Semi-retired widow Fran, writer for the Winkham Weekly Snooze, decides to start a writing group for local women. She is joined by Penny – a single, disillusioned, reluctant PE teacher, Janet – a shy and retiring librarian with a love of history, and Annie – a bored housewife whose children have recently left home.
The four lonely women discover a mutual love of wine, vodka and creativity, and over a few months change each other’s lives forever. Fran proposes that they enter a local drama competition to give their writing a focus, and Janet suggests a play about Boadicea. Their attempts at drama turn out to be amateurish and comical, but the qualities of loyalty, courage and tenaciousness that they and Boadicea share soon become clear.
This is a touching comedy, full of pathos, which shows how friendship can change lives – Sex and the City meets Butterflies!
Boadicea of Britannia Street takes place at The Plowright Theatre from Tuesday 1 to Saturday, 5 May.
Tickets are priced £10 each. Booking fee applies.