Society is off to the races

Cast of Ladies' Day
Cast of Ladies' Day

Having completed the highly successful, Brassed Off over the Easter weekend, Whitby Amateur Dramatics Society is now in rehearsal for its spring bank production at the end of the month.

This will be the comedy Ladies’ Day by award-winning playwright Amanda Whittington.

Director Ian Dobson has set the opening in a Whitby fish factory to give the production a local twist.

The four female employees, played by Alison Steele, Karen McCarthy, Helena Graham and Ruby Clarke, decide to go to Ladies’ Day at Ascot when the venue was switched to York because of work being done at Ascot.

“Their expectations are very different and what ensues are hilarious encounters with various people,” said Ian.

The others characters are played by Steve Upton, Chris Wales, Ian Dobson and Jayden Brown.

Work, love and life are just one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York.

Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter.

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With less than six weeks between Easter and spring bank, the cast have been working overtime to learn lines and provide a real good bank holiday laugh.

“This is a very similar situation to a few years ago when the Society put on, Last Tango in Staithes in just five weeks,” said Ian.

Ladies’ Day is on at Whitby Pavilion Theatre from Saturday May 27 to Monday May 29, daily at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are on sale from the Pavilion box office on 01947 458899 and in person.

Alternatively the can be obtained online at