GIRLBAND, winner of the 2013 Sitcom Mission, tells the story of the obsessive fans of a long-forgotten 90’s pop trio, Girlband. JENNY and DEBRA are the last surviving members of the band’s fanclub: ‘Girlband, United, Now and Then’ (GUNT).
As the women celebrate their 900th meeting, they are surprised by the arrival of a new member. GUNT’s newest recruit, CERI, is relocating from Wales with boyfriend GARETH, anticipating a warm welcome and an opportunity to make a fresh start and take her unconventional relationship to the next level.
Meanwhile, JENNY’s mother, CAROL, is having relationship troubles of her own. She’s enlisted the help of DEBRA’s younger brother NEIL to help set up her online dating profile. NEIL is experienced with internet romance, as he dreams of running away with the online girlfriend he has never met, and escaping his overbearing older sister. This is devastating news to JENNY, who has been plucking up the courage to declare her feelings for NEIL for as long as she can remember.
With only Girlband in common, will JENNY, DEBRA and CERI’s shared obsession translate into the friendship the lonely women all yearn for? Will Girlband’s last surviving fanclub… survive?
Although fandom is the element that binds these central characters together, GIRLBAND is a story of arrested development, female friendship and the fight of the underdog to triumph over the harsh realities of life. How will the neurotic and eccentric DEBRA cope with her unanticipated housemates? After a shock ‘proposal’, will CERI and GARETH ever make it to the altar? Will NEIL take the opportunity presented by their arrival to finally leave the family home and start a life with his online love (who just happens to resemble JENNY very closely)? Will JENNY ever summon the confidence to speak her true feelings? Will CAROL run out of single, available men in Croydon and the surrounding area? And will the rumoured Girlband reunion ever happen? The series ends with emotional turmoil for many of the characters as NEIL prepares to leave town, and CERI catches GARETH in a compromising position.
‘Character comedy at its best’
– Fringe Review (GIRLBAND, Tristan Bates Theatre 2012)
35 year-old virgin who still lives at home with her mother. GIRLBAND super fan and founding member of fanclub GUNT (Girlband United, Now and Then). A romantic, she sees the world through rose-tinted spectacles. Softly-spoken mother to Gerald – pet goldfish. Misfit, fanatic, secretly in love with Debra’s brother, Neil.
32, self-professed celebrity in Mumbles, South Wales. Describes herself as ‘fiancee’ of Welsh trampolining sensation Gareth Thomas-Jones, but he is yet to ask. Her elbow once featured in an episode of ‘The Valleys’.
35, GUNT treasurer. Professional autograph hunter, Poundland employee, hypochondriac and conspiracy theorist. Sister to Neil, 33. Girlfriend to lifelong imaginary companion, Barry.
33, Debra’s long suffering brother who lives at home with her. Wrestling enthusiast and Jammy Dodger factory worker. In love with his online girlfriend who he’s never met.
52, single mother to Jenny. Man-eating biker chick who has dated (and dumped) half of Croydon. Recently separated from ‘Flat-Pack Dan’ as he was getting too clingy.
32, Orange-faced Welsh trampolining sensation (ranked number 3 in Wales). Love of Ceri’s life, with one foot firmly in the closet. Questionable relationship with his (male) trampolining coach.
52, Debra’s lifelong, imaginary companion.
GIRLBAND: In Development
GIRLBAND has been in development since 2012 and has gone through many stages… stage shows, sketches, writers nights, rehearsed readings, table reads, competitions and filming a pilot. Here’s a little flashback snippet of how the show has changed over the years….
In 1995, a girl-band exploded onto the scene that changed pop music forever. Meet the super fans behind 90’s pop sensation GIRLBAND. The band are set to reform after 15 years of being lost in the pop wilderness. Eagerly awaiting the band’s big reunion comeback tour are their number one fan club / last surviving fan club. They talk exclusively about their obsession with the band and how it all began.
GIRLBAND: THE STAGE SHOW
GIRLBAND started life as a stage show, that was first performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre as part of the 2012 Camden Fringe Festival.
‘GIRLBAND’ follows the story of the revival of a nineties pop trio. It’s been 15 years, and the girls haven’t seen one another since a final explosive bust-up put an end to their lucrative pop careers. With mounting bills to pay, addictions to feed and reputations to repair, it’s time for one last crack at fame. A topical comedy, paying homage to the current trend for band revivals, ‘GIRLBAND’ sees three performers playing not only the band members themselves, but also the brains behind the band, the super-fans eagerly anticipating the comeback tour, and other unfortunate characters caught in the wake of Girlband-mania. ‘Do Sh*t (Right Now)’ is GIRLBANDS poptastic hit single from 1997, from their debut album ‘3 become1’. The music video was made for the stage show…
’…character comedy at its best.’ ‘There is no doubt that this trio are all very talented’.
‘Those Three Girls’ quality echoes the best of British funny females’
‘GIRLBAND is funny, and consistently funny, and it is done so through the old staples of comedy – well-crafted one liners, character acting and recurring punchlines’.
A topical comedy, paying homage to the current trend for band revivals, ‘GIRLBAND’ sees three performers playing not only the band members themselves, but also the brains behind the band, the super-fans eagerly anticipating the comeback tour, and other unfortunate characters caught in the wake of Girlband-mania.