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 firstname.lastname@example.org