NEWS: Scottish dates for ‘HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES’ starring Vicki Michelle and Julie Coombe
HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES the comedy sketch show starring VICKI MICHELLE with JOSEPHINE PARTRIDGE and JULIE COOMBE will be touring to Scotland on these dates:
April 20th/21st Kilmarnock Palace Theatre
May 4th Arbroath Webster Theatre
May 5th Dunfermline, Alhambra Theatre
May 19th Edinburgh Festival Theatre
May 31st Dundee Caird Hall
June 2nd Glasgow Theatre Royal
Hormonal Housewives is a witty, topical, rude and extremely funny three hander starring Vicki Michelle (‘Allo ‘Allo, Emmerdale) with Josephine Partridge (Top Girls) and Scottish co-writer Julie Coombe, this no-holds-barred show blasts its way through a catalogue of women’s bits: weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, celebrity gossip, a lot of chocolate…and you get the idea.
For these ‘Hormonal Housewives’ no subject is taboo and no thought too private as the challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights by this vivacious cast.
Co-writer and performer Julie Coombe says “I come from a big, working class Glasgow family dominated by strong, wonderful women. They’re also loud, crazy and fun! I grew up in Kilwinning in Ayrshire, close to Kilmarnock and Glasgow and was raised by my mum and granny. We weren’t well off materially but the house was always full of laughter. If struggle and hardship bring people together I believe it’s laughter that makes it bearable and gets you through – laughter definitely got my gang through. There is a saying “if you didnae laugh you’d greet”! It’s true and really, who wouldn’t want to laugh till the tears roll down your face in the company of good pals. I’ve always been drawn to comedy Scotland’s tremendous comedy heritage is hugely inspiring. I’m really looking forward to performing ‘Hormonal Housewives’ in Scotland – I hope audiences will find it as funny as I do!”
Vicki Michelle is known globally for her role as waitress Yvette in the award winning and long running British comedy TV series ‘Allo ‘Allo; she has been a regular cast member of Emmerdale and Doctors and has starred alongside Ray Winstone and Idris Elba in All In The Game, Hugh Bonneville in Silent Hours and Keith Lemon and Robbie Williams in The Keith and Paddy Picture Show. Vicki’s many TV credits include I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Masterchef, The Wright Stuff; she made her West End debut with Dudley Moore in Play It Again Sam, and her theatrical credits range from playing Marilyn Monroe in Hello Norma Jean to Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Film credits include The Greek Tycoon with Anthony Quinn, and the award-winning Grimaldi: The Funnest Man In The World with The Chuckle Brothers and David Essex. Vicki hosts her own weekly radio show Vix Mix on Phoenix 98FM in Essex and has presented numerous awards ceremonies. She served as Executive Producer on the Ray Cooney film Run For Your Wife and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for her extensive services to charity. She is patron of two young people’s theatre schools in London and Kent and the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.
In her final term at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005 Josephine Partridge met her future husband, moved to Wales, raised a family and ran drama classes for young children. In 2017 she decided to return to the stage and landed the leading role of Marlene in Caryl Churchill’s classic 1982 play Top Girls which had a successful run at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre. Recently she performed a piece she’d written for the London-based theatre company Bee In My Beanie. “I’m so excited about joining the cast of Hormonal Housewives,” says Josephine. “It’s my first theatrical tour and I’m really looking forward to working with Vicki and Julie and going to different theatres around the country. My character is well into keeping fit and tries to get the other two involved! I have a physical fitness background and I’m training to be a personal trainer – Vicki’s and Julie’s characters are definitely not on the same page as my character when it comes to going to the gym!”
David Janson has directed numerous pantomimes, plays and children’s theatre productions. He started his career as an actor at the age of 9 appearing in the West End production of Oliver!, the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night, and in the RSC season at Stratford. He spent three years in one of TV’s first soap operas, The Newcomers, and gained acclaim in Get Some In, Don’t Rock the Boat and Grundy. He played Herr Flick in the last series of ‘Allo ‘Allo.
David’s directing credits include Ray Cooney’s Tom Dick & Harry, Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and The Other Side of Chris Barrie. He was a member of the creative team for Bloodbath – The Musical featuring Antony Costa, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009. David’s extensive pantomime credits include Dick Whittington, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Peter Pan and he has worked with many household names including Gareth Gates, Bobby Davro, Matthew Kelly, Sue Hodge, Toyah Willcox, Lorraine Chase, John Altman, Kerry Ellis.
David is also an established voiceover artist and director and was UK voice director for the Disney Corporation on My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Pooh Halloween and The Heffalump Movie.