Written by: Jenny Éclair
Reviewer: Paul Downham
Landing at The Lowry in their space shed the grumpy old women, namely Jenny Éclair, Kate Robbins and Susie Blake burst onto the stage complete with space helmets to a huge ovation from the audience, unsurprisingly made up predominantly of women, with just a few men dotted about, no doubt dragged kicking and screaming for a Sunday night out.
Team Grumpy waste no time in getting onto the subject of being grumpy in a lightening paced, tightly scripted tirade of all things that make woman kind grumpy! Rarely straying from the script no subject seemed to be off limits and all were acknowledged by the sympathising audience.
Subjects tackled include Zumba, a guide to nagging, how to get what you want from a man without him even noticing, grumpy grooming and pole dancing. Props scattered around the set were used to great effect including a huge pair of pants which all three women managed to fit into, a bicycle tyre and deckchairs.
The show consists of a number of monologues by each of the women interspersed with mini sketches highlighting the brilliance of Blake and Robbins especially. Many will remember Blake’s faultless performances on the Victoria Wood sketch shows, and this shines through during this production. Thankfully she didn’t refer to the famous sketch where she apologised to people living in the North! Robbins’ extensive experience in shows such as Spitting Image adds a variety of different voices to further the enjoyment of the sketches.
Most of the content during the evening is good clean fun; however there are a few risqué moments scattered throughout, mainly led by Éclair but nothing that pushes the boundaries of taste too far.
The second half sees the women return to the stage to the sound of the James Bond theme which preceded a debate into why there has never been a female Bond. The reasons as to why Daniel Craig should be replaced with a Jane Bond were actually plausible if you stop to think about them for a moment.
The highlight of the show comes in the second half where team Grumpy take part in a farfetched version of Strictly Come Dancing which had the audience in hysterics especially following Robbins’ over exuberant performance. Sadly on this occasion the marks given didn’t match the effort put into the dances.
At the end of the evening the audience erupted into huge applause with a virtually full standing ovation which was no more than the three extremely hard working women deserved. The women on stage maybe grumpy, but the show is far from that.
Reviewed on 12th April 2015