Commissioned by Hull Truck Theatre (2005)
Published by Nick Hern Books
Life is one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when they head to Ladies Day at the races. Factory hairnets make way for fascinators as the four friends hit the races for an unforgettable day out.
Secrets are spilled with the champagne and friendships are tested to the limit. Yet as the day unfolds and tempers fray, their accumulator bet keeps quietly winning. If their luck and their nerve holds, the ladies could could hit the jackpot – and more.
Ladies Day has been reimagined and rewritten for a brand new production at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, opening July 13th 2018.
The original Ladies Day embarked on a 12-week UK tour, directed by Gareth Tudor Price
Subsequent productions include Liverpool Royal Court, the Queens Theatre Hornchurch, the Lichfield Garrick
Consistently appears in Nick Hern Book’s Top Ten Most Performed Plays and enjoys hundreds of amateur productions across the UK.
Adapted as a BBC Radio 4 Afternoon play, directed by Sarah Davies.
“A superbly observed story in which relationships are put under huge stress before the feelgood-factor ending. The 2018 version of Ladies’ Day shows that Amanda Whittington has lost none of her talent for creating multi-layered characters that most people can identify with.”
“What sets Wolverhampton Grand’s production of Ladies’ Day apart is the depth with which each character has been written, the charm of the ladies’ intertwining stories and the strength of characterisation.”
“Whittington has carved a niche as an intelligent, popular writer with a particular ability to encapsulate the aspirations of unglamorous women who feel they deserve better … [her] characters are untouchable when they keep their white stilettos firmly on the ground.”
“Has all the makings of a huge hit … with its Yorkshire heart and soul, it has all the warmth of a Calendar Girls or Full Monty.”
“Amanda Whittington's sporting romp Ladies' Day is as much fun as a day at the races and, arguably, better value for money.”