Diane Spencer: All-Pervading Madness

Diane Spencer or ‘Lady Di’ as she is sometimes known, bounces onto stage. She’s pretty and likable and has a cute story about a ferret hijacking her mother’s car. Aww, how sweet, what a nice show this will be: a few smiles and some laughter, what a charming afternoon! From here Spencer goes on to talk about one particular journey back home from a gig. She describes she has blood on her t-shirt and how it has gotten there. The tone of the show then begins to change. It becomes dirty and confessional. Her story is structured around her journey home as she throws in anecdotes along the way, which become increasingly outrageous. An apparently sweet story of a Sunday morning turns into a sex nightmare, after which you will never look at walnuts the same way again. This is the first of many sex stories which all include sweet Spencer saying and doing unconventional and outrageous things, like trying to get herself thrown out of a strip club by molesting the stripper. This took her several attempts. Even though some of these stories are a bit gross, they are funny and she delivers them well. Spencer is never deterred and always races on in a spirited way.The show provokes a mixture of horror and laughter from the audience but she delivers it all with sweetness. Spencer is naughty and nice and maybe a little mad too.

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The Blurb

2011's breakout comedy star tells 'a cleverly inter-woven series of dark, edgy and hilarious experiences' (TheatreReview.org.nz) covering one journey home descending into madness. 'Winsome and devilish' (Guardian). **** (Chortle.co.uk). **** (ThreeWeeks). Chortle Best Newcomer 2011.

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