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Come To Me (I Am Woman)

HOT FLUSH! Menopause: The Musical®, The Shaw Theatre, London, to August

Taking advantage of a quiet TV spot (and the fact that Steve has taken up residence in B&Q), here’s something about theatre. It happens on a stage.

In between appearances on Loose Women and This Morning, and getting “disturbed, distressed and upset” about the disappearance of independent shops in Islington, our old friend and star de lowculture, Su Pollard is treading the boards in Menopause: The Musical®, in the lead role of ‘Rutland Housewife’.

About the show: “Four women at a Bloomingdale's [M&S for the Brits] lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex, and more. A joyful parody of 25 re-lyricized classic baby boomer hits, the 90-minute show features such chart-toppers as "I Heard It Thru the Grapevine; You No Longer See 39" and the disco favorite "Stayin' Awake! Stayin' Awake!"

But what do the critics say? It made Mamma Mia! look like Chekhov,” said Suzi Faey of the Independent. “I have sat through uncut Hamlets that dragged less than the first 45 minutes of this amateurish spectacle.

Su, however, saves the entire production, as Suzi continues: “Then something magical happened, at about the time Su Pollard sang a song about "My Thighs" to the tune of "My Guy". The last half is as joyous and camp as you could wish, and ends with the audience joining the cast on stage in a mass knees-up. As foghorn-voiced Pollard headed up the aisle towards me, I felt a waterworks problem coming on, and legged it.”

Su’s still a star! Surely it’s time for a revival of A Song, A Frock & A Tinkle?

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