Carole Smillie to Star in Hormonal Housewives at the Festival Theatre

Carol Smillie leads the cast of the hilarious new comedy Hormonal Housewives, which embarks upon a limited, three-week tour of Scotland next month.

Every woman knows the challenges of juggling a career, childcare and the role of domestic goddess: women were multi-tasking before men stopped wearing loincloths! Hormonal Housewives, an evening of excessive laughter, follows three women as they battle against weight loss, weight gain, mood swings, PMT, pelvic floor exercises, stretch marks, the onslaught of HRT, make-overs, waxing, men, chocolate, upper-lip hair, chocolate, chocolate…and all the other joys of being a 21st century girl!

Julie Coombe and Shonagh Price join Carol Smillie on stage. Written by Julie Coombe and John MacIsaac, Hormonal Housewives is produced by Michael Harrison.

You can catch this hilarious show at the following theatres in February and March 2010:

EDINBURGH, Festival Theatre, Tues 23 – Sat 27 February. 0131 529 6000/

GLASGOW, King’s Theatre, Mon 1 – Sat 6 Mar. 0844 871 7648/

INVERNESS, Eden Court Theatre, Tues 9 Mar. 01463 234 234/

DUNDEE, Caird Hall, Wed 10 Mar. 01382 434940/

ABERDEEN, His Majesty’s Theatre, Thurs 11 Mar. 01224 641122/



Carol Smillie is one of the UK’s most sought after presenters for television programmes, award ceremonies, corporate events, advertisements and charity work. Those who know her primarily from Changing Rooms may be surprised by the range of her work on and off the television. She has won a National TV Award, an Indie Award and was nominated for a BAFTA.

Carol began her career in showbusiness as the much publicised hostess on ITV's Wheel of Fortune, a role however, which denied her a chance to speak. She found her voice, and her feet, shortly after as one of the main reporters on BBC2's The Travel Show, and, after two years, she was snapped up as a regular on BBC1's Holiday, often fronting the show. BBC's Summer Holiday and Holiday Snaps quickly followed, and for three years in succession, she fronted The National Lottery.

However, the show she will always be known for is, of course, BBC television's Changing Rooms, the flagship DIY programme which changed the face of British television as we know it today. The programme earned Carol invitations to Buckingham Palace and Downing Street and the big red book on This Is Your Life. She has since fronted shows like Dream Holiday Home (C5), A Brush With Fame (ITV1), took part in Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1) winning 5th place and is currently hosting her own quiz show Postcode Challenge (STV).

She is very much in demand in the corporate market as a host for company conferences and award ceremonies, and was chosen to host the Duke of Edinburgh's 80th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall.


Originally from Glasgow, Julie grew up in Ayrshire and now lives in Edinburgh with her husband John and two sons, Harrison and Leo. Julie trained at Queen Margaret University when it was still a college – so that gives you an idea of how old she is and how hormonal! 

Since graduating in 1992 Julie has enjoyed a varied career in theatre, radio and television in productions ranging from Shakespeare to new writing to pantomime. Oh yes she has! Julie has also been a regular at The Stand Comedy Club for the past nine years.  A veteran of radio comedy, Julie is a familiar voice to listeners after six series of The Whyfront sketch show where she was called upon to summon up a veritable pot pourri of crazy characters and produce vocal pyrotechnics above and beyond the call of duty! In January 2010 Julie is recording the fourth series of the sitcom No Hard Feelings with John Gordon Sinclair for BBC Radio Scotland. 

From television comedy, buffs will recognise Julie from shows like Revolver where she got to work with some showbiz legends. Every day at work was like being on Jim’ll Fix It! And from BBC’s Live Floor Show where Julie flew the flag for the girls alongside some comedy big boys including Dara O’Briain, Frankie Boyle and Al Murray. Away from comedy Julie is probably best known to TV viewers from her role in River City as Scarlett’s nemesis Terri Johnstone – the tart without a heart! Julie was also seen in the Sunday night comedy drama Hope Springs where she played Alex Kingston’s lookalike the nice-but-dim Rhona Munro.

Julie’s ability to talk under water caught the interest of Edinburgh’s Talk 107 radio station and she was invited to co-present their Wild Women show which was a fantastic opportunity to explore a new aspect of broadcasting. In 2007 Julie had the pleasure of touring in The Vagina Monologues with Carol Smillie and is absolutely delighted to be working with her again on Hormonal Housewives.

Shonagh Price

Shonagh has worked extensively in theatre. Her credits include: Mums and Lovers (Theatre Oran Mor); Trumpets and Raspberries; All My Sons; The Winter’s Tale; Les Liasons Dangereuses; Pinocchio; Othello (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Losing Louis (Borderline Theatre Company); Damages (Rapture Theatre Company); Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (Scottish Tour); Black Comedy; She Stoops to Conquer and The Real Inspector Hound (Perth Repertory Theatre). Her television work includes: Rab C Nesbitt; Low Winter Sun; Taggart; The Sun Worshippers; Emmerdale; Take the High Road; Strathblair and The Negotiator. In film she has appeared in Outcast and her radio credits includes: Sunset Song; Best Friends (BBC Radio 4).

Contact: Ruth Findlay
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