MENOPAUSE the Musical – Women on Fire performer Victoria Nicolls grew up with a father in the air force who was away a lot, so she and her sisters would entertain their mum to make her laugh.
“We’d dance off-beat and sing out of tune; she was our best audience,” Nicolls said.
“The way we coped with difficulty, like many families, was to deal with it with humour.
“I think this show has an element of that in it; you learn to laugh at yourself when you see these women going through all this stuff in a highly comedic way.
“Only my sisters can normally make me laugh with tears rolling down my face but the other women in this show make me laugh just like that too, which is wonderful.”
Nicolls, who lives in Sydney and is known for her work on The Restless Years, Prisoner and Sale of the Century, is joined by Melanie Evans, Meg Kiddle and Lilias Davie in the musical about the once taboo subject.
Director Alli Pope has refreshed the show into an 80-minute performance (previously 90 minutes) with a few new songs and gags while retaining the original concept of four women meeting in a department store who bond over their mutual stage in life.
Nicolls plays the Dubbo housewife and said she was like her character Raeleen Archer from The Restless Years after growing up and having kids.
“She’s sweet and funny and the women rumble her and make her stronger,” she said.
Nicolls’ two daughters were the reason she did not tour for many years, but given they are both now in their 20s, the single mum is back on the road and loving every minute of it,
“Except when I walk off stage at the end like a penguin because I’m so stiff,” she said.
“I’m rocketing round that stage like nobody’s business and when I stop I think ‘Thank goodness for adrenaline’.”
Community Newspaper Group has 10 double passes to give away to Menopause the Musical–- Women on Fire at Crown Theatre Perth on December 6. Enter here by 10am, December 1.
What: Menopause the Musical – Women on Fire
Where: Crown Theatre Perth
When: December 5 to 10