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Blonde Bombshells of 1943

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Band leader Betty is in trouble. Her glamorous band has finally landed a big-time BBC performance on the wireless, but various illicit liaisons with the Yanks have depleted their ranks. Read more …

In double quick time, remaining bandmates recruit new talent! Enter a draft dodging drummer who is unafraid to don a frock, a nun who plays a mean ukulele, an innocent schoolgirl clarinetist and a rather snooty soldier saxophonist. Will Betty and her assorted crew give the performance of their lives?

Based on the BAFTA winning TV film starring Judi Dench, this show is guaranteed to raise your spirits with stunning, live vocal and musical performances of hits by Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, George Formby, Fats Waller and more, with all the glitz and sparkle of a gone but not forgotten era.

The critical consensus

A charming homage to wartime classics brilliantly performed by Pitlochry’s ensemble.

****(*)Mary-Ann Connolly, The Wee Review, 02/07/2019

Written as a prequel to Plater’s turn of the century TV film, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, this stage play is laced with a love for its era that goes beyond nostalgia. The show’s songs nevertheless conjure up a unifying sense of warmth that looks forward to brighter times, as girls keep swinging and singing, kick-starting a little musical revolution as they go.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 04/07/2019

Where and when?

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry from Thursday June 13, 2019, until Friday September 27, 2019. Plays in repertory. Check website for performance dates and times.. More info:

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