Review: our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
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Adapted from Alan Warner’s novel, The Sopranos, this is the riotous story of six teenagers coming to Edinburgh from an Oban girls’ school for a choir-singing contest.

Traverse, Cambridge Street

After opening with an angelic bit of Mendelssohn, the tone flips, cigarettes come out and the terrific ensemble cast swear their way through an introduction to the characters.

They sing, dance and act superbly and, when not part of the main action, they voice a remarkable range of others including, strikingly, the various men who try to hit on them.

An Edinburgh afternoon of drinking, sexual misadventures, dodgy characters and more swearing, mean the plan to exit early so they can get home to catch the sailors at the Mantrap night club goes altogether too well.

The running musical theme is, oddly, ELO. In the exuberant hands of the young cast, supported by a live band in a fixed set that shows a nightclub whilst imagining a city, that mostly works, although fewer numbers might have left useful room to draw breath.

It’s a day in the life of these young women, with glimpses of backstory and hints towards challenging futures. Not all the serious dramatic interludes are successful but, in the theatre, and in these young lives, all that matters is the moment.

Until August 30