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Dirty Dusting at Colne Muni
4:44pm Monday 14th October 2013 in What's on in Lancashire
A NEW comedy production which looks at three women growing old disgracefully comes to Colne Muni tomorrow night. Dirty Dusting is a riotous tale of three cleaning ladies who fear they are to be pensioned off and who start up a sex chatline to boost their falling income.
Leah Bell, who directs the play and stars alongside Benidorm’s Chrissie Rock and Emmerdale actress Pat Dunn, said: “From the very first read through I was in hysterics. I was laughing so much I forgot to say my lines.
“It’s full of cheeky humour and I think audiences are going to love it.”
Leah was approached to star in the play by onee of the show’s writers.
“He said he had seen me in Calendar Girls and lliked the way I’d made my nude scene funny,” she said. “I wasn’t sure that was a compliment or not.
“For the part of Gladys I have to play a 68-year-old cleaner and I wasn’t sure if I could play that convincingly but my niece just said ‘of course you can’. Again I think she meant that as a compliment!”
As the show’s director Leah has had much more to worry about than merely learning her lines.
“I’ve just bought an old fashioned Hoover on eBay for £20,” she said. “When I went to pick it up the owner told me very proudly that it still works. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I just wanted it as a prop.”
As well as an aged Hoover, Leah has had a more exotic shopping list of items for the play.
“I went into an Ann Summers shop and asked for 60 condoms,” she said. “The shop assistant was a bit taken aback and then she told me that because I was buying so many I could have a discount. I hate to think what they said about me after I’d left the shop — I didn’t tell them they were for a play.
“Being both actor and director is when things can get complicated. I have found that I have had to swap hats during rehearsals and stop proceedings if, in my director’s role, I see things that I’m not happy with.
“That could be distracting for the other actors but they are all so good and so experienced that it’s not been a problem.”
Although Dirty Dusting is billed for adults only, Leah said that the humour was more seaside postcard than offensive.
“It’s not filthy,” she said. “But there is a surprise ending which you’ll just have to see to believe.”
Dirty Dusting is at Colne Muni, Thursday and Friday. Details from the box office on 01282 661234.
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