Reviewed by Melanie Allen
Vicki Michelle, Julie Coombe and Josephine Partridge discuss a catalogue of highly entertaining and relevant but sometimes rauchy topics facing womanhood today from pelvic floors to cleaning the floors. No area was taboo for this no holds barred show and being a woman in my forties, this show appealed to me on so many levels.
Vicki Michelle (famous from playing Yvette in ‘Allo ‘Allo and more recently for going on I’m a Celebrity) was looking amazing for her age, and was joined on stage by a muscle ripped Josephine Partridge and an hilarious Julie Coombe who also co-wrote it. Together they entertained the predominately female only audience (give or take 2 fellas) for 2 hours and covered many problems facing the modern woman in the 21st century.
The first half of the show, the scene was set in the front room of Jo, a recently divorced mum of two who was waiting for her babysitter to arrive and had invited her friends’ round whilst she got ready. I found this half of the show a much slower pace than the last half, as though they were warming up the audience gradually. The characters, in pink velour tracksuits were very identifiable with as everyone could laugh at themselves, with their friends and at the expense of men.
I don’t want to spoil the jokes mentioned, but I could totally relate to the ‘how many men does it take to change a toilet roll’ and ‘if God was a woman’ what would happen. They brazenly discuss women’s bits, weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, moody teenagers, men, Zumba, therapy, housework, homework, electrolysis, sex, working out, staying in, going out, bikini waxes, celebrity gossip, eating, not eating, chocolate, wine and men’s anatomy. My favourite scene was when they played teenagers on their phones and how awful it is to be a teenager today with the invention of social media. As a parent of 2 of teenagers, it was so realistic and funny. The women in the old people’s home was very amusing too.
Julie Coombe was outstanding in her role as an overweight and menopausal has been, but trying to fit in with her friends’ interests. She made the show despite being an underdog in the lineup. I think her character was much more relatable than the other two.
All in all, it was a great night out and a feel-good show, however I did think in places the jokes were a bit stale and overacted, but if you get the chance to see this, you can judge this for yourselves.
Hormonal Housewives is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit www.hormonalhousewives.com.
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St. Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1LQ