A Dukes Lancaster and Ladybrain Productions co-production
NO FAT JULIETS
26 September 2013 - 12 October 2013
review by Alan Chard
No Fat Juliets is a play with songs written by Sue McCormick who also takes the lead role at the Dukes before the play moves on to the Oldham Coliseum. It highlights the difficulties faced by women of 'larger proportions' in a world where 'stick insects' are idolised and get the majority of acting parts.
Sue found herself sidelined into playing midwives and serving wenches but never getting the parts she really wanted.
The point is made many times and could obscure some of the good Northern humour that's in this play. The singing is enthusiastic, well-paced, adding a new dimension to the production. Transitions from play to musical interlude and back were smooth and very well-managed. The stage set was imaginative and enabled scenes to be set in many different types of location to take place effortlessly.
The action is set in a run-down pub in the Lake District, not far from Lancaster. Part romantic comedy and part commentary on current attitudes and the obsession with perfect size. This is an interesting evening's entertainment. The press release says 'a great excuse for a night out with the girls' and it certainly is.
Alan Chard, October 2013