Heading from your TV screen to a theatre near you, Lucy Porter is set to embark on a national tour with her smash hit Edinburgh Fringe show Choose Your Battles from 2nd February 2018.
Have you ever wished you’d told that awful boss where to stick that lousy job? Dumped an ex before they dumped you? Not backed down when someone nicked your parking space? Life is full of arguments we wish we’d had, or wish we’d won, but it’s also common to regret confrontation.
As someone with a lifelong fear of making a scene, Lucy Porter has always erred on the side of caution when it comes to conflict. When she was a single, self-employed, stand-up comedian, it was never that much of a problem as she spent 99% of her time alone. Now that Lucy’s a wife, mother and pillar of the local community, she is finding it a lot tougher. In marriage guidance and parenting manuals, the received wisdom is that you should choose your battles and not sweat the small stuff, but how do you know when to stand your ground?
For example, if a child refuses to go to a wedding unless they can dress as The Incredible Hulk, what should you do? Lucy decided to take the path of least resistance, only to be faced with a tearful bride and a bill for ruined wedding photos.
Using secret ballots, visual aids and a punchbag with the face of Mary Berry, Lucy works out (with the audience’s help) when she should stick to her guns and fight, and when she can use her disarming charm to defuse a situation.
Lucy is a comedy hit across the globe, taking her distinctive, bouncy, feel-good comedy to Hong Kong, Manila, Switzerland, Paris and the USA. Back home, she has toured the UK multiple times to critical acclaim and played some of the country’s biggest festivals including Latitude and Kilkenny.
Lucy is a regular face on TV, having appeared on QI, Mock the Week, Argumental, Insert Name Here, Have I Got News for You, Clive Anderson’s Chat Room, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, What the Dickens?, Room 101, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Pointless, The Chase, Celebrity Mastermind, and Celebrity Storage Hunters. On radio, she has been heard on Life – An Idiot’s Guide, Heresy, The Personality Test, The News Quiz, Dilemma, The Unbelievable Truth, and The Radcliffe & Maconie Show. Lucy is also an accomplished actor having played Nurse Flinn in the critically acclaimed, box-office record breaking One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in Edinburgh and London’s West End, alongside Christian Slater.
“You emerge from this elegantly constructed show feeling appropriately and entirely in love with life”
– Daily Telegraph
“She is like your witty friend who’s always brilliant company down the pub. Many stand-ups would give their non-drinking arms to be able to transfer that kind of sparkling barroom bonhomie to the stage and Porter does it effortlessly”
– The Scotsman
“refreshingly breezy…someone who finds sweetness even in a man that stole her credit card. Porter is a kitten with enduring appeal” ★★★★
“brilliantly crafted jokes. This is get happy comedy at its very best” ★★★★★
– Time Out
“plenty of great gags and superbly worked material” ★★★★
– Edinburgh Evening News
“pure comic alchemy”
– The Herald
“how does Porter do it? For the past few years she’s turned around a consistently good full hour of new material with a coherent theme and gags that hit the mark time after time…Her shows are perfectly formed and her consistent audiences prove it” ★★★★
“Rich with fine routines … an endearing hour”
– The Guardian
02-Feb-18 READING SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE
03-Feb-18 FAREHAM ASHCROFT ARTS CENTRE
09-Feb-18 BORDON PHOENIX THEATRE
10-Feb-18 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD OLD TOWN HALL
11-Feb-18 LEICESTER THE COOKIE
14-Feb-18 BRIGHTON KOMEDIA
16-Feb-18 COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE
17-Feb-18 NEW MILTON FOREST ARTS CENTRE
23-Feb-18 FARNHAM MALTINGS
24-Feb-18 SWINDON ARTS CENTRE
02-Mar-18 HAVANT THE SPRING
03-Mar-18 EPSOM PLAYHOUSE
07-Mar-18 HARLOW PLAYHOUSE
08-Mar-18 SOUTHEND PALACE THEATRE
09-Mar-18 COVENTRY WARWICK ARTS CENTRE
10-Mar-18 GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL
15-Mar-18 ALDERSHOT WEST END CENTRE
16-Mar-18 CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION
17-Mar-18 FINCHLEY ARTS DEPOT
23-Mar-18 MAIDENHEAD NORDEN FARM
24-Mar-18 DIDCOT CORNERSTONE
05-Apr-18 KENDAL BREWERY ARTS CENTRE
06-Apr-18 BARNARD CASTLE THE WITHAM
07-Apr-18 NORTHALLERTON THE FORUM
13-Apr-18 OTLEY COURTHOUSE
14-Apr-18 SELBY TOWN HALL
15-Apr-18 SALFORD LOWRY
20-Apr-18 NORTHAMPTON ROYAL & DERNGATE
18-May-18 CANTERBURY MARLOWE THEATRE
19-May-18 SHREWSBURY THEATRE SEVERN
14-Jul-18 HENLEY HENLEY FESTIVAL