North-East writer/actor performs her debut character comedy show in her hometown first before taking it to the Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and London.
Anna Nicholson: Woman of the Year
Newcastle Holy Trinity Church
Friday 4th May 2018
Written and performed by Anna Nicholson
Creative Development by James Cary
Directed by Neil Armstrong
Music and Voiceover by Bobby Goulder
In a time where female equality and liberation are top talking points comes a refreshingly light-hearted and charming character comedy show which celebrates entertaining, endearing and empowered women.
Through a combination of monologue, song and audience interaction, meet the five nominees for this year’s Woman of the Year award. From a hero-seeking teenager, to an it-girl vlogger giving the ‘best’ advice, to a bra-saleswoman stirring up the next generation. Who will be crowned the winner?
The audience are invited to get to know this delightful mismatch of women who, despite comic flaws, are all striving to make a positive impact on the world, even if they (endearingly, often spectacularly) don’t quite hit the mark!
Each character appears twice allowing for their stories to unfold. The audience then cast their vote for their winner at the end of the show.
Anna Nicholson plays five contrasting characters with confidence, versatility and subtlety employing her in-built comic timing. Her performance style and warm demeanour are reminiscent of Victoria Wood and Joyce Grenfell, but with a fresh flair and exuberant energy that appeals to a wide-ranging audience.
Nicholson’s charming writing presents relatable characters and in her distinctive and engaging style uses comedy to comment on hot social topics including the impact of social media, millennial ambition and female empowerment.
Woman of the Year is directed by Neil Armstrong, North-East director and writer.
BBC sit-com writer James Cary provides creative development and script oversight for the show. James wrote and directed sketch show A Monk’s Tale in 2017, in which Nicholson starred. The show received critical acclaim from The Guardian and The Times, had a highly successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a sellout 99-date UK tour.
Anna Nicholson says: “I am really excited to perform my first ever solo show in my hometown. The support from Newcastle audiences has always been very special and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the tour.”
The show celebrates the diversity of ordinary women in this country. It is empowering for women without being a ‘feminist’ show.
Running time: 1 hour
4th May - Holy Trinity Church, Newcastle, NE2 1HB
11th-13th May - St Andrews Church, Hove, Brighton Fringe (as ‘Nicknacks’)
12th-13th July - Museum of Comedy, London
19th July - Arts Theatre, London
20th July - Canal Café, London
2nd – 26th August - Just the Tonic, Edinburgh Fringe (not 13th)
Friday 4th May 2018 8pm
Newcastle Holy Trinity Church, NE2 1HB
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