Band of Gold was a popular TV drama in the 90s which showed the gritty world of Bradford prostitutes. Kay Mellor’s stage version now tells a story of the murder of a new prostitute. In doing so it offers both realism and adult humour.
The cast is full of some well-known names which includes Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies) as Ian Barraclough, Shayne Ward (Coronation Street, Les Miserables) as Inspector Newall, Gaynor Faye (Emmerdale, Playing the Field, Calendar Girl) as Rose and Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks, Heartbeat) as Steve. Unlike as advertised the role of Anita was played by Virginia Byron during the evening’s performance.
The main strength of the show was the quality of acting and Carol, Emma Osman, stood out for her strong presence on the stage in her portrayal of a feisty experienced prostitute. Gina, played by Sacha Parkinson, was also convincing in her role of an abused wife who was drawn into the world of prostitution. Believable tension was also created between Gina and her abusive husband Steve, played by Keiron Richardson. The character of Rose, played by Gaynor Faye, helped to add lightness and humour to an otherwise dark story.
There was heightened tension in more dramatic scenes such as when Gina was being abused by her husband and another when her mother suggests that she should stay with her abusive husband. Light heartedness was also injected into the show throughout, with the use of adult humour and swearing. Despite there being no grand finale, the story ends with a reveal...
The costuming and staging aid in creating believable grit.
If you enjoy dark dramas, good acting and witty adult humour you’ll likely love this show.
Band of Gold is on at The Alexandra, Birmingham until 15 February.
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