The Miracle Club (12A) at Ledbury Market Theatre
The tantalising dream for the women of Ballygar to taste freedom and escape the gauntlet of domestic life is to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes.
1967, in tough Ballygar, on the outskirts of Dublin, friends Eileen (Kathy Bates), Lily (Maggie Smith) and younger Dolly all have their reasons for wanting a place on the church pilgrimage to Lourdes – even if it means taking part in a talent competition. Healing may be part of it, but the trip represents much more. When Chrissie (Laura Linney) returns to the town after living in the US for decades and insists on joining them, old frictions come to the surface and new adventures beckon in this joyous, uplifting, and hilarious drama.