BY LORNA SHAW
Theatre. 26th Jan, 21:30, £9.
Fusing clown, stand-up and music this show is a celebration of what it means to be none in a million and afflicted with a serious case of social media induced FOMO.
Ava has reached her thirties and is worried her opportunities to be a “success” in life are running out. Google tells her she’s too old to be a world class athlete, ballet dancer or classical pianist, but is right on track for a successful career in stand-up comedy.
Aided by a loop pedal, guitar and catchy pop backing tracks, the show charts Ava’s mental and emotional journey from hopeful to delusional to cynical and back again. Clown vignettes and an overly confessional stand-up routine also feature in this neurotic comedy about coming to terms with being average.
“Strong, simple melodies and Shaw’s guitar playing and vocal ability make for an album of pop hits.”
– ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Brilliant skits and bonkers characters”
– ★★★★ The Times (Praise for That Pair)
Lorna is one half of the fast paced comedy duo That Pair. Best-known for their live performances, their gigs combine sketches, stand-up, clowning and musical comedy.
In 2014 their show Never Liked Her Anyway transferred from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Soho Theatre, they were Funny Women Awards finalists in 2012 and they have also performed on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama.
Lorna trained in Acting at Bretton Hall where she graduated with first class honours. Since then she has worked as an actor, musician, comedian and writer and toured with numerous theatre companies in the UK and abroad. Recent credits include; ‘Newsjack’ (BBC Radio 4), Emma, ‘Dwain Chambers: Life Guru’ (BBC3 Online), Mary Wollstonspacecraft in ‘The Midnight Beast’ (E4) Nina, Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ (Shifting Sands).
Lorna is also a regular on the London improv scene performing with her troupe, My Brother, Jose.