A little risque´ drama on stage
IT’S risque´, but it’s not rude.
And that’s the makings of a clever play, says Dirty Dusting’s director Denis Smith.
Dirty Dusting is 16thAve Theatre’s latest production, coming to the stage from June 15-30.
“It’s well written . . . it is risque´ but not rude. Anybody can go along and watch it and not be offended,” he says.
The trick to doing this is a lot of innuendo, Denis says.
The play is written by English playwrights Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood (2004) and has become an international production favourite.
It tells the story of three cleaners, Olive, Gladys and Elsie, who are threatened with redundancy and feel they are at the end of their lives having never earned much money. Their plight is not helped by amean, ageist boss who continually taunts them about replacing them. Achance wrong number gives them a new business start-up idea— a telephone sex line. After all, they do have a lifetime of experience.
Denis says the three characters are hilarious together, with some real British humour.
“Olive is the glue between the three of them. She was a guide for years so she’s putting herself out there as prim and proper, refined and organised.
“Gladys is shy and comes out of her shell in a hilarious way.
“Elsie is forever bringing up death and she gets on theirwick. She is the person who is not thinking she wants to be involved but becomes the total extrovert.
“We try to get much as much of the script aswe can, we try to use all the innuendoswe can without causing offence and the cast do an excellent job.
“There’s no bad language, it’s all verywellwritten and it really makes you laugh. It is very clever in that regard.”
The small cast is made up of Geraldine Broderick (Olive), Christine Geddons (Elsie), Maggie Grigsby (Gladys) and Mark Knox (Dave).
Plenty of hoots when three cleaners turn sexphone workers.