Lucy makes a trip to the Palace

After a very successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, comedian Lucy Porter is back on the road with her 15th stand up tour which reaches the Palace Theatre, Southend, on October 6.

Not resting on her laurels after giving those 15 hours of entertainment to the world (that’s the equivalent of five Bravehearts or 9.57 Trainspottings) Lucy, a regular on TV comedy panel shows, is returning with Be Prepared – a show all about dealing with life’s difficulties.

When Lucy was in the 3rd Croydon Brownies, she thought she was being taught everything she’d need to succeed in life. All a girl required to stay safe and sound was an emergency 10p for the phone box, a length of string and a penknife. Now there are no phone boxes, and carrying a knife is generally frowned upon. At least she’s still got her piece of string.

The Brownie motto was ‘Be Prepared’ but over the years, Lucy has time and again found herself taken unawares by the universe, and utterly unready for the challenges she’s faced.

Now she is faced with working out what her own kids need to equip them for the modern world. She’s enrolled them in Beavers and Cub Scouts, and they’re off camping in the woods just like mum did at their age.

Are the old-fashioned skills of pathfinding and fire-building still useful in our technologically rich age? Will they in fact need to be mini-Bear Grylls to cope with the apocalyptic wasteland we’ve caused with global warming?

Tickets for the show at the Palace Theatre, Southend, can be obtained from: or by calling the box office on 01702 351135.


Mick Ferris

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