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									Press Release
19 April 2006

Grumpy Old Women Come to Cardiff
The hit BBC TWO TV show Grumpy Old Women, currently touring the UK, is to make a pit stop in Cardiff for one night only on Sunday 4 June at Wales Millennium Centre. Grumpy Old Women Live, co-written by comedian, writer and performer Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder, will star Eclair, actress Dillie Keane and TV favourite, Linda Robson. Be prepared for a performance of inappropriate innuendo, laugh-out-loud comedy and middle-aged mayhem as three grumpy old women take to the Welsh stage for the first time. Wales Millennium Centre‟s Marketing and Programming Director, Fiona Allan, says, “This is a very funny show which will appeal to men and women of all ages and temperaments – you certainly won‟t have to be grumpy to enjoy! The show enjoyed sell-out performances last year when it toured the UK and we expect Welsh audiences to join the live grump-fest with equal enthusiasm. I would advise people to book early for their tickets as I‟m sure Grumpy Old Women Live will prove a big hit in the box office.” The television series featured a host of celebrities including Germaine Greer, Sheila Hancock, Janet Street-Porter as well as Ann Widdecombe and attracted nearly five million viewers per episode. The live tour has been produced to meet popular demand following the sell out „Knock „em dead‟ mini tour last Autumn. Grumpy Old Women Live is script edited by Richard Herring, script editor for the latest series of the multi award-winning Little Britain, and co-writer and star of BBC TWO‟s Fist of Fun and This Morning With Richard Not Judy. The show is directed by Chris George, and designed by Dora Schweitzer. The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £19. To book your tickets, contact the Ticket Office on 08700 40 2000 or visit our website at www.wmc.org.uk - ENDS -

For further information please contact Esther Eckley, Media Relations Manager at WMC on 029 20636428 / esther.eckley@wmc.org.uk or Nia Jones, Media Relations Officer on 029 2063 6403 / nia.jones@wmc.org.uk Editors Notes: “[Grumpy Old Women Live] is warm-hearted, witty, empathetic and rather empowering... it’s funny.” Kathryn Flett, Observer Biographies Jenny Eclair Comedian, writer and stand up JENNY ECLAIR was the first woman to win the Perrier Award. She currently hosts her own show on LBC radio, and has presented and contributed to BBC Radio 4‟s Home Truths and Woman‟s Hour. As an actress, she has performed her one-woman show The Andy Warhol Syndrome at the Edinburgh Festival (2004), London‟s Fringe and on tour around the UK. She has also starred in a number of West End productions including: Steaming and The Vagina Monologues. An author of three books to date, Having a Lovely Time, JENNY‟S second novel, was published in 2004 following Camberwell Beauty, which was released in 2000 and The Book of Bad Behaviour in 1994. JENNY‟s recent TV appearances include It‟s Grim Up North (BBC TWO), Grumpy Old Women (BBC TWO), My Childhood (BBC THREE), Graham Norton‟s Bigger Picture (BBC ONE), a memorable contestant on Celebrity Fame Academy (BBC ONE), Room 101 (BBC TWO), So Graham Norton (Channel 4), The Joan Rivers Position (FIVE), Celebrity Weakest Link (BBC ONE) and Call my Bluff (BBC ONE). JENNY has also hosted and The British Comedy Awards After Show Party (ITV2), Eurovision Song Contest (BBC THREE), The BBC New Comedy Awards (BBC ONE) and The Perrier Awards (Channel 4). Judith Holder Head of Features at Liberty Bell, JUDITH HOLDER wrote and produced Grumpy Old Women for BBC TWO. She also wrote the best selling book that accompanied it and is currently compiling volume two. Before enjoying this full time grump-fest, she produced some of the best-known entertainers and comedians in the business including DAME EDNA, CLIVE JAMES, MICHAEL ASPEL, BILLY CONNOLLY, LENNY HENRY and VICTORIA WOOD. JUDITH was responsible for sending celebrities to far away places to survive as dumpees - JOANNA LUMLEY to a desert island, BILLY CONNOLLY to the arctic and LENNY HENRY to the Amazon. She also reunited the children from The Sound of Music and took them back to Salzburg in the award winning After They Were Famous (ITV) programme, and was responsible for all the ITV reunions that followed with the original cast of Grease, The Waltons and Dynasty. At the age of forty-six JUDITH decided to start doing her own comedy stand up routine, which almost certainly means that she is one of the oldest women to start stand up in bunion pads. She has written and performed comedy pieces on Women's Hour and Home Truths.

Dillie Keane DILLIE has been a leading stage actress since the early eighties. Most famously she co-founded Fascinating Aida, who have gone on to have five seasons in London‟s West End, runs on Broadway in New York, and in places as far a field as Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The group have released five albums, two books, two videos and have been nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award and three Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment. Her other theatre performances include her one woman show Back With You which toured the UK and Germany and won the Best Comedy Award at the Moers Comedy Festival in 2001. Her other one woman shows included the Perrier Award nominated Single Again and Citizen Keane. She has also appeared in The Vagina Monologues, Accommodating Eva, Present Laughter, Cinderella and most recently she has been touring the UK in Tomfoolery. DILLIE‟S television and film credits include Grumpy Old Women (BBC TWO), Pie In The Sky (BBC ONE), Me And My Girl, The Truth About Women, Deadly Advice and To Die For. Linda Robson LINDA is celebrating her 38th year in showbusiness. Best known for starring as Tracey Stubbs in the hit BBC ONE sitcom Birds Of A Feather, which ran for nine prime-time series, LINDA has been a regular on our television screens since she was a child, making her first appearance in Jackanory, and was a founder member of the renowned Anna Scher theatre school in Islington. Her other television credits have included Up The Elephant And Round The Castle, Shine On Harvey Moon (ITV), Harry's Game (ITV), Thomas And Sarah, Jobs For The Girls (BBC). LINDA'S theatre credits include, leading roles in The Vagina Monologues and Food Chain at the Royal Court, and last year made her west end debut playing the part of Violet Shenton in Telstar at the New Ambassadors Theatre. She has also toured Australia in Kay Mellor's Passionate Woman. Linda is a very active Charity worker and is a trustee of Children with Leukaemia. Linda also supports The Children's Society and has completed many charity walks for them including those in New York, New Zealand and the rainforests of Brazil.


								
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