Preview: Lucy Porter, Wake Up Call

Preview: Lucy Porter, Wake Up Call

Following a successful run at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, comedian, actress, writer, voiceover artist and podcaster Lucy Porter is set to embark on a national tour of her critically acclaimed show ‘Wake Up Call’, bringing her to Totton and other dates across the region this spring.

 ‘Wake-Up Call’ is a show about revelations, realisations and epiphanies – both large and small. Subjects covered include: bin collection schedules, the novels of Jean Rhys, cats, school fair booze tombolas, the Scottish Enlightenment, pressure washers and Huel. It’s an exuberant, silly show with some wisdom sprinkled on top.

 The show takes its inspiration from the unwanted Wake Up Calls we all receive in life. Like a really good episode of Casualty, this show starts with a medical emergency, and then expands to talk about anxiety, grief, love, loss, shame and regret, with a bit of sauciness thrown in. 

 An antidote to “toxic positivity”, this show revels in healthy cynicism. The only reason Lucy has a “Live Laugh Love” sign on her house is that it’s more effective at keeping people away than “No Cold Callers”. Lucy does find joy and positivity in some of life’s bleaker moments, but she’s not going to try and inspire you – the show’s messages read less like motivational quotes, more like country music song titles: “It’s Hard to Have a Breakdown When You’re Already Broken”, “You’ll Never Meet a Man Called Keith who Doesn’t Own a Shed”, “If You Want a Peaceful Home, Don’t Marry a Banjo Player” etc.

  Lucy Porter is an established comedian, actress, writer, voiceover artist and podcaster. She is a regular face on our television screens, both with her acting work and her many appearances on some of the UK’s most beloved panel shows. She’s appeared on QI with both Sandi and Steven hosting, she’s been on Mock The Week, Have I Got News for You, and Would I Lie to You.

 Her acting work includes her recent stint in BBC1’s Eastenders as well as the phenomenally successful stage version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in Edinburgh and London, and she also has some good stories about being the reluctant star of a Japanese cartoon series. Lucy’s big passion is quizzing – she hosts the successful Podcast ‘Fingers on Buzzers’ alongside Jenny Ryan AKA The Chase’s Vixen.  

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 Her dates in the region include The Spring, Havant, on January 20 & 21, The Haymarket, Basingstoke on February 25, The Quay, The Isle of Wight, on May 4, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, on May 5 & 6, The Attic, Totton, on May 13 and Forest Arts Centre, New Milton on May 27 & 28.

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