Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is a Scottish Catholic girl’s school – so prestigious that they have had sixteen pregnancies in the last year. Or was it seventeen?
The six schoolgirls are on a school excursion to Edinburgh to compete in a ladies’ choir competition to represent ‘not just the school, but God Himself’. But these rebellious girls couldn’t care less. Audiences will be delighted by the offensive, shameless, and extremely crude girls as they make the most of this opportunity to go f**king MENTAL the night before the competition.
The performers and the band are an all-female powerhouse. Not only are they all bloody hilarious, but they are grossly musically talented. The only way to describe the performance is that it is an aural rollercoaster of choral music, Scottish accents, and a bit of rock and roll.
They are all there to have a fun time, which they do, with only a few regrets come morning. Throughout the drinking, sex talk, and drug use we learn that there is more to them than just an average party gal. Like most sixteen year old girls they have their insecurities. They are vulnerable and young, and it’s the moments of clarity among the chaos that make this play so beautiful, so relatable.
Our Ladies is presented by The National Theatre Scotland and Live Theatre. They had a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, so you know already that it’s going to be good. Lee Hall is the master mind behind this adaptation from the novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner. I’m so glad that they were programmed for the Melbourne Festival. This is the best show of my year so far.
‘Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’ has been building a reputation as this year’s ‘not to miss performance’. It’s a trashy show that will have most young people with laughing with appreciation and older people laughing with shock and awkwardness.
Warning: very rude language, sex and drug references.
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There are still $25 student tickets available if you buy from the desk, or if you’re super keen for a discount you can line up at 6pm and grab a $30 ticket as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s tixatsix promotion.