Bittersweet Day at the Races for Players

The Rossendale Players' cast of "Ladies' Day"
The Rossendale Players' cast of "Ladies' Day"

Four female friends from a fish factory and their adventures at “Ladies’ Day” form the final show of the season for the Rossendale Players.

Most of the action from the show directed by Christine Durkin centres on a trip to York Races for the protagonists, and their underlying loves, fears and disappointments.

The bittersweet tale by Amanda Whittingham was a fitting finale to the season with some great performances by the ensemble cast.

Dorrie Patington again stole the show with her comic portrayal of Shelley, a larger-than-life character whose bubbly persona belies a vulnerable person deep down.

Dorrie, meanwhile, has been nominated for a GMDF Award for her role in the Players’ Christmas production of “Absurd Person Singular”.

The other stnad-out member from the cast was young Gary Vear who plays the part of two very different characters and pulls off the accents with aplomb.

He plays the part of a racing pundit with a cut-glass English accent as well as a young Irish jockey, both very believably.

Sheila Newton, Dawn Rowe, Romy Began, Jim Rowe and Patrick Duffy made up the rest of the very impressive cast, some of whom are newcomers to the Players.

The Players are now offering season tickets for the next season. Anyone interested should call Anne Riding on 01706 228720.