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One Woman Show at Ambassadors Theatre | Review

Liz Kingsman king of comedy. Or Queen Liz comedy Queen. Either way, she is genuinely funny. And I mean funny, laugh-out-loud funny. This is 70 minutes of pure comedy gold. Just as Harry Enfield captured the mood of the 1980s or Ricky Gervais in the 2000s so Liz Kingsman has captured the feel of now, today, right here right now. Buy, bribe, borrow, beg, blag or any which way you can but just get a ticket. This is a must-see show. Enthralling, captivating, exhilarating but above all funny. Funny, funny, funny.

One Woman Show - Photo credit Ellie Kurttz.
One Woman Show – Photo credit Ellie Kurttz.

In a dramatic monologue of extraordinary originality and force, Liz gives an astonishing 70-minute non-stop stand-up routine which breaks all the rules and taboos and allows her to be outrageously funny and so allows us to laugh. She feeds off the audience and we feed off her energy. It’s a real live event in that sense. We are not laughing at her but with her. The energy between her and the audience last night was electric. The joint was jumping. Her intelligence is subtle and surprising. Her timing is perfect. She takes the audience every step of the way. And the audience go with her because she’s so watchable. Or as she would say relatable.

The routine is clearly autobiographical as it’s about herself. A late twenties single woman living in London. But her take on herself is utterly unique. Part social observation part surrealist fantasy Liz weaves together a series of moments from her everyday life that are recognisable but at the same time zany, weird and as funny as a Marx brothers film.

Her physical stage presence is total. Her energy and moves on stage are mesmerisingly dynamic and compelling. She is comic in everything she does. Her pauses are exquisite moments of comic timing. She can capture a character in a hand gesture. Her voices are pitch-perfect. And the millisecond switching from one to another is remarkable. Even her costumes are funny. She has one prop – a chair. But even Christine Keeler never uses a chair as Liz does.

Watching One Woman Show is like listening to someone talking to themselves. It’s as if we are inside Liz’s head as she talks to herself throughout the day. We get to hear the stuff that usually remains inside someone’s own private thoughts. Obviously, these are the thoughts that are the interesting ones. The ones that we all think but never say in public. Well, the beauty of this show is that we get a ringside seat as Liz reveals all. What it’s really like to be a twenty-something single woman in London in 2022. She’s outrageously funny. Astonishingly funny. Seriously funny.

5 Star Rating

Review by John O’Brien

Following sensational critical acclaim One Woman Show played sold-out runs at Soho Theatre London and Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and was called “the single hottest ticket in the capital right now” (Time Out).

Liz Kingsman’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show within a show is “an uproarious spoof” (Telegraph) of the genre it borrows its title from, and was listed as The Guardian’s Number 1 Comedy Event of 2021.

A bold, irreverent, raw, moving and triumphant celebration of adjectives, this blurb will nail down nothing. This is a show so unflinching you’ll be begging for a flinch.

Ambassadors Theatre
Wed 14 Dec 2022 – Sat 21 Jan 2023
West St, London WC2H 9ND
Age guidance 14+

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  • John OBrien

    JOHN O’BRIEN born in London in 1960 is a born and bred Londoner. His mother was an illiterate Irish traveller. His early years were spent in Ladbroke Grove. He was born at number 40 Lancaster Road. In 1967 the family was rehoused in Hackney. He attended Brooke House School for Boys in Clapton, - as did Lord Sugar. He became head boy and was the first person in his family to make it to university, gaining a place at Goldsmiths College in 1978. He took a degree in Sociology and a PGCE . From 1982 until 1993 he taught at schools in Hackney and Richmond. In 1984-85 he attended Bristol University where he gained a Diploma in Social Administration. From 1985 until 1989 he studied part-time in the evenings for a degree in English Literature at Birkbeck College. He stayed on at Birkbeck from 1990-1992 to study for an MA in Modern English Literature. He left teaching in 1993 and has worked as a tutor, researcher, writer and tour guide. He leads bespoke guided tours on London’s history, art , architecture and culture. He has attended numerous courses at Oxford University - Exeter College, Rewley House & Kellogg College. In London, he attends courses at Gresham College, The National Gallery, The British Museum, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The British Academy and The Royal Society. Read the latest London theatre reviews by all reviewers.

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