Too Cool To Care
  • By Tom King
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  • 2nd Aug 2013
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  • ★★★★

There are many things that make for a successful comedian. For some it’s an original take on the world. For others, a way with words, a rhythm that simply triggers a smile. Some performers, though, engage you purely with their personality. Lolie Ware is one of those performers.

‘Too Cool to Care’ is the story of Ware’s life as a carer for a father with Alzheimer’s and a wheelchair-bound mother. But don’t be fooled by the title – as Lolie herself says at the outset, this show is about love.

Love for her parents, obviously, a love which is evident throughout the show. But love too for the others around her; the Pensioners Commune who helped her keep her parents’ day centre open, for the hotel staff who help her give her parents a special night, for the audience sat in front of her.

And within the fun, a little education. Because, it turns out, it’s hard to care. The burden these people carry, simply because they choose to pick up the gauntlet. Through the sleepless nights, the hospital visits, the constant fights to be heard. And, hardest of all, through being invisible to the people whose attention you need most.

Bittersweet material but then this show not exactly stand-up and it’s not what you’d call a play but it’s something more valuable than that – it’s a window into a world that very few see, created by a woman who can make that world not only interesting but compelling.

Too cool to care? Lolie cares alright. And it’s lovely.

Reviews by Tom King

Summerhall

A Fortunate Man

★★★
Underbelly, Cowgate

The Cat's Mother

★★★
The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4

Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack

★★★★
Traverse Theatre

Nigel Slater’s Toast

★★★
CanadaHub @ King's Hall in association with Summerhall

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

★★★★
Assembly George Square Gardens

Jess Robinson: No Filter

★★★★

The Blurb

"Too Cool To Care" is about my life as a carer. To survive caring you need to be fully SAS trained in, Patience, Irony, Loneliness and Laughter. Making me the bitter PILL. Most people wouldn't put comedy and caring together unless you've heard of the expression "If you don't laugh you'll cry?". After all what else can you do when your disabled mother gets cautioned by the police for carrying a lethal weapon, which actually turned out to be a paper protest crown she had made herself to demonstrate against the council closing her day centre. It was quite fetching on her really.