IT's a life of grime for Yeadon Theatre Company, which is putting on a "gritty, powerful" production of Bad Girls the Musical.

Based on the popular ITV prison drama, the show was first performed at Leeds Playhouse in 2006. Featuring core characters from the first three series, it's set in the fictional HMP Larkhall where idealistic new Wing Governor Helen Stewart battles with old guard of Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia Hollamby. The show also follows a love story developing between Helen and charismatic inmate Nikki Wade. Other characters include Shell Dockley and her runner Denny Blood, old-timer Noreen Biggs, the Two Julies and gang boss wife Yvonne Atkins.

Fenner is known among the women as a nasty piece of work who likes a cushy life and has always relied on an old boys network to help him out. He reluctantly accepts the appointment of a new Wing Governor, but it wouldn't take much for him to turn against her and recommend her swift removal from Larkhall.

When Fenner is implicated in a death on the wing, there's an angry protest from the women, forcing Helen and Nikki to their opposite sides of the bars. But when Helen stands to lose her job over Fenner’s misdeeds, the race is on for the women to nail him once and for all.

* Bad Girls the Musical runs at Yeadon Town Hall from March 12-16. Call 0333 6664466.