Christ­mas chor­tles await

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Dawn French had plenty of ad­mir­ers - among them comic writer Ben El­ton.

El­ton wrote Silly Cow for French as Doris Wal­lis, a poi­son pen critic and colum­nist renowned for her evis­cer­at­ing put­downs and body sham­ing of per­form­ers and celebs.

Doris Wal­lis is about to make her self-serv­ing su­per-bitch me­dia hag de­but at The Globe this week.

‘‘Doris loves to make the lives of ac­tors hell and ruin the lives of per­form­ers,’’ co-di­rec­tor Damian Thorne said.

What Doris doesn’t know is that she has trashed one too many ca­reers, and the pay­back pot is qui­etly be­ing brought to the boil.

‘‘It’s the ul­ti­mate re­venge fan­tasy,’’ Thorne said.

So, who gets to play ‘Ms Vi­cious’? None other than com­mu­nity choir singing , ukulele pluck­ing, African drum thump­ing, vo­cal coach and mu­si­cal fa­cil­i­ta­tor, Jen­nifer Moss.

Those who know Moss would be quite sur­prised by her tran­si­tion to ‘‘the dark side’’.

‘‘Jen­nifer is play­ing com­pletely out of type. Doris is an Alexis Colby on steroids.’’

Filled with de­light­fully caus­tic El­ton one-lin­ers, this me­dia satire has been up­dated with mod­ern ref­er­ences, while a novel set de­sign will see it played in the round at the Globe.

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Jen­nifer Moss as the de­vi­ously un­prin­ci­palled Doris Wal­lis in Ben El­ton’s satire ‘‘Silly Cow’’.

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