Comedy – Virginia Ironside in "The Virginia Monologues – Why
Growing Old is Great"
Wednesday, 8th June,
8pm, 60 minutes, no interval, age 12+
This show, directed by Nigel Planer, premiered at the
Edinburgh Fringe to great acclaim and has since played to sell-out gigs across
the UK. A doyenne of Fleet Street and agony aunt extraordinaire, she formerly
worked as a rock columnist on The Daily
Mail in the 60s, then became the problem page editor for the Sunday Mirror and Today magazine and now writes every Monday for the Independent. She's poised and polite,
with cut-glass diction and unexpectedly spot-on comic timing
When an agony aunt reaches sixty, she can lie like a
trooper, jump off a bridge – or take to the stage. Virginia Ironside explains
that unlimited free drugs, fun funerals, grandchildren and sex – or, even
better, no sex – make the sixties the best – and funniest – time of your life…
become, effectively, a stand-up comedian. Her show is really funny…. I urge you
to see it." Arthur Smith ‘Loose Ends' BBC Radio 4
of Fleet Street delivers her observations with precision, style and wit. Her
writing is beautiful, funny, sensible and smart – and her show, directed by The
Young Ones' Nigel Planer, is an absolute delight."
"…a gentle, life-affirming ramble through the joys
of being a sexagenarian – the bus passes, the bird-watching, the glamorous
dressing gowns. That description, though, hardly does justice to the sharpness
of the observation and writing here.
No stand-up show would be complete without a little
sex, drugs and rock'n'roll and Ironside covers all of these with great gusto,
from an ecstatic riff on the pleasures of pills, to intimate encounters with
old men "with chests like rolled-up Austrian blinds" and
reminiscences from her time as a rock columnist on The Daily Mail in the
Sixties. She doesn't shy away from death either in a beautifully judged segment
towards the end. This is a witty show for all ages, providing an oasis of
grown-up calm and wisdom …"