EastEnders' actress Cheryl Fergison in Chesterfield-bound show
WHAT causes women of a certain age to suffer cold sweats, hot flushes, hormones to rage like tsunamis and mood swings?
No, it’s not watching David Beckham train- it’s the menopause.
But rather than complain about it, why not turn this change-of-life experience into a laugh-filled night at the theatre, complete with great songs, rewritten to capture the mood?
Three of Britain’s best-loved stars, Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley, EastEnders’s Cheryl Fergison and original girl power group legend Linda Nolan are now starring in Menopause The Musical which visits Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre on May 27.
Rebecca said: “Having a group of women in one hall all able to laugh at the changes women go through during menopause is a massively uplifting sensation.
“The menopause stage isn’t all bad. By the time they hit it women know so much more about themselves. They have a developed confidence, knowledge and a lovely, healthy cynicism about life.”
Cheryl said: “This show simply had to be made. It tells you it’s okay to talk about the subject and I’m glad because I’m going through the menopause myself at the moment.
She adds, grinning; “Suddenly, I think I’m sprouting a moustache. I could do Movember, (the movement which encourages men to grow moustaches.) I’ve never been one for creams, but I’m looking at them now and thinking ‘Is this going to make me firmer? Is this going to take my beard off?’”
Menopause The Musical, said Cheryl, features songs that connect with her state of mind. “There are songs about getting older, about your body shape changing.” She looks at her body and smiles: “Yes, it’s getting rounder.
Linda Nolan has toured with Menopause in Ireland. She said: “The timing is great for this show. Women just seemed to be desperate for a great night out and enjoy 23 songs such as I Will Survive, but re-written with comedy lyrics.
“And it doesn’t make light of the menopause, rather it shows you can tackle the likes of raging hot sweats with humour and honesty.