Reviewer: Matt Forrest
Lucy Porter brings her Consequences show to The Lowry and bounds on to stage armed with a bottle of port and Bon Bons: a little gift for regulars to her shows and a little something for those first timers. The show’s essence is a look at a problem we all have to face sooner or later: the ageing process – in particular turning 40.
During the first act, Porter introduces the show by explaining in some detail what impact married life and children have had on her, more specifically leaving the hustle and bustle of central London behind her and settling for the suburban life of Pinner….”located in zone five of the Transport for London Map no less”. This leads to a well-observed comparison between the zones on the map and Dante’s Inferno: rather cheekily Porter compares the residents of zone one, politicians and lawyers to those of Dante’s first circle of hell. Despite the rather cheery delivery, Miss Porter certainly isn’t pulling any punches tonight.
We are told that this show is for adults only and the second half is only suitable for those over 40: for those below (just scraping below I’m glad to say) our fate is in the hands of a 22-year-old gentlemen in the front row. Will the young man know who Jimmy Nail is? Would he rather “Netflix and chill” or Shake ‘N’ Vac? Despite a rather fabulous Porter led ‘sing-along’ of the rather irritating yet catchy jingle, this doesn’t help our ‘volunteer’ who as expected is quite abysmal at the quiz, but we under 40’s are allowed to stay, and what a treat it is too.
The simple yet brilliant narrative of the show is: What would the teenage version of Porter make of the middle-aged one we see before us? Would they still share the same views on politics and music? Would the 16-year-old approve of the life choices which have seen the 43-year-old end up as a ‘middle middle’ class stand-up comic?
This is a well crafted, witty show, filled with funny anecdotes and stories that are delivered in a friendly chatty manner. It seems like a catch up with an old friend and certainly draws you in. Porter is often self-deprecating about the life she now leads, which is brutal and hilarious in equal measure.
The premise of the show allows Porter the chance to discuss topics of the day such as politics and transgender issues. Certainly, the main strength of the show is when Porter speaks her mind which is often from the heart but certainly less preachy than other comics. She even has the audacity to have a dig at Queen (the band not the monarch) which may lead to instant alienation from the audience but she just about manages to keep them onside.
Consequences is a fun, thought-provoking routine and well worth catching. The big question now is: Do I go home and “Netflix and chill” or Shake ‘N’ Vac?… Best get the Henry out I suppose.
Reviewed on 26 November 2016 | Image: Contributed