WE'VE all had them - moments when we wished the ground would open up and swallow us. But what better way to get over the mortifying shame of a 'clothing malfunction' or 'unexpected release of bodily fluid' than sharing your embarrassing tale online - with the possibility it will be re-enacted on stage?

Perhaps surprisingly, that's just what hundreds of people have done. Their stories form the basis of Anthea Williams' new show,

The Kiwi director, spurred on by the success of 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (a similar concept based on real-life break-up stories), has teamed up with a fresh cast of four to recreate your moments of humiliation (sometimes with nothing more than the names changed).

She set up a website - you can guess the address - where people can trade their embarrassing stories for two others of a similar nature. The idea is that knowing you're not alone eases the pain.

"It's comforting for people to remember these things happen to everyone, that we're all human and all make mistakes," explains Anthea. "I find it quite life-affirming."

All the tales from the website were handed to a team of five new playwrights as inspiration. The result is an often funny, sometimes poignant, always cringe-worthy blend of drama, music and storytelling.

"It's primarily comedy, but there are some quite direct and serious moments," said Anthea. "It's the result of five writers working together, which is a relatively rare event in theatre but very productive.

"There's a sex medley in the show inspired by another writer's idea for a vomit medley, which never made the final cut."

Anthea's pick of the most embarrassing stories submitted:

* A lady had taken some laxatives and was in the changing room of a shop when they had the desired effect, only a little too suddenly.She tried to scoop the offending mess into a lunchbox she had with her but was caught in the act by a member of staff.

* A woman was on a skiing holiday with the in-laws and waited three days to do a number two because the whole family was sharing one bathroom. She finally went but, to her horror,the toilet would not flush. In a fit of panic, she called the maid. Using her best Franglais, she pointed at the bowl, shouting 'regardez, regardez' before pulling the chain to explain the situation. To her immense mortification, it flushed first time, leaving the maid bemused.

* A lady, who was going for a smear test later that day, spotted what she thought was a deodorising spray in a friend's bathroom cabinet and used it down below. It turned out to be glitter spray. When she went for the check-up the first thing the nurse said was 'how lovely'.