Author Virginia Ironside to perform ‘granny stand-up’ at Redbridge Drama Centre

PUBLISHED: 10:32 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:35 22 April 2013

Virginia Ironside

Virginia Ironside


After a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, journalist and novelist Virginia Ironside returns with her hilarious one-woman show.

The agony aunt, who writes regular columns for The Independent, will discuss everything from fun funerals, grandchildren and free drugs in Growing Old Disgracefully, which she defined as, “granny stand-up”.

Written by Virginia and directed by Nigel Planer, the show delves into what it is like to turn 60 as she talks about visiting the “Blue Rinse Mountains”.

She said: “It all came about in 2009 after I had been speaking at various literary festivals and found out that I could make people laugh.

“It is a ‘jokey’ monologue in which I talk about being old and a little about my own life and experiences.

“It was quite daunting at first as I had never done anything like it, but I was amazed at my confidence which is one of the positives of getting old.”

Virginia’s varied career started as a journalist and in the 1960s she wrote a rock column for the Daily Mail.

She was an agony aunt at Woman magazine, where she stayed for 10 years, and since then has worked as problem page editor for the Sunday Mirror and Today.

Her many books include No! I Don’t Need Reading Glasses, No! I Don’t Want To Join A Bookclub and The Virginia Monologues: Twenty Reasons Why Growing Old Is Great.

She will be at Redbridge Drama Centre, Lovegrove Theatre, Churchfields, South Woodford, on Friday at 8pm. To book call 020 8708 8803.

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