Girlfriends is set on a Bomber Command air base in Norfolk in the darkest days of World War II, amongst the volunteer ranks of the WAAF – young women who came from all corners of the UK (and the Commonwealth) to join Britain’s fight for survival against the Nazis: their loves and losses, their fears and friendships, their laughter and their bravery. They weren’t just part of history – they made it.
Cast Includes: Amy: Corrine Priest, Lou: Perry Lambert, Jas: Catriana Sandison, Jane: Catherine Mort, Sally: Sarah Harlington, Sgt Woods: Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Ensemble: Jessica Hern, Ensemble: Marcia Brown, Ensemble: Katie Shearman, Pam: Amelia Rose Morgan, Guy: Tom Sterling, Gareth: Michael Rees
Directed by Bronagh Lagan. Bronagh Lagan was nominated for Best Director and Best Production for Henry VI Part 1 in the Off West End Awards.
Directing Credits include: RAGS The Musical – In Concert (UK Premiere, The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue), A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (Greenwich Theatre), Even If We Lose Our Loves (Amnesty International), The Mistress Cycle (Landor Theatre), The Jewish Legacy (Regional Tour), Expectations (Arcola Theatre), Bat Boy (Berkoff Studio), Blood Wedding (Courtyard Theatre), The List (Landor Theatre), On Top of the World (Brockley Jack), Acting Without the Drama (Tristan Bates Theatre), Newsrevue (Canal Café), Henry VI Part 1 (Rose Theatre), Erris (Theatre 503), Julius Caesar (The Scoop), She (New End Theatre) and Contractions (Etcetera Theatre).
Associate Director Credits include: Flight (Brockley Jack) and Ladies and Gentlemen Buonasera (C Venues at the Edinburgh Festival). Musically Directed by Freddie Tapner
Assistant Director Credits include: The Secret Garden (Chester Performs), Grosvenor Park (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), Nothing Left to Lose (Company Collisions, Regional tour and Purcell Room, Drogo Island and Enchantment (Devised Puppet Show, Ordu festival, Turkey) and After The End’ (New End Theatre).
Girlfriends marks Freddie’s professional MD debut. He is the first recipient of the MTA’s MD Mentorship Scheme and trains under Annemarie Lewis Thomas. At university he studied Engineering at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he graduated from this summer. Whilst at Cambridge he had the privilege of conducting one of the very first amateur concert performances of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA using the new 25th Anniversary score and orchestrations.
Howard Goodall says: “I am really thrilled that three of my musicals, spanning the years 1986-2010, are being produced at the Union Theatre this autumn. I hope people will find the three pieces quite different in scale, style and mood, and that audiences will enjoy the super-intimate setting of this lovely, cosy theatre, and that my ex-chorister’s surround-sound vocal polyphony will feel as enveloping as it is inside my head!”
29 October – 22 November
Tuesday-Saturday 7.30pm. Saturday/Sunday 2.30pm
Tickets £20 / £17 Concessions. 1st week £15
The Union Theatre, 204 Union Street, London, SE1 0LX
020 7261 9876
Wednesday 8th October 2014