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REVIEW: Lauren Pattison at Newcastle Alphabetti
Lauren Pattison - Lady Muck
Newcastle Alphabetti Theatre
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Photo: Andy Hollingworth
Pattison’s funny tales of life living as a young North Eastern comic living in London performed to sold out crowds at the
Edinburgh Fringe this summer. She paid a visit to Newcastle’s fringe venue to show why she was
nominated as the Best Newcomer.
graduated with a first class bachelors degree and a masters degree and wanted
to make it as a female stand up comic. Recognising that opportunities for
success were limited in her native Newcastle she decided to up sticks and head
to London. Sure, she was going to pay far
more rent for a much smaller room and have to share the house with total
strangers, but that was worth leaving behind a long term boyfriend. After all,
long term relationships can work, cant they?
looks at the sacrifices needed to make a successful career in entertainment
work. This includes the other work that one has to do to pay the bills, living
away from the natural support network and being in a middle class world full of
southerners with different values. Lauren mixes sharp wit with great
observational skills. This isn’t an hour with a female Peter Kay though. Rather than
generalities, the audience are taken through a very personal journey and it is
that genuine emotional attachment that sets Lauren apart from a number of her
peers. She isn’t trying to be funny, she is funny.
Photo: Andy Hollingworth
a fast style of delivery and she covers a lot in the hour. In her amazing
sparkling boots (I want a pair!) she isn’t afraid to swear but she doesn’t, in
my mind, get offensive. Certainly she is no more offensive than virtually any
other comic. She is a champion of both
her northern and working class roots. She doesn’t apologise for what she has
been through or where she has come from. And why should she? There are poignant
moments to her story too. The pressure on image that young people are put
through in an age of easy access social media is stark.
This was a
homecoming gig and a number of people in the room knew her - including a number
of her old school teachers. You can see why they talk so highly of her and why
they want to continue to support her as she launches into her career. Let’s
make no mistake, Lauren has what it takes to make regular appearances on tv.
out crowd at Alphabetti continued to applaud long after the house lights came
back on. We had witnessed the start of a very promising, and hopefully long,
career in comedy.