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Preview: Anna Nicholson: Woman of the Year
writer/actor performs her debut character comedy show in her hometown first
before taking it to the Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and London.
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
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
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
and subtlety employing her in-built comic timing. Her performance style and warm demeanourare reminiscent of Victoria Wood and Joyce Grenfell,
but with a fresh flair and exuberant energy that appeals to a wide-ranging
Nicholson’s charming writing presents relatable
characters and in her distinctive and engaging style uses comedy to comment on
hot social topicsincluding the impact of social media, millennial ambition and female empowerment.
Woman of the Year is directed by Neil Armstrong, North-East director and
BBC sit-com writer James Cary
provides creative development and script oversight for the show. James wrote
and directed sketch show A Monk’s Talein
2017, inwhich 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.
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)