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Women on the Verge of HRT

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Eden Court / Bishops Road / Inverness / IV3 5SA / Scotland

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      02.05.2009 17:28
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      No one I was with would recommend this play, get a DVD instead!

      I recently saw this play and was bitterly disappointed in it. The stars were Louise Jamieson and Janet Dibley, both of whom I have watched and enjoyed on televison. The basic outline of the story was two women who had gone on a weekend away to see a Daniel O'Donnel concert (this did set of warning bells as I am definately not a fan)and was billed as an 'hilarious girls night out' and stated it akin to 'Women Behaving Badly'.

      There were some laughs in this play, more so in the first half, but in no way could it have been described as hilarious. The accents (Irish) were slightly dodgy but the acting was okay. There are only the two girls and one man on stage, I could not find out his name as I did not waste money on a programme and it does not seem to be listed anywhere.

      One of the female characters was single, her husband having run off with a much younger woman and the other was still married to her husband. The male character played a room service attendant who in the second half could then transform in to anyone they wanted to talk to about their issues and resentments.

      The play ended up being more about letting everyone know that once you were female and over forty, you were going to be in no way attractive to the opposite sex and if a man was with you he didn't really want to be. It felt as though it was written by someone who was full of bitterness and resentment towards men, particularly in the second half. In fact the play felt almost as though two seperate people had written each half, as it had a very disjointed feel to it as if they could not decide quite what it was supposed to be. I also felt sorry for a lot of the older women in the audience who had perhaps thought it had something to do with Daniel O'Donnel, which it didn't really, as there was quite a lot of strong language which I don't think they would have expected.

      I was with several other friends and nobody enjoyed the play, and you could hear everyone muttering on the way out that it had not been at all what they expected. I really enjoy live theatre, but would give this show a miss.


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