Calm Down Dear: Hot Flushes

Dates and Times

Thu 13 - Sat 15 June 2019 at 7.15pm

See all upcoming performances

Ticket information

£12/10 (conc.)
Book Tickets

Part of Calm Down Dear, a three-week festival of innovative feminist performance. The festival runs from Tuesday 28 May – Sunday 16 June.

Take advantage of our double-bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16, or make the most of our Season Pass and book tickets for three different shows to receive a 10% discount. Simply add the tickets for the shows into your basket and we’ll do the rest.

Presented by Documental Theatre

It’s 2016. Lady Green is bronzing on her Super Yacht, Sir Phil Green is getting roasted by the Select Committee, and Sandra, who has worked 45 years for BHS, is burning from the loss of her pension. Croydon branch is closing but there’s no closure for Sandra, not even in the stoic lyrics of her favourite Country songs. That’s until a chance encounter in the ladies’ fitting rooms with Patsy, a member of the National Rifle Association. It seems Annie has a lot to learn from the women of the Poor Valley chapter of the Well-Armed Woman…

Hot Flushes is a Country and Western musical which tackles the pension crisis faced by high street workers and 1950’s-born women head on. It’s a show about later life activism. With catchy songs, quick-fire one-liners, two hard-to-forget homicidal, menopausal heroines, Hot Flushes is probably the only show you’ll see this year that puts hutzpah and foot spa in the same lyric.

Performed by four actor/musicians, with live instrumentation, the script is a selected play for Bristol old Vic Open Session 2019 and is produced by award-winning company Documental Theatre, who are excited to return to their favourite venues with their first formal musical!

“A dysfunctional love story about the roller coaster hormonal journey of murderous menopause and remembering what home means.” – Weston Super Mum review

“Funny, engaging, skin-crawlingly familiar and hugely entertaining” – Lee Morgan, The PRSD

Supported by Arts Council England. Selected play Bristol Old Vic Open Session



“Fabulous, engrossing and super-talented performances”

“Clever, funny, captivating”

“Loved it”

Watch the Trailer

About the company

Award-winning South West theatre company, Documental Theatre, makes New Writing plays inspired by the testimony and lived experience of families living at the sharp end of the welfare system. We are always interested in using protest music in our plays but this is our first full musical, and the third play we have brought to CPT (after SCORE and PULLING OUT). Writer, Lucy Bell, is part of the Soho Theatre Writers Lab and inaugural winner of the Ronald Duncan Playwrighting Award. She is a Bristol Old Vic Open Session writer 2018/19. @documentaltheat @LucyBellSW

Upcoming Performances