Hormonal Housewives

Join the Hormonal Housewives as they blast their witty way through a catalogue of women’s bits: weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, moody teenagers, men, zumba, therapy, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, bikini waxes, celebrity gossip, eating, not eating, chocolate, wine, more chocolate, social media, more wine, and all the other joys of being a 21st century woman!

No subject is taboo for these girls and no thought is too private as the challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights. And that’s not all – audiences will be treated to some of the very best bits from the previous tour of this smash-hit show.

A seriously funny evening – what these women can’t teach you about modern womanhood isn’t worth knowing…

A chat with Julie Coombe, Josephine Partridge and Suzanne Shaw…

Julie Coombe

What inspired you and John to write ‘Hormonal Housewives’?

JC: I was inspired more than a little by West End theatre producer Michael Harrison (Annie, Bodyguard, Fiddler on the Roof) who said ‘you have to write a show’ and when I said what about he said ‘anything as long as it’s funny’ and I said well my life’s funny and he said ‘well do that then’! Hormonal Housewives is about so many situations John (MacIsaac) and I have found ourselves in over the years such as our kids growing up and the different worlds they seem to inhabit on a daily basis where you practically have to learn a new language to communicate with them! I had done Vagina Monologues and I wanted to do something about people being thrown into situations that they might not be comfortable in, roles they play, and about women being each other’s therapists.

Tell us about your character

JC: My character is like me in that she’s happily married and incredibly comfortable in that relationship which allows her to poke fun at it as well. The character is a sort of heightened version of me.

Who’s your audience?

JC: Primarily women; I want them to feel they’ve all come round to Josephine’s house for a night in with a bottle of wine and some good chat. I want people to be howling with recognition and seeing themselves up on the stage – we want people to be sitting in the audience saying ooh that’s me up there! I’d like to think men will come along to see the show as well – probably with female friends – and find out what it is we all talk about!

Do you have a favourite scene?

JC: I’d defy anyone not to love the gym scene! It’s wild and abandoned and daft. Good old fashioned slapstick and me in a fabulous pink velour track suit.

What are the key issues addressed in the show?

JC: Body issues is one: my character is always talking about losing half a stone while the other two talk about losing weight even though they don’t need to – and we all know someone like that!

Another issue is about women dressing for other women rather than men – men don’t seem to notice what you’re wearing.

And dating – Josephine’s character is looking for love – or rather the other two are trying to push her back onto the dating scene after her divorce. Whatever age you are it’s difficult looking for love; that basic human instinct never changes. We have fun onstage trying to work out how to use dating apps – it’s a minefield!

Tell us FIVE things you couldn’t live without on the road:

  • JC: 1. My SatNav. I’m a complete cliche; a woman with no sense of direction.
  • 2. My portable hub for wifi so that my SatNav doesn’t eat up my data.
  • 3. Sweet & salty rye cakes – the culinary discovery of the spring tour.
  • 4. Josephine Partridge.
  • 5. Suzanne Shaw.

Josephine Partridge

What appealed to you about the script of ‘Hormonal Housewives’?

JP: It’s funny, it’s relatable and doesn’t take itself too seriously. As an actress I loved performing in the tour earlier this year and I’m really looking forward to going back on the road in October. As an audience member it’s definitely going to be a really great night of entertaining fun!

Tell us about your character

JP: My character is fab, I love her! She’s going through a divorce so she really benefits from having fun with her girlfriends which Julie and Suzanne’s characters definitely provide. My onstage character and I have some similar characteristics and tastes – mostly about working out…and actor Tom Hardy!

Who’s your audience?

JP: We’ve had lots of girls-night-out groups attending the shows, just wanting to have a really entertaining night out. They love relating to the things we talk about onstage and we’ve met loads of audience members afterwards who have shared some fabulous personal stories with us. I’d say our audiences are mostly women of all ages but men are totally welcome too – they might find out what we get up and what we talk about when we get together – and it’s not always about them!

What are the key issues addressed in the show?

JP: There are lots of issues raised in the show: the power of friendship, the stereotypical differences between men and women, the struggles women face including PMS, waxing, keeping the body beautiful, bodily functions, hormones at all ages and the things we women deal with at all stages of our lives. The show is like opening a door on all the secret things in life that we generally spend so much time worrying about and laughing at them instead.

What do you take on tour that you couldn’t live without:

JP: Phew that’s a tricky one! Probably my gym kit – for me a daily workout helps blow away the cobwebs and sets me up for the day.

Suzanne Shaw

What appealed to you about the script of ‘Hormonal Housewives’ when you first read it?

SS: It’s incredibly funny and I absolutely love the slapstick elements. This really is my kind of comedy! I also like the fact that it touches on real life scenarios and the audiences will no doubt wince at the parts they relate to and have a good laugh while they’re at it!

Is your character anything like you?

SS: Yes! And I will be injecting some of my very own stories and anecdotes into the script. Also, a little like me, my character goes love having a glass of prosecco in her hand!

What are you most looking forward to about going on the road with Julie and Josephine?

SS: I can’t wait to start working with Julie and Josephine – as soon as I met them I immediately knew we’d have an absolute blast on the road.

Do you have a favourite scene or moment in the show?

SS: It’s hard to say right now and I’ve always found you’ll like a certain scene one day and then another the next. To be honest, the whole show is brilliant so I love every part of it.

What was the last show you toured and how different was it from this one?

SS: The last show wasn’t too dissimilar from this one actually, although we’re not singing in HH. It was Shout! The Mod Musical which is about five girls going through life in the 1960s and 70s telling their stories through the music of that era – think Lulu, Petula, Sandie, Dusty, Cilla – it was great fun and I loved doing it.

And tell us five things you couldn’t live without on the road – ie what’s in your bag that you daren’t leave behind!

SS: Make-up and hair products, a hell of a lot of clothes and a bottle of prosecco! Oh no – I really am my character!