Janey Godley (3 stars)

Family tale from straight-talking Glaswegian

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This article is from 2008.

Jane Godley

The title of this show, Domestic Godley, doesn’t refer to the cooking, cleaning, dinner parties ‘domestic goddess’ stereotype. Janey Godley’s candid stand-up is specific to her east end of Glasgow upbringing and subsequently eventful life. With a murdered mother, husband with Asperger’s, well-educated daughter and brother with drug problems, she doesn’t lack domestic material to plunder.

Godley starts and ends with her straight-talking, hard as nails mammy, taking in her lack of natural parenting aptitude, the poverty of her 1960s childhood and the eternal difference between men and women. She combines hackneyed subjects with a wealth of personal experience to create punchlines that land with a kick of authenticity.

Talking in the manner of a friendly chat, albeit a filthy one, Godley welcomes the audience into the room one by one, imploring them to join her family, in immensely likable style. She’s keen to pass on any wisdom gleaned from her mother, the most useful of which is probably, ‘If in doubt talk about your fanny’.
Not quite from the Nigella Lawson school of domesticity then.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 7pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50).

This article is from 2008.

Janey Godley

  • 3 stars

Another tale of family life from the prolific Janey Godley.

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