Jenny Eclair schools us on how to be a middle-aged woman

This article is from 2015.

Jenny Eclair schools us on how to be a middle-aged woman

Perrier winner analyses the ageing process and wonders whether swearing is better than crying

Describing herself coyly, perhaps flirtatiously, as ‘semi-bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria’, comedian Jenny Eclair wants to seduce her crowd with the brand new show, How to Be a Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane).

As the title self-explains, south Londoner Eclair will be tackling issues of ageism by asking the (arguably also slightly ageist) question, ‘why are so many young people idiots?’ and ‘is swearing better than crying?’ By way of answer to her own last question, she reveals that ‘swearing doesn't leave your face looking like a massive swollen football with measles; I’m a very blotchy crier.’

Embarking on a UK tour in September, ‘to explore some of the bollocks that surrounds the ageing process’, Eclair’s 25-plus-year career boasts such highlights as being the first solo female winner of the Perrier Award in 1995, writing three novels, starring in stage shows Grumpy Old Women and The Vagina Monologues and coming third in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Eclair isn’t just back for a right old moan. She insists that there are also plenty positive sides to getting older. ‘You can spend your tampon money on pickles and relishes.’

Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)

Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna, but you won't catch her falling down any stairs at the Brit Awards. Her new show is about being middle aged and whether you're better off accepting it or fighting to the death.

The Camberley Theatre

Sun 22 Oct

£20.60 / 01276 707600

The Corn Exchange, Newbury

Fri 27 Oct

£20.60 / 0845 5218 218

Epsom Playhouse

Wed 22 Nov

£19.60 / 01372 742555

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