Five minutes with... Lesley Joseph

PUBLISHED: 10:26 12 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:26 12 May 2014




Holly Eells talks to actress Lesley Joseph about her current tour, Hot Flush, which this month visits the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford

What appealed to you about starring in the touring production of Hot Flush?

I’ve done it twice before and I just couldn’t resist doing it again. It has gone down so well with audiences. It’s the only show I’ve ever done where on the first night we overran by 15 minutes because there were so many laughs. Of course, that could have just been me overplaying it. It’s a hybrid show — it’s got music, drama, stand-up and revue — but the main thing is that it’s very, very funny.

How is the tour going so far, any highlights you can share?

The tour is going brilliantly; the audiences are loving the show. The whole reception has been a highlight and it’s going fantastically well.

You are performing at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford for three days, what can the Essex audience expect?

It’s very funny and very naughty. They can leave their troubles at the door and have two hours of laughter. Its sense of humour is very near the knuckle and that really appeals. One of the characters has a moment with a ‘Rampant Rabbit’ and you don’t get much more near the knuckle than that! It’s part of a genre of theatre that connects with hormonal housewives and hen parties. Hot Flush! speaks directly to that audience and that’s why it works so brilliantly.

You know Essex from your days in Birds of a Feather. Do you have a favourite place you like to visit and why?

I don’t really know Essex that well as in our world of Birds of a Feather, the Essex we know is fictional, but I have friends in Chigwell, who I haven’t seen for a long time, and I would like to go and see them.

Lesley Joseph will be appearing at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford on May 21 to 23. For more information or to book tickets, visit

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