Quarter Life Crisis

If you are looking for an unpretentious, heart-warming comedy show at the festival, Quarter Life Crisis is where you will find it. Performed by the loveable and relatable Yolanda Mercy this piece of spoken word comedy tackles an issue many people in their twenties face; the impending doom of adulthood. Alicia is about to turn 26; still living at home, working zero-hour contracts, swiping from left to right on Tinder in search of her perfect partner. She feels unequipped and unprepared to face the pressures of being a ‘proper’ grown-up.

You will leave this show with a massive smile on your face

Mercy uses multimedia, spoken word, hugs and high fives to tell her story. She invites us into her world of drunken nights out, awkward one-night stands, grime music, her somewhat patronising cousin’s wedding, her part time job at Lush and her traditional Nigerian roots. Through intelligent multimedia, she uses hilarious emoji equations to sum up her day. This show is packed with laugh out loud moments and clever observations. My favourite moment was her asking a guy in a club if he had herpes of the mouth. Genius!

Although this show is a light hearted comedy, it touches on a number of issues including immigration, race and expectations placed on women and young people today. Mercy has a talent for highlighting these issues through seamless, down to earth comedy. In this show we get a great insight into life as a second generation migrant living in London.

Quarter life Crisis is a good time and Mercy wins over her audience with her infectious honesty, booty shaking and optimistic attitude. I guarantee you will leave this show with a massive smile on your face, a full heart and a new friend.

Reviews by Lynn Rusk

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The Blurb

Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn't know what she's doing with her life. Swiping left, swiping right to find the perfect match. Even though she's a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends. Everyone around her seems to know where they're going in life, but she's trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard. What does it mean to be an adult, and when do you become one? Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive basslines, spoken word and audience participation. Part of Underbelly Untapped.