Some shows are unashamedly aimed at a female audience and Claire Sweeney’s relationship comedy, Sex In Suburbia, is firmly pitched at the ladies.
The entertainer (a former Rear of the Year apparently) got the idea while touring with another girl’s show, Tell Me On A Sunday.
She’s now back, after having a baby at 44, playing herself (ish) as a celebrity guest on a radio talk show, Sex In Suburbia, hosted by the larger than life agony aunt Penny Crowe (comedienne Lindzi Germain) and camp producer Rory Reynolds (Carl Patrick).
As the show progresses we hear calls, emails and texts from “listeners” and the characters act out the scenarios, some more hilarious than others.
We touch on couples’ libido (lost and found), simulated sex, quirky foibles, internet dating and seduction techniques.
The dialogue is very seaside saucy with double entendres and packed with nudge..nudge humour. It’s a lot of fun and provides a cheeky night’s entertainment.
There’s audience participation in the second act as two women are cajoled to come up on stage and reveal their bad date experiences.
This could be a bit hit or miss but the show struck gold at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre last night with Jo from Barton in Bedfordshire (I won’t recount her story to save her husband’s blushes).
The show is jointly written by Sweeney and Mandy Muden and it’s clear that a few of the stories are based on the women’s own experiences through life.
I’m not sure I wanted to hear about Claire’s C-Section or her incontinence but it’s one way of bonding with your audience.
One of the funniest moments comes in the second act when Germain comes on as the voluptuous Annie.
She is poured into a low cut body-con dress to do a routine as a sex toy saleswoman who hasn’t had a relationship in years.
She’s raucous, rampant, and comes fully equipped…and it’s a hoot.
Don’t expect high art but Sex In Suburbia hits the G-Spot with its hen audience who ended the night dancing in the aisles to a medley of power anthems from the cast.
Sex In Suburbia now on tour.
Remaining tour dates
Tonight (Thurday), Milton Keynes Theatre May 22, Sands Centre, Carlisle May 24, Newark Palace, Newark May 25, Forum Theatre, Billingham May 26, Caird Hall, Dundee May 27, Civic Theatre, Darlington May 28, St George’s Hall, Bradford May 29, Oakengates Theatre at The Place, Telford May 31, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Sex In Suburbia
Entertainer Claire Sweeney co-writes and stars in Sex In Suburbia, a comedy about relationships and how to make a go of them.