A new production of Bad Girls the Musical, based on characters from the award-winning and popular TV drama (including Shell Dockley, Denny Blood, Nikki Wade and the Two Julies!), will run at the Union Theatre from 9 March to 2 April (press night is 11 March).
With a book by Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, and music and lyrics by Kath Gotts, Bad Girls is set in the fictional HMP Larkhall. It’s the story of new idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stewart and her battles with the entrenched old guard of Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia Hollamby.
A tragic death on the wing – in which Jim Fenner is implicated – leads to an angry protest from the women and forces Helen and Nikki to their opposite sides of the bars. But when it’s clear that Helen stands to lose her job over Jim Fenner’s misdeeds, the race is on for the women to nail Jim once and for all.
In the cast are: Ceili O’Connor (as Nikki Wade), Sinead Long (Shell Dockley), Christine Holman (Yvonne Atkins), Imelda Warren-Green (Denny Blood), Livvy Evans (Crystal Gordon), Jayne Ashley (Julie Saunders), Catherine Digges (Julie Johnston), Sarah Goggin (Rachel Hicks), Francine Rowan (Noreen Biggs), Gareth Davies (Jim Fenner), Tori Hargreaves (Helen Stewart), Perry Meadowcroft (Justin Mattison) and Maggie Robson (Sylvia ‘Bodybag’ Hollamby. In the ensemble are Amy Christen-Ford, Meg McCarthy, Eloise Davies and Melissa Po.
Bad Girls the Musical is directed by Will Keith, choreographed by Jo McShane, with musical direction by Alex Bellamy. Also in the creative team are designer Jess Phillips, lighting designer Jack Weir and producer and directing associate Sasha Regan. The musical was originally directed by Maggie Norris, with orchestrations by Martin Koch.