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Slimmer for Christmas - New play from 50 Shades of Red, White and Blue author is a real Christmas cracker

The author of the hit novel and play - '50 Shades of Red, White and Blue' - is back with a new live cracker for Christmas.

This time Leesa Harker has tackled the annual Yuletide diet fest in 'Slimmer for Christmas' - a hilarious new play specially commissioned by the Theatre at the Mill in Newtownabbey.

The play features Sami Salt who is on a mission: She has exactly six weeks of Flab-Busters classes and video workouts to slim down for the Christmas do and dazzle her gorgeous boss Mark Bond with her svelte shape and super new confidence.

Will Sami be able to slim down for Christmas? Will she woo Mark and live happily ever after? Or will she eat her own bodyweight in Maltesers like she did last year?

This is Leesa’s first show without her famed character Maggie Muff.

She came up with the idea for the show several years ago and was delighted when the Theatre at the Mill asked her to write a new Christmas show, which runs from December 16 to January 3.

“I just loved the idea of the effort that women make to impress men when quite often the men aren’t really Prince Charming,” she said.

“I’ve been on a diet for 20 years! I’ve been to every slimming club going but it wasn’t to try to lose weight to impress anyone, it was more to be healthy. I think people are way too hung up about having the perfect body,”

Slimmer for Christmas  - which is aimed at audiences aged 16-plus - stars Julie Maxwell as Sami with Caroline Curran (star of 50 Shades) as her best friend. .

For more information go to www.theatreatthemill.com.

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