Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Bra-vo! It's a cup-winning performance

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Until July 29, Various times

Paul Boyd's musical isn't one for the kids - a graphic and titillating tale of three couples who live on Mammary Lane. You get the picture!

Boyd explores the highs and lows of cosmetic surgery as a mysterious stranger appears in town, encouraging the womenfolk to get one or two things off their chests.

A satirical swipe at a society that considers beauty to be only skin deep, the Lyric trialled a concert version of the show last year and it now returns in a bigger, firmer, more rounded production for 12 performances before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe next month.

The last Lyric production at the Fringe was Stones in his Pockets which went on to conquer the West End and Broadway, so producers are hoping that comedy lightning will strike twice.

Olivier-award winning actress Leanne Jones, who played the West End's original Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, joins a glittering cast which also includes Tara Flynn, Christopher Finn, Orla Gormley, Kevin Hynes, Conleth Kane, Russell Morton, and Tommy Wallace.

Plenty of taboos are toppled in this risque adventure in which all really is revealed.

If you like the Rocky Horror Show and Desperate Housewives, you'll love this. Catch it now, before it's gone!

For details, visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.

GRANIA McFADDEN

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