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A Comedy by Amanda Whittington

Wed 30th March to Sat 2nd April 7:30pm

Free Workshop and Auditions with Kevin Davey on Monday 17th January, 7pm

(More details below)


An exuberant comedy about four likely lasses from the Hull fish docks on a day trip to the races, from the author of Be My Baby. Work, love and life are just one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York. Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot - and more besides...


Amanda Whittington's play Ladies’ Day premiered at Hull Truck Theatre in 2005 and has been revived many times since, including at the Royal Court in Liverpool and the Oldham Coliseum. The play is set in Hull and York in 2005.

Free Workshop and Auditions


Director Kevin Davey will lead a free drama workshop from 7-8pm, after which interested performers can stay on for friendly and informal auditions for parts in the show. 


When? Mon 17th Jan, 7pm. With possible recalls on Tues 18th Jan at 7pm.

Where? Please come to the Tolverne Road entrance of the LAC no earlier than 6.45pm


What you need to know:



Yes, please wear a mask when moving around the building (but not during the workshop and auditions) and we would appreciate it if you would do a lateral flow test before attending and definitely if you have any cold-like symptoms.

Can all the parts be played by any ethnicity? 

YES!  This is almost always the case at the Lantern Arts Centre and we are always looking to better represent the wonderful diversity of our great city.

What do I need to prepare? 

Nothing, just bring yourself.  If you wish to read the play beforehand, great, but you absolutely don’t have to.  We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and bringing a bottle of water.

Can I come to the workshop and not stay for the auditions? 

Yes of course, but do remember we are a friendly and welcoming organisation so maybe give auditioning a go!

When are rehearsals?

Every Monday and Thursday evening from Thurs 20th January onwards.  To be a part of a Lantern show requires a significant commitment, you must be able to make the majority of rehearsals and all of show week (26/3 - 2/4).  

Cast & Crew


Ladies Days Cast (all parts are leading roles)

  • Pearl - a fish packer, mid-fifties

  • Jan - a fish packer, mid-forties

  • Shelley - a fish packer, mid-twenties

  • Linda - a fish packer, mid-twenties

  • One male role for a talented and versatile actor playing 5 or 6 parts including: the girls’ supervisor in the factory, a ticket tout, a tv pundit, an Irish jockey, a bookie and a gambler.  This actor needs to be able to play a range of ages and therefore should have a playing age of no younger than late 20’s and no older than late 50’s.

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We are actively looking for Crew for Ladies Day - do get in touch or come along to the auditions if you are interested. 

Crew includes - stage management and technical team, front of house, costume and make-up.

Press Quotes

  • 'With its Yorkshire heart and soul it has all the warmth of a Calendar Girls or a Full Monty'  - Yorkshire Post

  • 'Amanda Whittington’s sporting romp Ladies’ Day is as much fun as a day at the races and, arguably, better value for money’ - The Stage

  • 'Hull Truck Theatre Company clearly has a hit on its hands'  - Hull Daily Mail

  • 'Exuberantly up-to-the-minute comedy' - Guardian


This amateur production is produced with kind permission from Nick Hern books.

About Director Kevin Davey

Kevin Davey trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to become a professional performer with a comprehensive experience of stage & film.   He is a winner of the BBC Carlton Hobbs Award.  He was a founder member of Business Act: a company providing actors to promotional and educational events.   For the past 25 years, Kevin has worked continuously as a professional director and producer.  Kevin is also a professional singing/vocal tutor/workshop leader & personal coach.  He composes his own original songs and is currently recording his album of material to be released shortly. Kevin's vision as Director of Theatre Spark is to offer the best possible professional skills & tutoring within an exciting music/arts company.

About Writer Amanda Whittington

Amanda’s work is widely performed by companies across the UK.

She has three titles in Nick Hern Books’ Top Ten Most Performed Plays of 2018: Ladies Day, Be My Baby and The Thrill of Love. In 2017, Amanda became a Doctor of Philosophy by Publication at the University of Huddersfield. She is currently Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse.

Amanda has numerous writing credits for BBC Radio Four, including The Archers. Her 2016 drama D for Dexter won Best Series/Serial in the BBC Audio Drama Awards and the sixth series will be broadcast in November 2019. She began her writing career as a freelance journalist for titles including Nottingham Evening Post, New Statesman and Society and The Face.

Your Visit

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Lantern Arts Centre, Tolverne Road, London, SW20 8RA

Food and Drink

Whilst the Lantern Coffee House is currently not yet open, light refreshments will be available during a short inteval. 


The Lantern Arts Centre is accessible by wheelchair-users and people with restricted mobility, lifts are available for studios on the first floor, whereas ramps are in place to access the main auditorium. When booking please add any requirements in the seating requests section.


There are no cloakroom facilities at the Lantern Arts Centre.


You are now able to choose your own tickets during the booking process. Once you have booked your seat you will be emailed your e-ticket which will be scanned upon your arrival to the venue. If you are unsure about booking seats please call 0203 761 7070.