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Other Palace, London

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When an agony aunt reaches seventy, she can lie like a trooper, jump off a bridge – or take to the stage. In Virginia Ironside’s case, she’s still an agony columnist for the Independent – and writes a column for the Oldie, but she also performs her own one-woman show, Growing OId Disgracefully.

The show arose out of performing at literary festivals to publicise her book, “No! I Don’t Want to Join a Bookclub!” which was then followed by “No! I Don’t Need Reading Glasses!” Now, a few years later, her new book “Yes! I Can Manage Thank You!” has come out, and she’s still on the road. In her show she explains why unlimited free drugs, fun funerals, grandchildren and sex – or, even better, no sex – make the sixties the best (and funniest) time of your life

Directed by Nigel Planer, this “grannie stand-up” premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and last year (2014) she did another stint at Edinburgh to sell-out audiences.

 ‘The label ‘stand-up’ has been attached to this show but Ironside is far wiser and kindlier than a nightclub comic.’ The Spectator

‘Funny, sensible and smart.. an absolute delight’ The Scotsman

‘Virginia’s become, effectively, a stand-up comedian. Her show is really funny. I urge you to see it.’ Arthur Smith on Loose Ends BBC R4

‘Life-affirming ramble through the joys of being a sexagenarian, delightfully refreshing addition to the scene.. beautifully judged… This is a witty show for all ages’  Independent

‘Honest, irreverent, frank charm. Beautiful humour and perfect poise. This is a five-star show’ British Theatre Guide.


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Performance dates

25 October - 1 November, 2015

Venue Information

Other Palace12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA