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Sex In Suburbia

Kelly Jobanputra takes a look at the new Claire Sweeney play at The Wyvern Theatre - REVIEW
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 April 2014, 7.30pm
Penny Crowe is the host of a late-night radio phone-in and as Britain’s leading Agony Aunt, she takes calls about every date from hell and the occasional one from heaven. She is more than happy to dish out relationship advice, but is she as happy to take it…?
Packed full of sensational songs including I’m Every Woman, I Want To Break Free and Somebody Else’s Guy, this show will make you laugh, cry and dance in the aisles.
Sex In Suburbia
Review by Kelly Jobanputra
Have you ever had a date from hell? Most of us have, but to see possible scenarios played out on stage caused quite a stir when ‘Sex in Suburbia’ was performed at the Wyvern Theatre last night (Monday 13th April).

The audience were in fits of giggles from the start of this comedy, which has been co-written and directed by Liverpool’s sweetheart Claire Sweeney.

The show centres on Claire, who plays herself, and Penny Crowe, who is a host of a late-night phone in about all things sexual and possible mishaps. Penny the agony aunt is truly hilarious and her relationship advice is dished out with gusto.

As the audience, we hear people call in with their problems and then see the full scenarios acted out in front of us.
One of the highlights of the show was when some of the audience members got to go on stage and participate in the entertainment. Three people were picked out to talk about their dating disasters and the weird tales that came out of their mouths were definitely worth hearing about!

Claire Sweeney, who was playing the part of Cilla Black, discovered she had a big fan in contestant number two as he confessed his undying love for her. Stalkerish or amusing? It was a bit of both!

This bubbly show wasn’t just about acting though. The crowd were also treated to songs such as I’m Every Woman, Somebody Else’s Guy and I Want to Break Free.

It was heart-warming to hear direct from Claire about her love for her six month old son Jaxon but it would have been even nicer to have even more of an insight into her life and her real dating history.

It also has to be said that the first half of the performance certainly didn’t get as many laughs as the much slicker and more comical second half, maybe because people didn’t realise how ‘in your face’ this production was. However, it’s certainly fair to say that this performance entertained from the very start.

If you are not shy of some rudeness and fancy a giggle with your girlfriends, this is the show for you. If you are a prude, move along.

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