“It’s not bumming, it’s anal.” Mother to daughter in Chalet Lines

April 27, 2012

I’m surprised that the fact this was playing at “The Bush” wasn’t woven in to the script as the whole premise of the play was about women’s fundamental raison d’etre is to be married, however unhappy that makes them in reality. The language is coarse and very funny.  The play travels through time to see a hen night, a wedding and a birthday being celebrated at Butlins by the various generations of Geordie women – at the centre of whom is Loretta, a woman desperate to have a good time and vehement that her family will too. She worships the younger tarty daughter (Jolene)  who immmediately  falls in love with the numerous men she encounters and keeps a scrapbook of her future wedding. This is how women behave in Loretta-world where we have to believe in the fairytale that one day our Prince will come and we’d better make the most of him.  As such, she is vile to her elder daughter and we are made to feel really uncomfortable the way she treats her . At times I welled up, lost in the viciousness.  These relationships are reiterations of Loretta’s own relationship with her mother – who she is desperate to please, but her mother is only interested in her elder sister Paula, who has broken free of the tangled web of roots these women have created. A solid three stars.


2 Responses to ““It’s not bumming, it’s anal.” Mother to daughter in Chalet Lines”

  1. This is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise information… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  2. looking forward to seeing this with the Keaveney’s!

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