Steaming at the Hilsea Lido

Steaming by Nell Dunn will be performed at the Hilsea Lido from Wednesday to Saturday
Steaming by Nell Dunn will be performed at the Hilsea Lido from Wednesday to Saturday
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When you think of theatrical venues around Portsmouth, the Hilsea Lido is unlikely to be top of the list.

But One Off Productions will be staging a show fit for the watery venue from Wednesday. It’s a good job there’s a pool nearby, because audiences are sure to get hot under the collar.

Steaming, an Olivier Award-winning play by Nell Dunn, tells the tale of five twentysomethings who meet in a London Turkish bath every Thursday.

They take their clothes off – sometimes draping themselves in towels – and talk about a variety of subjects, many involving men.

The steam bath is going to be demolished and a library built in its place. The women are joined by a common cause: to save the baths.

David Lippiett, 78, is producing the show, which contains some strong language and nudity.

He says: ‘We invite the best actors from companies around the city to work with us. We are very strong on talented girls at the moment, and a few approached me asking to do the play.

‘The plot of Steaming actually mirrors the position of the Lido to an extent. As a boy I spent a lot of time there so the venue has a lot of memories for me. Plus, it is very easy to park outside!’

Tickets: £12, to book call (023) 9259 7877 or email davidlippiett@hotmail.com