BAD GIRLS THE MUSICAL Director Sarah Hill Musical Dirctor Ben Golding
Tuesday 7th April to Saturday 11th April 2020
Green Room




Tensions are running high in H.M. Prison Larkhall. Old school prison officer, Jim Fenner, reigns over his corrupt domain, assisted by his willing supporter and fellow officer, Sylvia “Bodybag” Hollamby. He asserts his control over the female prisoners, encouraging sexual favors in return for preferential treatment. In the prison, we meet the ultimate top-dog inmate Yvonne Atkins, old-timer Noreen Biggs, the comical Two Julie’s, and ruthless Shell Dockley, who manipulates fellow inmate Denny Blood to do her dirty work.

However, Jim Fenner’s rule is interrupted by the appointment of the new Wing Governor, the idealistic Helen Stewart. She contests Jim’s way of running things and the pair quickly butt heads. Helen’s situation is further complicated when she finds herself in a complicated relationship with charismatic prisoner, Nikki Wade. However, chaos comes to the prison wing when Jim Fenner is implicated in the suicide of new prisoner, Rachel Hicks. As the inmates protest and make their voices heard, Helen Stewart’s job and reputation are on the line. Rising up, inmates and staff decide that it is time for Jim Fenner to face up to his misdemeanors and be exposed as a corrupt officer once and for all.
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Grade: Governing Governor Playing Age 50+ The Number One likes a quiet life and has always felt that the “old boys network” is the best way of sorting things out to his satisfaction. The appointment of Helen Stewart as Wing Governor has been imposed upon him and grudgingly accepted. But it wouldn’t take much briefing against her for him to recommend her swift removal from Larkhall.

HELEN STEWART Grade: Wing Governor Playing Age 23+ As a graduate ‘fast-tracker’, Helen is held in contempt by old hands such as Fenner and Hollamby who both firmly believe that there is no substitute for experience and “jailcraft”. She’s idealistic and genuinely concerned about the welfare of the inmates in her care, but good intentions aren’t always enough to win the battle. She soon realises the old guard doesn’t play fair and if she’s going to beat them she’ll need friends in low places...

SYLVIA “BODYBAG” HOLLAMBY Grade: Senior Officer Playing Age 35+ As far as Sylvia is concerned “happiness is door-shaped” and it would make her life a hell of a lot easier if prisoners were just kept locked in their cells 24/7. She admires Jim Fenner immensely, and shares his conviction that the Wing Governor job should have gone to him instead of to Helen Stewart. She is, however, blind to the full extent of Jim’s misdemeanours with the prisoners, and would be genuinely shocked if she knew.

JIM FENNER Grade: Principal Officer Playing Age Anywhere between 35 and 55 Jim’s a man who likes to run things in prison his own way, rather than by the book, and he’ll use whatever means necessary. He can easily justify his “pastoral” role with prisoners; the women have come on strong to him, he’s got what they need and he’s happy to give it to them. So where’s the harm? His unholy alliance with Shell Dockley keeps him in the picture about what’s happening on the wing as well as providing some “on the job” recreation. Jim has had aspirations for many years to be Wing Governor and his frustration regarding Helen’s fast track appointment is obvious in his contempt for her.

JUSTIN MATTISON Grade: Officer Playing Age 20+ Justin is a new junior officer, a fresh young puppy dog who really does want to do good, and thinks that Helen is absolutely perfect, not only as Wing Governor, but maybe even something more . . . Bursting with integrity and rather shy, Justin is easily teased by the older women prisoners in particular. But as he firmly tells Yvonne, “if you want to screw a screw, you’ve picked the wrong one”. Other Prison Officers (as required). Stage Crew could be used.

THE PRISONERS A note on playing ages for the prisoners, I don’t feel the need to attach a certain age to most of the characters, it will be much more to do with telling the right story, how far is each character into their sentence for instance, the right balance between all the inmates. Obviously as the two Julies have children they need to be old enough, however they may have become mothers in their teens. Denny needs to be fairly young looking as she has been sentenced due to burning her children’s home down. Noreen is the old lag, so would also need to be much older than most of the cast. Rachel is a first time mum and prisoner, often played as an 18 year old but so long as she has the right vulnerability and naiveite she could be early 20,s. For the other parts please don’t let age be a barrier to auditioning.

NIKKI WADE Sentence: Life – for killing a policeman who was attempting to rape her girlfriend. Most of the inmates on G-Wing look up to Nikki. Before her conviction Nikki used to run a nightclub with her girlfriend. She’s intelligent and street-wise with a strong sense of natural justice because of the injustice she herself has suffered. She’s no one’s fool and she easily sees through the likes of corrupt officer Jim Fenner. But she doesn’t always help her own case by being too quick to fly off the handle.

DENNY BLOOD Sentence: 7 years – for arson – she burned down her children’s home. Despite her tough exterior, Denny’s upbringing has left her desperate for love and attention, making her very easy to manipulate – and that’s something Shell Dockley is expert at doing. Denny is Shell’s “fixer” and not being the sharpest knife in the drawer she’s always willing to do Shell’s bidding without question. One day, however, she’s going to have to find a voice of her own…

SHELL DOCKLEY Sentence: Life – for the kidnap, torture and eventual murder of the woman who ‘stole’ her boyfriend. Before sentencing Shell to life, the judge presiding over her trial described her as “evil personified”, a tag she never has a problem living up to. Whether it’s taxing another inmate for her drugs stash or the intimidation of a weaker prisoner, Shell displays an equal amount of cunning and ruthlessness to get her own way. She considers herself Jim Fenner’s right-hand woman and trades on the special privileges she gets for “services rendered”.

YVONNE ATKINS Sentence: 4 years – for conspiracy to commit murder – she hired a hitman to bump off a business rival of her husband, Charlie. Yvonne’s as tough as nails; a working-class girl made rich through gangland boss Charlie’s criminal gains. She’s intimidating, ruthless and glamorous. When she arrives at Larkhall she makes a huge impression on the other women and wastes no time in taking over the Top Dog position from Shell Dockley. She’s also warm and generous and a force for good against G-Wing’s bullies – officers and inmates alike.

NOREEN BIGGS Playing Age 60+ Sentence: 3 months – for shoplifting ties from a department store. Recidivist old-timer Noreen regularly gets itchy fingers in the shops and can’t resist the thrill of picking up a few treats. As time’s gone on she’s more at home in prison than anywhere else and she’s been round the system so many times she knows exactly how to play it to her advantage. Noreen loves a “bit of bother” and is always ready to stoke a fight from the sidelines.

CRYSTAL GORDON Sentence: 12 months – for persistent shoplifting As a bible-bashing Christian, Crystal often takes a critical view of her fellow inmates and believes that the prison regime is too soft – especially where drugs are concerned. She can be self-righteous and totally blind to her own self-contradictions and often comical as a result. But at heart she’s a kind and caring person who does believe in standing up for what’s right.

RACHEL HICKS Playing Age 18-25 Sentence: 30 months – for possession (2 ecstasy tablets) with intent to supply. When Rachel arrives at Larkhall as a first time offender she’s scared and isolated and distraught about the fact that her baby has been taken into care. She’s got “victim” written all over her and is easy prey for prison bully Shell Dockley. She naively trusts Jim Fenner to look after her, but soon discovers that his “special attention” isn’t quite the sort of protection she had imagined.

THE TWO JULIES Sentence: 2 years – for theft. Julie Saunders and partner-in-crime Julie Johnston stole money from clients while working as hotel prostitutes. The Julies have taken the same name and styled themselves as a sisterly double act. They’ll always be there for each other and that’s their lifeline for surviving prison. Both are mums, and it was trying to make ends meet for their children that drove them into prostitution in the first place. Julie S has a son, David, whose private education is paid for with the proceeds from her life of crime. They’ve got hearts of gold and will always help a friend in need. Other Prisoners - A wide variety of ages required. This is a great opportunity to really bring out your character acting in the chorus, the chorus ad lib a lot, and also have lines within the show.

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