Some musical bars with a difference

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A MUSIC and dance version of a hit television show is coming to a Hartlepool stage.

Millions of people watched the ITV series Bad Girls.

Now comes the musical version by Hartlepool Stage Society which arrives at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, on Wednesday, November 2, for a three-day run.

Bad Girls the Musical is a show which ran on the West End stage several years ago.

It portrays life inside a women’s prison.

Bad Girls celebrates the warmth, compassion and defiant sense of humour that can triumph even behind bars. .

The show features all the popular characters from the series including Shell Dockley, the Two Julies and Yvonne Atkins as well as the evil Jim Fenner.

The musical is based on storylines from the first three series of the ITV show and is set in HMP Larkhall.

It tells the story of the idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stuart and her battles with the entrenched old guard of officer and his sidekick Sylvia “Bodybag” Hollamby.

It also follows the love story that develops between Helen and charismatic inmate Nikki Wade.

A tragic death on the wing – in which Fenner is implicated – leads to an angry protest from the women and forces Helen and Nicki to their opposite sides of the bars.

The Hartlepool production has been directed by professional actor Tom Morris who is a long-standing friend of the Stage Society, with musical direction by Christine Davison.

Tom (under the stage name of James Hill) is about to tour the UK with David Essex in All The Fun of the Fair and is also producing pantomimes this Christmas with the likes of Linda and Maureen Nolan, and Neil and Christine Hamilton.

Tom, 26, said: “We have had a fabulous time putting it together, and there’s still plenty of time to polish it.

“The show is a curious choice for any amateur group, but I think Hartlepool Stage Society will be the first to admit that it looks like the gamble is paying off.

“ It’s going to be a cracking show, and hopefully will attract fans of the series, people who might not necessarily come to see a Stage Society show.

“The cast are having a great time putting it together and this sense of cameraderie really comes across on-stage.”

Society chairman Jill Jackson said: “We are rehearsing well. The cast is very strong. The songs are amazing and there are some very funny scenes.”

The show has some scenes of an adult nature and parental guidance is necessary.

Tickets cost £8 and are available by contacting the theatre box office on (01429) 890000.