> Norwich Playhouse
“Chick Lit”-style entertainment came to the stage with playwright (and ex-UEA student) Louise Roache's witty and touching story of a singing trio's friendship tested to the limit by lies, ambition and, of course, men!
Spanning 10 years, we followed the highs and lows in the relationship of “The Diamonds” - Sadie, Lois and Serena. Their differing personalities, hang-ups and dreams were convincingly and entertainingly portrayed, and women of all ages will have found something to relate to.
Men, too, will have gained a great insight into what women really talk to each other about and why female camaraderie is so important.
As the story unfolded through a well- thought-out mix of conversation, monologues and songs, we came to understand and indeed empathise with the reasons why Lois (Penelope Woodman) was so self-absorbed and status-driven, why Sadie (Catherine Rice) used her sharp tongue and wit to mask a hard and tragic past, and why good-natured Serena (Laura Shep-
pard) found herself caught in the middle.
- 1 Pub transformed into 'breathtaking' family home for sale for almost £1m
- 2 Man accidentally downloaded indecent images of children, court hears
- 3 Delays expected with A47 to close in both directions for 15 miles
- 4 Family 'increasingly concerned' about missing Beccles woman
- 5 Man had cocaine hidden in car when stopped by police
- 6 Here are the new Covid travel rules which begin today
- 7 Flood alert on the Broads due to high water levels
- 8 Chef reopens historic Norwich coffee shop with roasts on the menu too
- 9 Norse chief executive quits for personal reasons
- 10 Trains cancelled after lorry crashes into bridge
How they chose to deal with the resulting, inevitable breakdown in relations was skilfully delivered through a hilarious script that had us laughing and crying with them.
But what made Girls Behind a really great night out was the fantastic and well-executed string of songs. The cast proved they are great all-rounders with powerful singing voices, and left the audience suitably impressed.