Win tickets to Hot Flushes stage show

PUBLISHED: 18:10 01 May 2019

Hot Flushes will be staged in Clevedon on May 17.

Hot Flushes will be staged in Clevedon on May 17.

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What do country and western music and businessman Sir Philip Green have in common?

You could be forgiven for thinking not much at all, but Theatre Shop will disprove that this month.

Devon's Documental Theatre will be bringing Hot Flushes to Clevedon and combining the world of business and musicals.

Set in 2016, the show tells the story of a BHS employee, who is getting on in years, who discovers her pension is at risk, placing her future plans in jeopardy.

Sir Philip is cast, not as a man in a suit, but a land-grabbing cattle baron and his staff member as an air-rifle enthusiast as this vigilante folk hero seeks to reclaim what is rightfully her.

Writer Lucy Bell said: “When I listened to news stories about the collapse of BHS I felt a sense of outrage.

“BHS was the first Western chain to open in Moscow after Perestroika.

“It's synonymous with tan tights and pot pourri.

“It felt like the natural habitat for Victoria Wood characters, and a very British institution, was being violated.

“Retirement age is a challenging time for lots of women, physically, emotionally, economically.

“I couldn't believe that money which BHS staff had paid in had been spent without regard to the future, and 60-year-old women were being told to take up apprenticeships in nail bars.

“It got me thinking, what if one of those women decided she wasn't going to take it lying down?”

The show will be staged at Theatre Shop on May 17 at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £12, are available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/theatreshop

* The Times has teamed up with Clevedon's Theatre Shop to offer readers the chance to win two pairs of tickets to see the show.

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