The Three Menopausal Maids are back with their new comedy sketch show for 2019 after the 2018 sell-out success and it’s getting hot, hot, hotter! Fly away with Princess and the Pee Airlines, will Satsoomarooma make the comeback they are hoping for? Is Stacey’s Styles full of hot gossip? Are you ‘too old for it’? And what will the delightful ladies be discussing over afternoon tea? Sue Last from the show spoke with The Fountain about what to precisely expect from this show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes we’re really looking forward to coming back, for two weeks this year. 2018 was our first time at the Fringe and we really didn’t know what to expect. We had heard how hard it can be to get audiences into shows so we were ready to play to empty houses, we came to Edinburgh to enjoy the experience however it turned out. So it was a complete surprise and delight to find we had a sell-out show almost every night.
TF: Three Menopausal Maids certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
We are three ladies going through the menopause whose acting careers have all led to this point down 3 very different avenues. Sue trained as an actress and worked professionally for over 10 years whilst in her 20/30’s and then took a break to raise her family. Lesley-Anne trained and took up acting in her 30’s and has worked consistently since then. Carol married when she was 18 channelled her energies into amateur dramatics before turning professional and joining the Three Menopausal Maids. We have all reached a time in our lives where we find we have the freedom to pursue our acting careers, and we are enjoying every minute of it. Yes, it can be tough and the work hard but we face every challenge head on and have achieved so much more than we thought would be possible when we first embarked on our adventure. The premise of the Three Menopausal Maids is less about menopausal issues and more about showing audiences that it is never too late to follow your dreams.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
We have all enjoyed watching comedy throughout our lives, from Morecambe and Wise to Victoria Wood, French & Saunders to Fleabag. All of the comedy and comedians we love have influenced our writing and we wanted to prove that ladies of a certain age can be funny. We also wanted to put a show together that an audience could sit back and just enjoy. There are so many shows at the fringe and it can be exhausting as a festival goer so we hope we’ve created a show that is a bit of light relief in the midst of all the chaos.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Keep your show as simple as possible, using as little set and props as you can get away with. Make sure you time your show before you arrive in Edinburgh and allow a bit of extra time for audience reactions. The get ins/outs are very quick so every second counts. But most of all enjoy the experience – it is incredible to be a part of this wonderful festival.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
We were all at the Fringe last year and saw lots of fabulous shows. This year:
Sue: I am keen to see a lot of the comedians and comedy shows. I have already booked to see Paul Merton. I was in a BBC2 programme called Race Across the World earlier this year and Paul Merton was one of the knights in shining armour that helped us on our journey so I think I owe him a drink!
Carol: I am hoping to get to The Laughing Horse to see some free fringe and am hoping that Tamara Broadbent is on again this year because she was a highlight for me last year. I also love Shakespeare for Breakfast and will definitely be going along to that.
Lesley-Anne: I would like to see other comedy and comedy sketch shows, as well as hoping to see some of the more well-known comedians up at the Fringe. I also want to try and catch some one woman shows as I am writing a Florence Nightingale piece for performance.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Three Menopausal Maids?
We will continue to write new material for the Three Menopausal Maids, they are an ongoing project, and hope to do a mini tour at the end of 2019/2020. We are also in the early planning stages of a ‘mockumentary’ based on some of our sketch characters.
You can see Three Menopausal Maids in theSpace @ Surgeons Hall until August 24th. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/