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Kath Dryden who plays Yvonne Atkins in bad Girls the Musical
Kath Dryden who plays Yvonne Atkins in bad Girls the Musical
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A Northumbrian theatre is set to bring a much-loved TV show back to life on stage.

Blyth’s Phoenix Theatre will be hosting a production of Bad Girls: The Musical for a four-day run starting on Wednesday, March 9.

The show, being performed by Blyth Music and Theatre Company, was written by Maureen Chadwick, Ann McManus and Kath Gotts in 2006, the year the ITV drama it is based on was taken off the air after eight series beginning in 1999. It is based on characters and stories from the award-winning television drama set in the fictional Larkland Prison in London.

The cast of the Phoenix Theatre production includes Kath Dryden, of Blyth.

For over 30 years, Dryden was a member of the support staff at Northumbria Police’s headquarters in Ponteland, so she will be able to apply her knowledge of the criminal justice system in a different context.

She plays Yvonne Atkins, a gangster’s moll out to become top dog among inmates at the jail.

Dryden said: “I imagine I will get teased by former colleagues in the police service, but it’s certainly an experience to be inside a prison and to be part of a hard-hitting storyline, but one rich in humour.

“All of the cast are loving being in this very different musical show.

“I love acting and singing, and this is a show that gives all of us scope to do both.”

Shaunagh Kelly, of Whitley Bay, plays fellow inmate Crystal Gordon.

She said: “This is the most challenging role I have played, it’s so different and emotional, but a great fun show to be in.

“There is a lot of comedy among the drama and many twists and turns which the audience will love.

“While Crystal is in prison, at heart she is still a good girl, so my mam will be pleased.”

Performances take place at 7.15pm each night. Tickets are £12.50. For details, go to www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk