Theatre review: Housewives on Holiday at Blackpool Grand - feelgood escapism with Maureen Nolan and the ladies

Blackpool was the destination for bawdy laughs and feelgood escapism when the Housewives on Holiday came to the Grand on 26 June 2022.
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Maureen Nolan brought a riot of holiday themed laughter to the resort, along with co-stars Josephine Partridge and Sarah Dearlove.

The loose women entertained the Grand with relatable humour and slapstick scenarios as they took flight to Costa Del Blackpool.

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There were lighthearted quips about tans, romances and cockpits (or box offices for an all-female crew), and bawdy jokes that I couldn’t repeat in a family newspaper.

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A skit about swimsuit shopping even had the men laughing at their witty impressions of overconfident beach hunks.

They even worked in a line about Blackpool Airport.

And their observational sketch about posh yummy-mummies on a wild camping trip was just brilliantly funny, with toilet humour that had eyes watering, and the performers fighting to keep straight-faced.

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“The point of wild camping is to get as far away from civilization as possible…like Fleetwood,” said one of the ladies donning a dressing gown and swimming cap.

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The second part of the show was set in a Spanish resort. There’s a bizarre holiday romance, and a high energy aerobics class where Maureen’s foot punctures a trampoline and leaves me wondering if it was intended.

There’s slapstick humour when the girls visit a monastery, and a kickin’ holiday soundtrack that gets the audience on their feet.

This was pure feelgood fun. These funny, rude housewives are the kind of girls that everyone wants at a beach party.

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