August 2, 2008

Teen Spirit Versus the Nuns in Farce

Once a Catholic, always a Catholic, or so the saying goes.

But Mary O'Malley's hilarious comedy of life in a 1950s London convent puts that claim on the line.

The play, the latest offering from TOADS, follows the exploits of Class 5a at the Convent of Our Lady of Fatima Grammar School during their O'Levels.

The girls, including innocent Mary Mooney, saucy Mary McGinty and pert Mary Gallagher, encounter nuns, boys and Father Mullarkey and cope with confused sermons about limbo, unforgiving sex education lessons and the temptations of Elvis Presley.

Bombarded by saints, sin and suffering, the girls battle their way through adolescence with a stubborn resolve not to give in.

But can they make it through the year with their regulation underwear and their sanity intact?

TOADS are combining the skills and experience of their older members with the burgeoning talents of the Tadpoles.

A most telling and funny piece of theatre, Once a Catholic casts a caustic eye on the young girls' growing awareness of the world and their own sexuality.

In an environment where only hell and damnation await sinful thoughts, it's teen spirit versus the nuns.

Once A Catholic plays At the Little Theatre in St Marks Road, Torquay, for a short run from August 6 to 9 at 7.30pm. Box office 01803 299330.

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