Set in a women’s prison, Bad Girls is a powerful, uplifting and raucously entertaining British musical, based on the award-winning and hugely popular television drama.
The show was developed by the creators of Bad Girls, Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, in collaboration with composer and lyricist Kath Gotts, and director Maggie Norris, and it premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse in June 2006. The girls were then 'sent down' to London for a West End run at the Garrick Theatre from August to November 2007.
Bad Girls introduces us to an anarchic bunch of women on the edge and up against the odds - prostitutes, addicts, shop-lifters, murderers - each with a story to tell of lives left behind and dreams of a better future ahead, and an entrenched old guard of prison officers out to dash their every hope.
Idealistic new Wing Governor Helen Stewart arrives at HMP Larkhall on a mission to reform the ‘us and them’ regime - and finds a surprising ally and soulmate in charismatic cop-killer Nikki Wade. But both face a ruthless adversary in corrupt Officer Jim Fenner, who wants Helen’s job and will do everything he can to undermine her.....
Then the tragic suicide of a young inmate - in which Jim Fenner is implicated - unleashes an angry protest on the wing and forces Helen and Nikki to their opposite sides of the bars. But when it’s clear that Helen stands to lose her job over Fenner’s misdeeds, the race is on for all the women to overcome their differences and join forces against their common enemy.....
Full of big songs and characters, Bad Girls is an exhilarating mix of gritty reality, rebellious spirit, emotional honesty and irreverent humour, that touches hearts and kicks up a riot.
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The West End production featured several veterans of the TV show as well as familiar musical theatre names. Helen Fraser reprised her infamous role as Sylvia "Bodybag" Hollamby and Nicole Faraday, better known in her role as Snowball Merriman in series 4 and 5 of Bad Girls, was the "evil incarnate" Shell Dockley. Laura Rogers played the troubled Wing Governor Helen Stewart and Maria Charles made a welcome return as old-timer Noreen Biggs. West End leading man David Burt played the malicious Jim Fenner and Sally Dexter won rave reviews as Yvonne Atkins. See the full cast below.
Bad Girls The Musical was filmed live at the Garrick Theatre and is available to buy or rent through Vimeo On Demand.
"For an entertaining night of salacious humour, strong songs and good old-fashioned melodrama, it's hard to beat and deserves to thrive"
""A Life of Grime" and "All Banged Up" are terrific numbers, brilliantly executed by Julie Jupp, Rebecca Wheatley and Sally Dexter, and Maggie Norris's vibrant production roars on to a life-enhancing finale."
"Kath Gotts' music and lyrics are an inventive delight"
"It's brazen, cheeky, well developed, well acted and well sung. The Bad Girls have done good"
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Book by Maureen Chadwick & Ann McManus
Director - Maggie Norris
Costume & Set Designer - Colin Richmond
Lighting Designer - Tim Mitchell
Sound Designer - Paul Groothius
Sound Effects & Video Designer - Mic Pool
Choreographer - Ann Yee
Musical Director - Dane Preece
Orchestral Management - Sylvia Addison
Casting Director - Jill Green
Production Manager - Richard Bullimore
Script Associate - Guy Picot
Production Photographer - Catherine Ashmore