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INTERVIEW: Eastender’s Cheryl Fergison talks about bringing Menopause the Muscial back to her home county

PUBLISHED: 12:06 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:06 06 February 2017

Cheryl Fergison

Cheryl Fergison

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She’ll also be doing a bucket collection for Ellenor, the Gravesend hospice she’s a patron of

Known for playing Heather Trott in Eastenders before her departure from the soap, Cheryl Fergison is now about to embark on her second tour of Menopause the Musical, which will be making its way to the actress’ home county of Kent.

Arriving in Gravesend in February, the musical is about embracing the fears and embarrassment of the dreaded menopause. Four women meet in a shopping centre, all from different backgrounds but with one thing in common - the menopause. They bond over hot flushes, night sweats, irritability and red faces.

Alongside Ms Fergison in this hilarious comedy is Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Ruth Berkeley (Penny Dreadful).

Speaking of he musical, Ms Fergison, who is from Sidcup, says: “It’s a musical for everyone. Women who are currently going through menopause will be there like ‘yes I understand this! That’s me”, women who have that to come will be saying “oh so that’s why my mum’s been like that”. Even partners or sons of women will be able to enjoy it and empathise with the ladies in their lives.”

Though she also states the audience is usually made up of 90 per cent women and 10 per cent men, the actress claims that the songs make it enjoyable for everyone.

She comments: “It’s a really fun tour. There’s loads of great upbeat songs. They’re tunes that everyone will recognise but with the lyrics changed, which essentially makes it even funnier because they then reflect how the characters are feeling.

“The reponse we get from the audience is always great, and they always tell us it’s really relateable. It’s hilarious when the audience has had a few drinks as well cause then they’re calling out and agreeing with parts of the musical.”

Ms Fergison is also a patron for local hospice Ellenor, and will be fundraising for them after the show with a bucket collection.

Menopause the Musical is coming to Gravesend’s Woodville Theatre on February 23.

For tickets visit woodville.seatlive.com or call the box office on 08442 439 480.

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