A lit­tle risque´ drama on stage

Bay News - - Front Page - Rebecca Mauger

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.

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