Project Description

Set in a local ‘Stand ‘n’ Tan’ single mam Joanne is preparing for her imminent wedding- with a little help from her baby sister Sarah and chief bridesmaid and bestmate, lesbian nurse Sandra.

Set in a local ‘Stand ‘n’ Tan’ single mam Joanne is preparing for her imminent wedding- with a little help from her baby sister Sarah and chief bridesmaid and bestmate, lesbian nurse Sandra. But like most weddings, things aren’t running smoothly… The girl’s good friend Mary is in hospital with cancer and all seems lost when Joanne’s dressmaker loses the tips of her fingers serving 4oz of Brie at the cheese counter in Fenwick’s. Thankfully, Maryam, a woman-seeking asylum from Iran, saves the day by agreeing to take over the pearl trim. But Joanne’s mam, Theresa, is far from pleased… Amidst the hilarity of duty free tabs and an improtu false tan session, Stand ‘n’ Tan explores prejudice and fear and what happens to people when they’re faced with the loss of life, love, youth, land, liberty, a gold ring and a neighbour’s dog…

180 women and young women directly informed the creation of Stand ‘N’ Tan. Issues addressed included the problems faced by women seeking asylum, homophobia and bereavement.

With a feel-good soundtrack and plenty of gags, Stand ‘n’ Tan is light relief from heavy headlines, yet its serious undertones echo wider issues without making you feel guilty for letting your hair down.

The Journal

Brilliant performance. You do our gender proud!