Not 2Gorgeous for the Royal Court


Lynne Fitzgerald at the Liverpool Theatre Festival. Pic: David Munn
Lynne Fitzgerald at the Liverpool Theatre Festival. Pic: David Munn

Mark Davies Markham's comedy 2Gorgeous4U – From Ladette To Laundrette - is to have a summer revival at Liverpool's Royal Court Studio.

The one-woman show, starring Lynne Fitzgerald as 10 different characters, and directed by James Baker (Cherry Jezebel, Masquerade, Jerry Springer The Opera), was a hit when it opened the second Liverpool Theatre Festival last September. It will appear at the Liverpool Royal Court Studio from June 2-4.

The comedy concerns beautician Clare, who in the Britpop 1990s was half of a pop duo - 2Gorgeous4U - with her best mate, Tina, from whom she split after a fall-out. Now they have been asked to reform for a music festival in their home town. Can they put the past behind them and move on?

The tale is set within a music soundtrack featuring Queen Latifah, Blur, Gabrielle, K-Klass and others.

Bootle-born writer Mark Davies Markham has been writing since receiving praise from his teacher in primary school.s. He won a young playwright competition for BBC Radio 4 in 1990 and has since written more than 20 plays for the BBC, including five series of Just A Girl; The Liberty of Norton Folgate with Madness; and Goose Breath, recorded on location in Liverpool. He has also written for EastEnders, This Life and Band Of Gold, and worked on Boy George's play, Taboo.

Mark said: “The play had a great reception at the Liverpool Theatre Festival last summer, so I’m really pleased it’s heading back to the stage – this time at the brilliant Royal Court, where I previously premiered my Ofsted play, Special Measures. There’s nothing quite like the reaction of a Liverpool crowd.”