The Information on - `Perfect Days'

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What Is It?

Liz Lochhead's bittersweet, heartwarming comedy - a hit at last year's Edinburgh Festival - about a celebrity hairdresser approaching her 39th birthday and desperate for a child.

Who's In It?

Siobhan Redmond (right) delivers a funny, moving portrayal of the giddy crimper, Barbs Marshall. Support comes from John Kazek as gay sperm-donor Brendan, Vincent Friel as the ex-husband and Nick Lopez as the toy-boy. Ann Scott-Jones plays her less than sympathetic mother.

What They Say About It

"Director John Tiffany paces the farce beautifully in this entertaining transfer of the Traverse smash- hit," Paul Taylor, The Independent.

"Dialogue is arrestingly crisp and idiomatic but the turns of the plot, until the revelations of the final scene, are too predictable... Redmond's lovely performance is funny, perceptive and involving," Jeremy Kingston, The Times.

"Part sitcom, part soap, and which touches on every Cosmo-editorial cliche as it trundles by... Redmond's strong, if oddly squeaky central performance, and a veneer of rude Glaswegian wit, redeem the tepid material somewhat," Nick Curtis, Evening Standard.

Where You Can See It

Perfect Days is at the Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2 (0171-836 9987) to 25 Sept