Review: The Candy Girls, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

The Candy Girls'Staff in the canteen at Chesterfield's old Trebor sweet factory
The Candy Girls'Staff in the canteen at Chesterfield's old Trebor sweet factory
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Pranks, feuds, rivalries and romance were brought to life in a captivating but down-to-earth play about real life on the factory floor.

Recollections of former workers at Chesterfield’s Trebor sweet plant have been turned into a stage show - The Candy Girls - written by the Pomegranate Playwrights and performed by Pomegranate Youth Theatre.

Much of the action focused on the groups of women employed at the old factory, pictured above right, the interaction between them and male colleagues, and also with the management.

Action took place in the factory, at breaktimes and during work nights out on the town.

There was a humorous sketch paying homage to the factory’s products, too - with cast members, below right, dressed as the different sweets made there.

A projector screen played clips of interviews from workers on whose lives the play is based.

The show is part of a National Lottery-funded scheme to chronicle the history of the Trebor factory, for decades a fixture on Chesterfield’s landscape.

The site has gone, with buildings flattened to make way for the planned new Waterside development north of the town centre, but the memories remain.