Ladies Live Longer - Ladylike (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Ladies Live Longer - Ladylike

Charismatic if clumsy sketch outing

Two performers with energy oozing from their fingertips, the Ladies fire through a series of skits and songs in which they appear convincingly posh one minute, and quite credibly chavvy the next. Louise Fitzgerald and Victoria Temple-Morris are the pair behind Ladies Live Longer, an act which is perfectly suited to keep a crowd’s attention focussed in such a sweltering and cosy surrounding.

Their brand of musical comedy doesn’t really hit any nails on heads, and attention does seem to slide from the room during these moments: and can we please have an amnesty in 2013 on nice white people doing rap spoofs? The audience participation with a pair of senior gents is forced and flat (let’s not attach blame onto the very game blokes for that, though) while the twosome’s finest moments revolve around a graduation day and a mother trying in vain to deal with her errant children. One other thing, though: are cheek mics really necessary in a venue as intimate and non-stadium as this? It’s C nova, not the SECC.

C nova, 0845 260 1234, until 27 Aug, 3.30pm, £8.50--£9.50 (£6.50--£7.50).

Ladies Live Longer: Ladylike

  • 3 stars

A window into the world of the winners and losers of life: we have herded them into a cul-de-sac where they entertain, gesticulate, satirise, howl and sing. Part characters, part stand-up, part audience participation, the show is cultured yet crass. (Please note deliberate avoidance of the words women, musical or sketch…

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