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Mercedes Benson Presents…The Pleasure is Yours

Mercedes Benson Presents…The Pleasure is Yours

8th September 2014

From the poster, you could be forgiven for thinking that Mercedes Benson is your run of the mill chav character, a la Catherine Tate’s ‘Am I Bovvered’. But, within minutes of ‘The Pleasure is Yours’, you realize that the material is much cleverer than one catchphrase.

Gemma Layton as Mercedes, talks us through the benefits of improving herself on her literacy course and her first experiences of ‘culture’ with her visit to see Macbeth (“about a man who sees daggers in front of him wherever he goes – I think it was set in Peckham”). Her poems are a particular delight (one of which is a ‘sonic’ – just like wot …

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Lynn-Ruth Miller - Not Dead Yet

Lynn-Ruth Miller - Not Dead Yet

27th August 2014

A fragile, diminutive figure totally belies the indomitable spirit which quickly becomes evident. Cowed by a food-obsessed mother and a father she adored but who appeared somewhat ambivalent to her, Lynn-Ruth toughened up and stood her ground.

Two failed marriages and a series of health and eating disorder issues, she resorted to her inner child to overcome some catastrophic happenings in her life. Her realisation that “angels never leave you” was her turning point.

And now at 80 she is enjoying the time of her life and still has so much to offer – not least in inspiration to others.

A moving and humorous life-story and lyrics delivered by a pint-sized troupe…

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Helen Orton's Fat Girl Slim

Helen Orton's Fat Girl Slim

26th August 2014

For the month of August, the Mash House was treated to Fat Girl Slim, Helen Orton's unique 'weight loss comedy' in support of the charity Beat (beating eating disorders).

Orton led an interactive show on Saturday afternoon inside a highly atmospheric venue, exploring weight gain, weight loss, and everything in between. Accompanied by an at times graphic Powerpoint presentation, Orton humorously discussed her competitive nature, her school attendance statistics, and how this nature inspired her to become 'fat girl slim'.

Orton is a confident and likeable performer; personally seating the audience while providing an early insight into her chatty, energetic style.…

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Susan Calman: Lady Like

Susan Calman: Lady Like

22nd August 2014

Susan Calman is a timelord. She can make one hour seem like to minutes. When she took her bow I thought it was because there was an interval. Such time travel skills make her an excellent candidate for realising her ambition and becoming the next Doctor Who. I completely understand why she took the liberty of dressing in Doctor Who like attire for the posters for her new sell out show 'Lady Like'.

'Lady Like' is not about her 'lesbitarianism', nor is it about being delicate and well mannered. It's about Susan liking herself. It's a great shame that a comic talent such as Susan finds herself hard to like. With tales of threatening ponies in Iceland with …

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Sarah Kendall touches down

Sarah Kendall touches down

21st August 2014

Sarah Kendall is one of my favourite comedians. Not because she is wearing the same Oxford bag jeans and checked shirt that she wore when I first saw her over a decade ago (that would be a minus as she’s had children since then!) or that her pre-Raphaelite looks bely her ripe antipodean turn of phrase (I know, quaint eh?).  It’s because she has really owned the C-word for all that time too. She uses it in an understated gentle way more in line with its use as a Scottish ‘term of endearment’ than a harsh expletive that makes you wince when the reality of its meaning hits you between the eyes.

This show explores the real story behind a school days misdemeano…

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