What causes women of a certain age to suffer cold sweats, hot flushes, hormones to rage like tsunamis and mood swings that make them as predictable as the British weather?
No, it’s not watching men’s 100 metres final – it’s the menopause.
But rather than complain about it, why not turn this change-of-life experience into a fun filled night at the theatre, complete with great songs, rewritten to perfectly capture the mood.
Three of Britain’s best-loved stars, EastEnders’s Cheryl Fergison, original girl power group legend Maureen Nolan and Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley are now starring in “Menopause The Musical,” which takes the stage at The Wyvern Theatre on 2nd June.
And the ladies believe sharing this fun night to be therapy for the soul.
This is Cheryl Fergison’s fourth tour with Menopause The Musical and for her the timing couldn’t be better.
“This show simply had to be made. It tells you it’s okay to talk about the subject and I’m delighted because I’m going through the menopause myself at the moment. You see, until you do you have no idea it’s such a big thing.”
Cheryl adds, grinning; “Suddenly 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, says Cheryl, features songs that connect with her state of mind.
“There are songs about getting older and the inevitability of your body shape changing.” She looks at her body and smiles; “Yes, it’s getting rounder.
“And I love the fact this show reminds everyone that the menopause makes you emotional. I’m not an emotional person but now I am tearing up, all the time, over nothing at all”
Maureen is just as enthusiastic about the show.
“The timing is great for this show,” she maintains. “Women just seemed to be desperate for a great night out. Menopause The Musical entertains with 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 raging hot sweats with humour and honesty. I certainly don’t mind anyone knowing I have to have fans in my dressing room, even when it’s cold.
“But what’s really great about this show is that women come up to you and say ‘Thank you for making it okay to be over fifty.’
Maureen adds, laughing; “And if men do come to the show, they will understand why their wife, on occasion, has tried to kill them.”
Rebecca echoes her co-stars, “This show won’t change your life or stop you taking your clothes off while watching telly,” says Rebecca, smiling. “But it will guarantee you a great night out. And having a group of women in one place all able to laugh at the changes women go through during menopause is a massively uplifting sensation.
“And here’s the thing; the menopause isn’t all bad. Because of better education and in part through this show touring so much, by the time women hit the dreaded menopause, they know so much more about themselves. They have a developed confidence, knowledge and a lovely, healthy cynicism about life.”
Rebecca acknowledges the menopause can create confusion.
“There was a time when women believed that with the arrival of the menopause their attractiveness departed, and sex was a thing of the past. Not now!” She adds, laughing; “Years ago, I’d be having a blue rinse at this stage, not getting my hair dyed flame red.
“And who wants to surrender to middle age? Not me. I want to be a thoroughly disgraceful fifty something.” And it’s working out just fine, so far!