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Preview: Dirty Dusting at South Shields Customs House


Dirty Dusting
South Shields Customs House
Thursday 19th October 2017

Long-running comedy Dirty Dusting is coming home to The Customs House.
The play premiered at the South Shields theatre in February 2003 and hasn’t stopped since, touring both nationally and internationally.

Lee Brannigan, Dolores Poretta Brown,
Crissy Rock and Leah Bell
Written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, it tells the story of three cleaning ladies who start a telephone chat line when they are threatened with redundancy. 

Providing Elsie (Benidorm’s Crissy Rock) can teach the other two a few new tricks, there’s no reason why they can’t get rich quick – providing they keep their operation a secret from their bosses, husbands, children and grandchildren.

Crissy Rock
Former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Crissy, who joined the cast of Dirty Dusting in 2014, stars alongside Dolores Porretta Brown as Olive and Leah Bell as Gladys, with the saucy cleaners dubbing themselves The Telephone Belles.

Leah Bell
Leah said: “Although we perform Dirty Dusting all over the country, there is always something special about bringing this play back to its debut theatre, The Customs House.  We always feel a little extra twinge of nerves, especially the time we knew the original cast of Jean Southern, Gwen Doran and Helen Russell were sitting in the audience. Every time we tour in Dirty Dusting, we always add a little something extra naughty into the closing scene - and this time we have a bit of a surprise for everyone!”

Dirty Dusting is described by Waugh and Wood as “a searing indictment of ageism in the 21st century, heavily disguised as a hysterical, laugh-out-loud, heart-warming comedy”.

It has toured Scotland, England and Ireland on several occasions and recently toured New Zealand and Australia. It is heading to Spain next year.

It has recently being released to the amateur market and is proving to be very popular.

Dirty Dusting comes to The Customs House for one night only on Thursday 19thOctober, at 7.30pm, with tickets priced £21.
To book, contact the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or visit

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