Does geography shape your destiny?
Elfin comic Lucy Porter asks this question in her new stand-up show ‘Northern Soul’, coming soon to Lancaster.
A regular visitor to these parts, the bubbly Londoner claims that despite being born in Croydon, the North is her spiritual home.
In her teenage years she was seduced by the music of Morrissey, the art of David Hockney and the politics of Dennis Skinner. Then, she says, she was seduced by the kissing of an actual man from Bury.
Lucy moved to Manchester and then Liverpool. As much as she loved her time there, she didn’t find the sense of completion she’d yearned for.
Stand-up comedy has allowed Lucy to travel the world and she’s acquired a taste for the exotic (she even married a Welshman) but she’s still – like the Littlest Hobo – waiting to find a place to settle down.
Revealing the best and worst places in the UK to do stand-up, Lucy asks how much we should be defined by our birthplace, and how hard it is to shake off one’s roots. Is it more difficult to stop being a Catholic or being from Croydon?
Lucy can currently be heard on Radio 4 shows including ‘The Unbelievable Truth’ and ‘Jo Caulfield’s Speakeasy’.
A veteran ‘talking head’, the variedmix of topics she has discussed or paid tribute to on BBC2, ITV, Radio 4 and Sky Arts include: The Bradshaws, Clive Dunn, Now That’s What I Call Music, Mark E Smith, Coventry and the colour green.
Lucy is also the voice of Playstation’s online magazine ‘Access’, and consequently gets quite a few 15-year-olds turning up to her shows expecting her to talk about ‘God of War’ and ‘Skyrim’.
After a few years of enforced absence, Lucy roared back to the Fringe in 2012 with her critically acclaimed show ‘People Person’ which she subsequently took on a 42 date tour of arts centres & theatres in 2013. Her Lancaster show will be at The Dukes Theatre on Saturday, September 14. Tickets available by calling 01524 598500 or from The Dukes box office.