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Sarah Millican: Typical Woman, Live Theatre

THE aftermath of divorce lasted a long time for Sarah Millican.

THE aftermath of divorce lasted a long time for Sarah Millican.

More than three years, in fact. Well, that’s what you get when you turn a real-life situation into an award-winning comedy show.

Since realising she had more than a knack for using a stage and a single mic to laugh-making effect, the stand-up lady from South Shields had been reworking and refining what became Sarah Millican’s Not Nice for audiences all over the place.

But once you take a show to Edinburgh – and especially when you win one of the big awards – it’s on borrowed time.

Hence Sarah (last year’s Fringe Best Newcomer) has been previewing her 2009 offering: Typical Woman for the past couple of months. And a double date at Newcastle’s Live Theatre provided a perfect pre-Fringe finishing line. Two sell-out crowds congregated on Wednesday night to see the show before collectively (and metaphorically in most cases) wetting themselves.

It’s official, folks, Ms Millican is not a one-trick pony.

A search for the differences between men and women is the broad and blank canvas she’s given herself. And she used the hour or so of show time to paint enough memorable pictures to fill a gallery ... although there’d have to be a decency warning slapped on a few of them.

Now happily not living with her long-term boyfriend, Sarah led us through a myriad of comparisons and sharp observations of gender-led behaviour ... lots of which are unrepeatable in a family newspaper.

With that in mind, you’ll just have to catch her holding court at Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh for the next month. I predict a four-star-review onslaught.


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