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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - AUTUMN SEASON -

OL­LOW­ING the huge suc­cess of her sold out solo UK tour in 2014, Dawn French, the Queen of Bri­tish com­edy, re­turns to the stage with five per­for­mances of her hugely pop­u­lar show 30 Mil­lion Min­utes.

She will be ap­pear­ing at se­lect venues across the coun­try in early Novem­ber be­fore she be­gins a strictly lim­ited run in Lon­don’s West End.

The new dates in­clude the Swan Theatre in High Wy­combe on Novem­ber 8. The award-win­ning ac­tor, best-selling nov­el­ist and all round very funny lady has writ­ten the show her­self, bas­ing it on her life and ca­reer. Tick­ets are on sale now.

The crit­i­cally ac­claimed 30 Mil­lion Min­utes con­sists of var­i­ous de­lights and riches, with the odd irk­some tribulation thrown in, as Dawn takes au­di­ences through the var­i­ous lessons life has taught her, and the things she knows for sure.

Book for this show, be­cause Dawn French is con­vinced it won’t be long be­fore she is far too doolally to per­form it!

The ev­i­dence is there for all to see. She is al­ready three quar­ters cer­ti­fi­ably daft.

The other quar­ter is ut­terly be­wil­dered. And the re­main­ing quar­ter sim­ply can’t do maths.

With a sharp eye for comic de­tail and a wicked ear for the ab­sur­di­ties of life, Dawn French of Cornwall shares how she has mis­guid­edly spent her whole life vig­or­ously at­tempt­ing to be a fully func­tion­ing fe­male hu­man.

Her ex­tra­or­di­nary lack of willpower, com­bined with an en­vi­able knack for nosey park­ing and show­ing off, has driven her to grap­ple with the big stuff of life in public.

30 mil­lion min­utes of life in fact. That’s how long she’s been alive, give or take a few min­utes here and there.

It’s also worth com­ing if only to fi­nally wit­ness what size she ac­tu­ally is.

Can we be­lieve the stolen im­ages of so many women’s mag­a­zines? What is the truth? Is she so un­fea­si­bly large that she can hardly live? Or does she sleep in a match­box? Marvel at how one woman can mer­ci­lessly mur­der so much cho­co­late, and yet re­main so cu­ri­ously slim…

Dawn says: “I shall be buy­ing new pants in hon­our of this ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to bring my show back to the­atres across the coun­try, so ev­ery au­di­ence mem­ber can re­lax in the knowl­edge that I will be fully con­tained and ut­terly fra­grant at all times.

“Look, it’s not a play, it’s not stand up, it’s not a mono­logue, it’s not a slide show, but it’s some­thing a bit like all of those with some alarm­ing ex­treme strip­tease thrown in.

“Please don’t bother with it if you don’t usu­ally en­joy your­self, it’s only for mar­vel­lous lovely peo­ple.

“All grumpy f******s should stay at home.

Dawn French

“Those of us who DO turn up, my­self in­cluded, will share an evening we won’t for­get in a hurry. I prom­ise that.”

30 Mil­lion Min­utes is pro­duced by Phil McIntyre En­ter­tain­ments. The show is di­rected by Michael Grandage. Set and Cos­tume De­sign by Lez Brother­ston. Light­ing De­sign by Wil­lie Wil­liams. Tick­ets for 30 Mil­lion Min­utes are on sale now.

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