Office cleaning trio dish dirt
They’re known as ‘‘the Jurassic Park crew’’. Elsie, Gladys and Olive are three cleaners who’ve been keeping things spic and span in an office block for 50 years.
However, Dave their lean, mean boss wants them gone. Despite their century or so of combined service, the ageing trio no longer fit the company’s image, and are possibly hindering Dave’s chances of promotion.
Mind you, smarmy Dave, played by Mike Price in a welcome back to the stage, may have a point. The ladies don’t seem to do much cleaning; even less after their alter egos kick in. As Telephone Belles ‘‘Marilyn’’, ‘‘Madonna’’ and ‘‘Kylie’’ the only cleaning the elderly scrubbers seem to do is of their customers’ credit cards.
Threatened with redundancy, the ‘‘old boilers’’ played by Valerie Ottaway, Joan Ford and Belinda Howard hit upon a cash-raising scheme operating a sex chat line using the office telephones.
Cue a string of typically English nudge-nudge wink-wink one-liners and double entendres in a highly unlikely scenario that makes use of
MeriWilson’s 1977 one-hit-wonder Telephone Man as amusical motif.
On a simple office set it’s all good for a laugh, with the characterisations adding to the mischief. Joan makes a particularly effective old bat as an Ena Sharples inspired beret-wearing Gladys. (Ena Sharples? Long time fans of Coro St will get it.)
Something for the gals to watch though is projection, especially in the first act, when even in the relatively small Little Theatre confines the rapid-fire repartee could be difficult to catch.
But if you’re in the mood for some light risque mirth Dirty Dusting is just the thing.
Mike Price (Dave) and his team of wrinkled ‘‘rubber glovelies’’ Valerie Ottaway (Elsie) Belinda Howard (Olive) and Joan Ford (Gladys).