Commissioned by Hull Truck Theatre (2007)
Published by Nick Hern Books
After hitting the jackpot in Ladies’ Day, the fish-filleting foursome celebrate with the trip of a lifetime. This sequel to Ladies’ Day takes Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda from downtown Hull to the land of Oz.
While Shelley spends on luxury and glamour, the rest of the gang go native and camp out at Ulhuru. But Shelley soon discovers there’s more on offer than smart hotels and sun-kissed surfers, and Pearl has her own mountain to climb. What promises to be trip of a lifetime becomes a life-changing adventure for them all.
The original Ladies Down Under embarked on a 12-week UK tour, directed by Gareth Tudor Price
The play was written for the original Ladies Day cast – Annie Sawle, Sue McCormick, Jemma Walker, Lucy Beaumont and Martin Barrass – who all reprised their roles in the sequel.
It consistently features in Nick Hern Book’s Top Ten Most Performed Plays and has been staged by hundreds of amateur companies across the UK
“Were it not for the height of their heels, one might say Whittington’s characters could run and run.”
“Sending the ladies long haul seems to be about making a slender idea go a very long way … yet something unexpected happens on arrival as the pace becomes less frenetic, the humour less coarse and the characterisation deepens.”
“The writing is brilliantly funny, from the pop culture references and off hand observations, to the frequent off key renditions of Waltzing Matilda. However it also has a poignant side – none of the four main characters (and, to be fair, a hefty chunk of the support characters too) escape without some sort of dramatic issue.”