She says she’s no goddess (we beg to differ) but at 70, Dame Helen Mirren still radiates beauty, a wicked sense of fun and sheer star quality.
She sees herself as an explorer, a brave adventurer in the realms of human sexuality.
A skateboarding teenage street urchin in Berlin, she’s turned her body into an experiment.
Olive, Elsie, Gladys were likeable, well-rounded characters.
With Olive's obsession with the Girl Guides, Elsie the wild child and Gladys being more naive yet really growing into the sex-line role, they were the kind of elderly ladies you wouldn’t mind growing up to become. It was very tenuous and the odd ‘serious’ moments seemed jarring in the context, but the jokes were the main focus, so it was easy to not notice this, and not the worst crime in theatre (or even in this show! After the end of the actual plot, David came on and performed an awkward strip tease, right down to tight, red leather boxers and not much else.
He then proceeded to go into the audience, which might have been more interesting had we not been sat on the Upper Circle and therefore could not see a single thing…!
The other three also came onto stage in rather saucy outfits (looking pretty great for older ladies, I must admit), and performed a short dance.
Honestly, it all seemed completely unnecessary and just tacked on at the end.
However, this is could have lived with, had it not been for what happened after the bows.
Once the raucous applause (that I am not sure was entirely justified but perhaps that was just me) had died down, the cast then proceeded to address the audience, giving us details of their Facebook page and asking us to take out our phones and take pictures of them for it.
Maybe I’m just old fashioned, (despite being in the lower age bracket of the audience and working in Social Media myself), but this just isn’t the done thing.
It took away any magic from the play, and when Rock thanked her personal friends, by name no less, for coming, it took on the air of a very amateur am-dram show - certainly not what should be expected when tickets are around £20!