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Maggie's Feg Run: Fun in sun has audience in stitches

Grand Opera House, Belfast

By Grania McFadden

Benidorm is home to sun, sea, sand and - for this summer - Maggie Muff.

The foul-mouthed heroine of Leesa Harker's 50 Shades and Dirty Dancin' is back for one more adventure, and this time she's off to sunny Spain for a spot of cigarette smuggling.

Maggie - outstandingly portrayed by the inexhaustible Caroline Curran - hopes to drown her sorrows in a sea of sangria after she learns that her true love Billy Scriven is about to become a dad, and friend Sally-Ann has also been left in the lurch.

So, the pair decide to set off for a Spanish fling or two. And if you like your humour the way you like your chips - hot and salty - then Maggie's your dream date.

Performed on a set adorned by a giant pair of pink flip-flops, the story unfolds at a breakneck speed as Maggie and Sally-Ann get ready to skip town.

Curran scarcely pauses for breath in her depictions of travel agents, chip shops, air passengers and Spanish waiters.

And it turns out to be the holiday of a lifetime. Some of their shenanigans include skinny-dipping in the hotel pool, eating lobster for breakfast and star-gazing. Of course, there are plenty of close encounters.

It doesn't all go according to plan and someone from Maggie's past threatens to make waves around her pedalo.

Women made up most of the packed audience at last night's show, and they laughed from start to finish. But Harker's smart, pacy script is much more than a bunch of dirty one-liners. Curran's Maggie is crude and lewd, but her straight talking and lust for life strikes a chord with the crowd.

Although this is billed as the last in the Maggie Muff trilogy, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her on stage again, hiking up her leopard skin shorts, in search of good time.

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