Review: Steaming at the Hilsea Lido

Steaming by Nell Dunn will be performed at the Hilsea Lido until Saturday
Steaming by Nell Dunn will be performed at the Hilsea Lido until Saturday
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The Blue Lagoon at Hilsea Lido hosts One Off Productions’ latest show – Nell Dunn’s 1981 play Steaming.

Dunn’s greatest work was produced in the Sixties, and Steaming often comes across as a bit laboured. Points are hammered home, language is as ripe as a sweaty Stilton and the characters are surprisingly stereotypical.

Most successful is Leigh Cunningham as the very fruity Josie: part-time stripper, full-time loser.

The story, such as it is, is almost secondary. This is character-driven stuff with the seven women who make up the cast exploring their lives, experiences and attitudes.

Most successful is Leigh Cunningham as the very fruity Josie: part-time stripper, full-time loser. Josie’s character-arc is the most believable, but there’s also good work from Lydia Thorne as Jane and Sarah Parnell as the woman in charge, Violet.

The performance itself is solid enough with some nice directorial choices, but the cast oftentimes seem to be acting in isolation, not responding to the other characters.

As their run goes on I suspect these very experienced performers will bed in. Until Saturday.