Disclaimer: I am at least a few decades shy of Virginia Ironside’s target demographic. Nevertheless, I found myself won over by The Independent columnist’s “frank and forthright” (not to mention funny) account of growing old. There’s no doubt that Ironside is witty and erudite, and she’s a fine public speaker, but the show did lack a certain performance aspect. Much of her material was tame observational comedy; simply describing things her audience was familiar with, and waiting for the “ooh”s of recognition. One extended section consisted of her describing various print adverts: why not show the ads? A baffling choice. Though a slight let-down as a live show, this would have made a great column.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-26 Aug (not 14, 21).
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Leask]