Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown


Last week I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest of Ambassador Theatre Group to watch the show Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre in London.

Set in Madrid, Spain, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is based on a film by Pedro Almodóvar. The main character is a woman called Peppa, who, after finding out that her lover has left, endures the most emotionally draining 48 hours of her life.  She meets her lover’s wife, son, and new girlfriend while dealing with her own dramas within the same space of time. The show is unpredictable yet funny, with so many characters outside of the main character, each one with a vital part in making the whole show mesh well together.  The humour for me mainly comes from the singing taxi driver and the silent matador that at times have you questioning why the play is set in Madrid.  I guess that is down to the origins of the original film.

Peppa is played by actress Tamsin Greig who is best known from shows such as Friday Night Dinner, Green Wing and Jonathan Creek.  Tamsin, well-known for her comedy roles, did total justice to her character.   I feel she has taken her acting to a whole new level with live acting.   Who knew that she could sing? I didn’t!

I can’t write this review without mentioning Haydn Gwynne who is best known for her role as Margaret Thatcher opposite Helen Mirren as “the Queen” in The Audience and television roles such as Peak Practice and Merseybeat. Haydn played Lucia, the wife of Peppa’s estranged lover.  She was funny, mad and had us giggling away.

Over all, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was quite an unusual experience for me as this was not a show or film that I had heard of.  I do have to say it was quite refreshing to go and see a show expecting nothing and not knowing any of the songs that are being sung.  Surprisingly, it absorbs you into the story, glued to pay more attention.  Either way, it was funny, humorous and was an inexpensive night out.

Before I finish the post I want to say a few lines about ATG tickets – The Ambassador Theatre Group that I had never heard of until my visit to The Playhouse. ATG is a live theatre company with 39 venues in Britain and on Broadway, and touring productions all over the world.  Some of ATG’s theatre productions are Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK tour), Priscilla – Queen of the Desert (UK Tour), and The Book of Mormon (co-production – West End). Tickets bought directly from ATG start from £15 and can often be bought as part of a package that comes with dinner, drinks or access to an exclusive lounge.  For more info on ATG, other theatre shows and packages click here.

Women on the Verge is showing at The Playhouse until the 23rd of May 2015. To book your tickets, click here.

Mrs J xx

I was a guest of AGT and The Playhouse Theatre

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