Lesley Joseph

After five sell out UK tours,
Hot Flush! returns...



Share in the friendships, the secrets, the laughs, the tears and the ups and downs of four ordinary women – and one man (Matt Slack) – living extraordinary lives.


Meet Myra (Lesley Joseph), a successful divorce barrister whose rat of a husband has left her for a blonde bimbo. Jessica (Ruth Keeling) is struggling to understand life in the midst of a mid-life crisis, while Sylvia (Lori Haley Fox) has been married to Joe since she was 20… and bored since she was 21! Helen (Anne Smith), a widow, is trying to take one day at a time; it’s just that sometimes several days attack her at once.


More fun than joining a gym and cheaper than botox, Hot Flush! might even leave you feeling 34 ½ again! So wipe away the credit crunch blues and grab your girlfriends together for an unmissable night at the theatre and bring your man along as well, you’ll all love it.


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    Lesley is best known for playing Dorien Green, the neighbour from hell, in the sitcom Birds of a Feather, alongside Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson.

    They recorded over one hundred episodes over a period of nine years, and Dorien Green became a national intuition, watched at its height by 23 million people. In 2013 Lesley began filming for a brand new series of Birds of a Feather. Along with her original co-stars, Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson, the ‘Birds’ hit the screens again in 2014.

    Lesley has a wealth of theatrical experience to her credit, in virtually all aspects of the business, having trained at LAMDA before carving out a career for herself on stage. Her acting roles have covered a wide range from serious drama, to musicals and revue, in both the West End and major theatres all over Britain. Her film and television credits include performances for all the major television channels in the UK and film work with major directors including Franco Zeffirelli.

    Her roles in theatre have been varied from appearing in the Sir Peter Hall’s production of Home, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Piaf by Pam Gems, Frosine in The Miser with Ian Richardson, Dooniasha in The Cherry Orchard, to Hortense in The Boyfriend amongst others. She played Miss Hannigan in Annie at the Victoria Palace and on tour for two and a half years, job sharing the role with Lily Savage… aka Paul O’Grady. She played Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She toured with Edward Hardwicke in Office Suite by Alan Bennett, and produced and starred in Singular Women, a one woman show written by Stewart Permutt, at The Kings Head. It was in Exclusive Yarns written by Gary Lyons and Stewart Permutt, at the Comedy Theatre that Lesley was seen by Laurence Marks which led to Birds of a Feather.

    More recently, Lesley’s theatre credits have included the West End run of The Vagina Monologues, huge tours of Calendar Girls and Hot Flush! intermixed with poignant performances in straight dramas like A Visit from Mrs Protheroe opposite Edward Hardwicke, a heartbreaking portrayal of Kathleen in Home as part of the Sir Peter Hall Season, and the wonderful Flora Humble in the award winning play Humble Boy. Recently, Lesley was seen reviving Dorian for the smash hit tour of Birds of a Feather-Live, which toured to rave reviews and packed houses up and down the country.

    To families in every corner of Britain, Lesley Joseph is also well known for her work in pantomimes. From Belfast to Bradford, Cardiff to Wimbledon, there are not many people who haven’t seen her Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, her Fairy in Dick Whittington or her Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. She takes pantomime very seriously and has played all the major theatres. She toured with John Nettles for 8 years in Dick Whittington, and it was at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton that Michael Aspel presented her with the big red book for This Is Your Life.

    On television she played Rachel Culgrin in the ITV soap, Night and Day for nearly two years. Other TV appearances include Rumble with Brian Glover, Easy Money, Spywatch, Minder, Roots, The Knowledge,and many others. She played Green Beryl in the Channel Five series, The Secret of Eel Island and guest starred as Erica in the BBC’s The Slammer. Lesley has appeared in scores of light entertainment shows. She had a regular spot on GMTV for 3 years, playing a glamour correspondent, covering first nights, book launches, film premieres, and sending in reports from all over the world. She travelled from Australia to America, from Italy to the Caribbean and just about everywhere in between for Wish You Were Here. She appeared as Ethel Merman in Stars in their Eyes. She has appeared in countless quiz shows, game shows and talk shows both as a guest and a presenter. Most recently she appeared on The Underdog Show and Celebrity Come Dine With Me.

    Lesley has also hosted a highly successful weekly talk show on BBC London and regularly appears on This Morning and was honoured to have a rose named after her at the Chelsea Flower Show.

  • Matt Slack


    The Man

    Matt started out his career in comedy. He turned professional after winning a major UK talent show Stairway to the Stars. This led him to be in constant demand on the cabaret circuit picking up several awards along the way. He went on to headline in theatre variety shows and perform alongside Cannon & Ball, Bradley Walsh and Bruce Forsyth to name but a few.

    Matt’s career in Musical Theatre has led him to play a number of different roles. In 2003 he played the leading role in Boogie Nights – 70’s Musical, which included a number one UK tour, plus a run at the Artscape Theatre, Capetown. The following year he joined the cast of the award winning show Blood Brothers, playing the part of Policeman/Teacher for five UK tours.

    In 2010 Matt played the male lead in the UK tour of Hot Flush!, starring alongside Lesley Joseph. 2012 saw Matt return to the role of Policeman/teacher in Blood Brothers. This time making his West End debut at the Phoenix Theatre. He was also invited to be part of a special two week performance with some of the original cast members, which closed the run of the show after twenty four years.

    While in the West End, Matt was invited to direct Blood Brothers workshops at Pineapple Dance studios, including a summer school for adults. Matt was also invited to Italia Conti, Plymouth as a guest teacher, again including two consecutive summer schools.

    Since then, Matt has appeared in the feature film The Raven starring alongside John Cusack, Brendan Gleason and Luke Evans. Played the part of Rob Hebdon in Law and Order UK. Co presenter on Club 22:45 for Westcountry TV and starred in Dr Xargle for CITV.

    Matt is currently working on creating projects for both stage and screen and he has recently completed filming on the new BBC drama Musketeers.

    Pantomime has played a major part in Matt’s career. Last season he co wrote and starred in Aladdin at the Orchard theatre, Dartford and is now recognised as one of the country’s leading panto comics!

    This year saw his fourteenth consecutive panto for Qdos, the world’s biggest panto producers, as he appeared at the Birmingham Hippodrome as Oddjob in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

  • Fox, Lori Haley



    Lori Haley Fox has performed both on Broadway, the West End and throughout Europe. American Theatre credits include: Rosie in MAMMA MIA! (Broadway), Sondheim : A Celebration (Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York), Bombs Away (Kirk Theatre, New York), Tanya in MAMMA MIA! (US National Tour) and the workshops Snow, Elway, and I Got Fired the Musical (New York).

    UK Theatre credits include: Mrs Snoring Man/Seamstress & 1st cover Martha Watson in White Christmas (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) Mrs Lottie Hardy in Sons of the Desert (Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool) Margaret and 1st cover Roz/Violet in 9 to 5 (UK TOUR) Velma in Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Alternate Anna & Alternate Lady Thiang in The King & I (UK Tour), Svetlana in Chess (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Original London cast of MAMMA MIA! and alternate Donna (West End), Lady In The Dark (National Theatre), Overtures (Victoria & Albert Museum, London), One Touch Of Venus (Opera House Studio, London), Into The Woods (The Landor Theatre, London), Bright Lights, Big City (Hoxton Hall, London), Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall) and Definitely Doris (Kings Head). German Theatre credits include: Christine in The Phantom Of The Opera (Neue Flora Theatre) and Jelly / Griddlebone in Cats (Operettenhaus).

    Lori’s recording work includes a Broadway Series at the Abbey Road Studios in London as well as the original cast recording of MAMMA MIA! Lori also appears on the cast recording of Lady in the Dark, which was the recipient of The Evening Standard Award and she has also recorded Coronation Street: The Musical for BBC Radio 2.

    Her film work includes MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE (Directed by Phyllida Lloyd) and The Day of The Grackle, winner of five Short-Film Festival awards.

    For more information about Lori please visit: www.access-uk.com

  • Anne Smith



    West End credits include: Evita, Svetlana in Chess and MAMMA MIA! (Prince Edward Theatre); Iris in Good Rockin Tonite (Strand and Prince of Wales Theatres); Morgana in Robin Prince of Sherwood and Dusty Springfield and Kd Lang in Only The Lonely (Piccadilly Theatre).

    Her repertory seasons include: Perth, Westcliffe, Exeter, Dundee, Liverpool Playhouse, St Andrews and Brunton Theatre Musselburgh.

    Favourite roles played include: Toine in Piaf, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Constanza in Amadeus, Amy in Company, Bev in Abigails Party.

    London fringe work includes: Solange la Fitte in Follies at The Landor Theatre and most recently Mrs Overdone in Measure For Measure at The Union Theatre.

    National tours include: Dinner, Ferry Cross, The Mersey, Miss Spencer in Big Bad Mouse opposite Cannon and Ball, Helen in Hot Flush!, Hazel in Sunshine on Leith and Agnes and Margaret in I Dreamed A Dream (The Susan Boyle musical).

    Television and film work includes: Taggart (STV), Eastenders (BBC), Birds Of A Feather (BBC) and the feature film Half Light (Universal).

    Other: Anne was the first female performer to appear in the regular cast at the world famous MADAM JOJO’S.

  • ruth keeling



    Ruth trained at The Poor School and The London Repertory Academy.

    Her theatre work includes: Uncle Vanya, St. Joan, Twelfth Night and A Nightingale Sang, all for the Workhouse Theatre, Knickerbocker Glories at the Union Theatre, Her Naked Skin for The National Theatre, Hot Flush! (UK Tours). Her Television credits include: Little Miss Jocelyn, EastEnders, Peep Show, Doctors, Lee Nelsons Well Good Show, and Life of Riley. Ruth also writes and performs her own stand up comedy material.

  • Sarah Dearlove


    Female understudy

    Sarah graduated from The Bridge Theatre Training Company in 2008.

    Credits include: Tale of Two Cities-musical, London premiere (Gatehouse) directed by Paul Nicholas, Hot Flush! (UK tour) 2009, Into The Woods (Landor) Sweeney Todd (Mrs Lovett) Songs For A New World, Girlfriends, She Loves Me (All Star Productions) Rippers 5 (Theatro Technis) The Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell) (Barons Court) My Big Gay Italian Wedding (UK tour) Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tabard) Get Aladdin (Landor) Rise & Fall of Little Voice (understudied & played Mari) (UK tour) directed by Jim Cartwright, Paul Taylor-Mills Summer Play Festival, weekly rep (Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth).

    Sarah has also performed in numerous cabarets & concerts performing at Lauderdale House, The Roundhouse & Leicester Square theatre.

  • Phillip Aran


    Male understudy/Company Manager

    Swansea born Phillip is an accomplished performer with experience in theatre, television, film and cabaret.

    Phillip has enjoyed a busy and varied career. His West End Credits include: original cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (understudy to Bernadette), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob), The Fleet’s In and The Styne Way.

    Other UK Tour and Rep Theatre credits include: Annie (Rooster), Oklahoma (Curly), La Cage Aux Folles (Chantal), Hello Dolly (Cornelius), Me and My Girl (Gerald), Honk! (Cat). Phillip created the roles of Henry Roberts in Amazing Grace and Eddie the Spiv in Swansea Women, both at the Swansea Grand Theatre and had great success playing multiple roles in the theatrical experience that was Cappuccino Girls.

    Phillip has enjoyed pantomime seasons at Swansea, Cardiff, Windsor, Dartford and the Isle of Man, playing a myriad of leading and ensemble roles.

    As a vocalist and cabaret performer, Phillip is a popular face throughout the UK and on board Royal Caribbean and P&O Cruise Ships.

    Phillip also has a cabaret alter-ego, female impersonator CC Swan, originally created for Funny Girls in Blackpool but now a renowned name on the UK’s cabaret circuit. CC Swan was the host of ITV’s Karaoke Queen and has also appeared in numerous other television shows, with cameo roles in movies such as Gangster No.1, Too Much Sun and Around the World in 90 Days.

    For further information please visit: www.keddiescott.com @keddiescott

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