Lucy Porter: Consequences

In her latest hour, family favourite Lucy Porter reflects on her younger, more radical self with trademark warmth and verve.

An infectiously cheerful hour from a natural performer

‘If you’re in your twenties, this show is not for you’, she says as she stands beside a drinks trolley, doling out sherry to members of the audience. ‘There’s lots of adult material in here: grouting, caravan holidays…’ Consequences is a show about getting older and the accompanying slide from the radical to the mundane. Porter is a pleasure to watch and a generous performer, easing us in with some light audience interaction and a brilliant bit on London’s travel zones as Dante’s circles of hell.

People flock to Porter’s performances for her conversational, easygoing persona and beautifully-recounted anecdotes, and the sold-out auditorium is filled with the young and old alike. She’s universally appealing and makes it look simple, deftly weaving safer material about her sixteen-year-old self with the more political stuff on censorship, safe-spaces and transphobia. Despite an odd bit about the deradicalisation of extremists and a joke about being “pan”-sexual, Porter overall does a wonderful job of making accessible issues which her generally older audience might not otherwise engage with.

This is a well-crafted show which gifts us plenty of callbacks and pleasingly wraps them up at the end. An infectiously cheerful hour from a natural performer, there’s nothing to shock in Consequences, but that’s the charm of it. It certainly makes you want to have a natter with Lucy Porter over a cuppa: the perfect teatime treat.

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The Blurb

A brand new stand-up show from the perennial Fringe favourite who's also a regular on TV and radio (QI, Mock the Week, The News Quiz). Lucy's festival shows are always sell-out hits and 2016 promises to be no exception. This is a heartfelt and hilarious hour of personal revelation and political observation. Lucy will cover some or all of the following: censorship, generational conflict, theological ethics, home-brewing, quizzing, Britpop of the 1990s, falconry and Gary Wilmot. Book early! 'Impeccably punch lined anecdotes... Genuinely delightful' **** (Telegraph). 'A treat from start to finish' ***** (Herald).