hours of straight laughter.  The story of a group of Convent girls heading into the big city for a day and their drunken outrageous antics was hilarious, but also touching.  During the first 10 minutes I had a horrible feeling that the play was going to be shocking for the sake of it but I was pleasantly surprised by the back stories and emotion portrayed.  The acting was superb and each girl had a distinctive character and relatable aspect to her.  They all dipped in and out of playing the secondary characters met throughout their journey - it's amazing how little props and scenery you need when the acting is good enough. 
There was also singing, good singing.  To be honest I didn't recognise many of the songs but presumed by the reaction of the rest of the audience that they were well known and the music worked well with the settings and storylines, just wasn't always to my taste.  The show is very fast paced, which keeps you engaged, although there were a few moments where I lost the thread.
This is not a play for the easily offended but a gem for those who want some fun relief from the ridiculousness of life!  If you're an ex-convent girl yourself could also be a trip down memory lane............