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Stortford audience to get preview of Edinburgh Festival sketch show


By Michael Vaughton


3 Menopausal Maids, from left, Lynda Shelverton, Sue Last, Lesley-Anne Webb, Carol Parradine
3 Menopausal Maids, from left, Lynda Shelverton, Sue Last, Lesley-Anne Webb, Carol Parradine

Four Bishops Stortford women are taking their comedy sketch show to the worlds biggest arts festival.

A street performer balances on a tightrope, held up by volunteers picked from the crowd on the Royal Mile, on the first weekend of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A street performer balances on a tightrope, held up by volunteers picked from the crowd on the Royal Mile, on the first weekend of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The quartet, Fridge Door Productions, will be making their debut at next months Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the combined age of 231.

And Sue Last, 57, Carol Parradine, 57, Lesley-Anne Webb, 52, and Lynda Shelverton, 65, will be previewing their show, Three Menopausal Maids, in Bishops Stortford this Saturday.

The women wrote and devised the show after staging a charity performance at Carols workplace in London last year raised 600 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sue, a former professional actor who lives in Meadowlands in Stortford, said: The audience reaction was so overwhelming we made the bold decision to expose ourselves in Edinburgh.

Fireworks over the Edinburgh skyline, as seen from Calton Hill.
Fireworks over the Edinburgh skyline, as seen from Calton Hill.

The sketches will take the audience on a journey from Bognor to Bavaria via Bradford for a spot of lunch, bingo and aprs ski.

The promotional literature for the show says: Flushed with success, the Three Menopausal Maids are hot and guaranteed to tickle your TENA, ladies.

Ever wondered what really happened in the after of happily ever? Whats the big draw at the bingo is it really the prize money? Getting too old for your job? How far would you go to hang on to it?

The Three Menopausal Maids turn everyday situations into farcical events as they knit and purl their way through their pattern of humour.

As festival virgins, they are hoping to get a few hearts racing during their time in Scotland before returning southwards thoroughly deflowered.

Sue set up Fridge Door Productions in 2003 to enable her to continue working as an actress, director and producer while being a full-time mum, as well as creating opportunities for actors and technicians in similar situations.

Saturdays preview show in Stortford will feature about a dozen sketches, four of which constitute the version they will be performing in Edinburgh.

* Three Menopausal Maids will be performed at the Water Lane United Reformed Church hall in Stortford on Saturday (July 14). Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost 12 and are available on the door or by emailing fridgedoorproductions@gmail.com. There will be a cash bar.



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