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9 to 5: The Musical at Tyne Theatre

I’m a huge fan of Dolly Parton (as all reasonable people are) so I knew 9 to 5 The Musical was going to be right up my street, especially when I saw the plot was all about a group of women who, after enduring their sexist egotistical boss for too long, decide to do things their own way – even if that involves a little bit of kidnapping.

From the beginning, it promised fun, friendship and female empowerment which are, in my opinion, three of the top things a show can have. It was unabashedly silly. The plot stretched reality as far as it could go, the twists were lit up with neon signs, and there was even a full-on cowgirl dance number, but the production was just so enjoyable that it all felt perfectly in place, and our three main women glued the silliness together with their endlessly enjoyable friendly chemistry. Luisa Gibson’s Doralee (no relation to a similarly named blonde-haired southern belle) was utterly loveable, Rebecca Graham’s Violet was the perfect witty yet compassionate matriarch, but for me it was Stephanie Peacock who stole the show as Judy, with an incredible voice and a sincere character arc that meant you couldn’t help but root for her. Together, they showed everyone just what angry women can achieve.

Tyne Theatre Productions did a great job of bringing the fun and fabulousness of 9 to 5 The Musical to life, taking us along on the wacky ride with confidence and verve. It was silly, but with a lot of heart and a good kick of girl power!

Lily Tibbitts

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