A FAST-PACED comedy inspired by Northerners is sure to impress when it comes to Oldham this month.

The hilarious two-woman comedy show "Strife In A Northern Town" features an array of funny characters in a nameless working class city and a corrupt local council.

The inventive characters, all played by just two female actors, include supermarket workers Donna and Tracey, star-crossed lovers Kay and Val and "frenemies" Pepsi and Lulu who work as receptionists at the town hall.

When things start to go wrong for all of them, their seemingly unconnected stories come together in a tale of sex, death, corruption, friendship, family and Latvian cigarettes.

The show made its debut in October last year at the Women in Comedy Festival in Manchester – where it was performed to packed houses and received critical and audience acclaim. It went on to be shortlisted in the Top 10 shows in the Best Show category of the 2107 Funny Women Awards – and the winner will be announced in March 2018.

“I originally wrote the script when I returned to my home town of Bradford a few years ago and I was angry with how the local government had let it slide so far into decline,” said actor, producer and writer of the show Jennifer Banks.

“So this was really my pop at them, but in a funny way. And when I started writing the show I did a few improvisations with an actor friend from Wigan, who was working in a supermarket there. She told me loads of hilarious stories about her colleagues and two of them made it into the script! In fact, she’s one of them! So that’s why it’s a nameless city – they’re characters you’d recognise from any town in the North,” added Jennifer, who stars in the show alongside Manchester based actor, Tracy Gabbitas.

Strife In A Northern Town is on Thursday, February 15, at 7.30pm at Jackson's Pit, off Barn Street, Oldham Town Centre, OL1 1HA.

Tickets costing £5/£4 concessions are available online at https://origintickets.co.uk/store/?event=938