Wednesday 8th May and Friday 10th May 1985
Directed by Ingrid Corrigan
Vee, Bee, Dee and Jay are old friends. Now they try to keep in touch by arranging (or trying to arrange) a lunch from time to time. It doesn't always work out.
'Lunch Girls' deals with the lives of four middle-class British women who try to arrange a lunch date but find it difficult to pick a day that is suitable for all of them. It struck a chord with audiences around the world, with productions as far afield as Los Angeles, Tokyo, Jerusalem, and Bombay, as well as at the National Theatre and a UK tour starring Sylvia Syms.
'Lunch Girls' was a joint winner of the 1983 Verity Bargate award for new, unperformed, short plays, suitable for production in a small theatre. With this criteria, it seemed an ideal choice for a Bench Fringe production.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977. It was produced as part of 'Bench Fringe Theatre' - a free occasional performance of shorter or experimental works introduced by Bench Theatre at this time to follow their regular staged productions. On 2 evenings, it followed the performance of 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist'.