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Review of Sara Pascoe Vs History at Royal & Derngate (Royal), Northampton

There was a rather superb magic moment shared by those present at Sara Pascoe Vs History last night that I have reservations of whether I want to think it was totally spontaneous or not. I like to think that we have been the only ones to share that moment on Miss Pascoe's tour, but then I also like to think maybe not, as I would feel sad on other audiences not to have experienced it. Suffice to say it involved last comers and music. I hope you enjoyed it if you were there, despite any dignity that may have been lost as a result. I know I did (lost any dignity that is).

Anyway, to business. This was my first time watching a live stand up show and on this first experience perhaps I may go again. Miss Pascoe has a really rather delightful stage presence and an incredibly sharp wit. The loose premise of the show is that she quite frankly lays her life history and love life bare while intermingling the history of the title. So as she talks of such things as to whether she needs her friends once she has her man. she somehow then of all things links this into Adolf Hitler's love life. Then we might swing into some Freud and with a little bit of vagina action as well. It all gets rather graphic and intimate at times, but always constantly amusing, although maybe the squirmy version at times. There is also comedy from social comment gained, in particular a really rather great spin on the Page 3 controversy. I could see it work, actually I would like to see if work. You had to be there.

It is all very lady comedy in theory, but I didn't notice many gents not having a laugh most of the time. It was as I say all very rude in content, but I took great pleasure in the fact that this was no potty mouthed comedy. Hardly did a crude word pass Miss Pascoe's delightful lips during the show, so therefore take note those immature acts that have to add a swear word every other. If you think you are funny, there really quite clearly is no need for a f or three, as proven by this show.

It was an extremely funny evening from an up and coming performer that I am sure (hope) is really going to go places, even beyond QI! When the opportunity arises I shall certainly be back for more and I recommend you having a look as well. In the meantime, I am now going to prepare for the pleasures of March 1st...

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Performance reviewed: Thursday 5th February, 2015 at the Royal & Derngate (Royal), Northampton.

Sara Pascoe Vs History was performed at the Royal & Derngate (Royal) on Thursday 5th February, 2015 only. Her website for future tour dates can be found at http://www.sarapascoe.com/

For further details about the Royal & Derngate visit their website at http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/


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