“Steaming” is a celebration of women, by women.
In it’s time this play was considered controversial because of the nudity and language. But, it’s more than that – it’s about friendship, finding your place in the world and fighting for what you believe in. Set in an old Turkish Bath somewhere in the East End of London where six women of all conditions come to bare their bodies, souls and fantasies, Steaming is a warm-hearted, often humorous portrayal of women coming to know the nature of each other’s lives.
They are an disparate group. There’s Violet who runs the bathhouse always ready with a towel and a listening ear. Mrs Meadow and her daughter Dawn are regular visitors for their weekly bath. They have no electricity and look forward to their only outing. Jane and her friend Nancy went to school together and are now both separated with kids at school. Josie is a colourful character who swears like a trooper and enjoys nothing better than relaying the details of her love life and fantasies to the bemusement and disgust of the other women.
When they realise their sanctuary, their little bit of luxury, is about to be demolished by penny-pinching, self-aggrandising bureaucrats, they must unite to ‘SAVE THE BATHS’!
10-Sep-09 to 19-Sep-09 at Bradshaw Street Community Hall Bradshaw Street (off Buckley Street) West Essendon
Bookings: Eileen – 9330 4808