UNSURPRISINGLY, the ‘joys’ of womanhood make up the bones of this three-hour sketch show.
Written by husband and wife team John McIsaac and actress Julie Coombe, who stars as one of a trio of housewives, the show discusses and dissects the stereotypical – but often accurate – trials of women today.
Toyah, Julie and third housewife, Hollyoaks’ Sarah Jane Buckley, play themselves, taking on a potpourri of characters to satirise life of females in the 21st century.
Wine, women and... not song, but waxing, are some of the subjects closely examined in the sketch show.
“We play out the situations which women find themselves in every day,” said Toyah.
While the show is undeniably aimed at women, she promises there will be no burning of bras.
“There’s no political or feminist statement; it’s naughty, funny and just a great girls’ night out.”
She said a mix of people come to enjoy the show, but typically the audience was usually full of hen parties and office outings.
“It’s a feel-good night out aimed at girls,” said Toyah.
“But men are also welcome – we promise we’ll treat them well!”
While the lads are not discouraged, they will definitely be in the minority.
“The same way you’d only find a handful of women at an Al Murray show,” explained Toyah.
“But those that come do have great fun; we had six gay men in the other night who just loved it.”
The trials and tribulations of womanhood are acted out in comic sketches in the no-holds-barred three-hour show.
From PMS to stretch marks, the trio look at all the problems that face the female race in a comical display of truisms.
“There’s one scene which is set by the school gates, with three competitive mothers,” said Toyah.
“One is a lesbian, one is a pretentious social climber and one is a yummy mummy.
“It presents the broad spectrum of what women today can be like.
“But yes, there is a bit of stereotyping,” she admitted.
Radio comedy veteran Julie first launched Hormonal Housewives in 2010.
Now in its third year, the show has been revamped with a fresh cast and new gags but some favourites remain.
“There’s a waxing scene which just brings the house down,” said Toyah.
“It’s a real gem.”
She attributes the show’s success to Julie choosing subjects that are close to every woman’s heart.
“The funniest scene is probably one where a character tries on size 16 clothes that are too small.
“I never in my wildest dreams thought it would be so funny, but it’s something we know about all too well.
“We all have clothes in our wardrobe for fat and thin days, but we don’t usually talk about it.”
The all too familiar problems promise to bond female crowds with the housewives while simultaneously evoking snorts and sniggers as the audience nods along.
“It’s been an absolute riot doing it, the audiences love it,” said Toyah.
“It’s pure entertainment.”
And how does a women whose expansive career is so hard to label find life as a comedian?
“It’s so nice to go to work and laugh,” she said. “It’s still very structured, and of course we work very hard, but it’s a wonderful way to make a living.”
Likened to The Vagina Monologues and Hot Flush! The show has enjoyed similar popularity.
Billed as suitable to any woman who understands the hell of an IKEA trip or has a love/hate relationship with chocolate, there is bound to be something that every girl can relate to.
A night with the housewives could be the perfect antidote to the demands of being a dame.
* Hormonal Housewives is at The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm. £21.
* Follow the housewives on Twitter @HormonalTour and @toyahofficial.