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Terence Blacker: The Shock Of The Old

Monday 5 8.00pmJune


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Terence Blacker: The Shock Of The Old


Part of Medina Bookshop Events 2023

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Author and singer/songwriter Terence Blacker is here to regale us in words and song with his thoughts on growing old. Now touring theatres throughout the UK, the one-man show that reveals one of life’s great secrets – how to grow old with style in 2023.

Terence Blacker has been stressing over how to grow old happily and with style ever since he got his bus pass. ‘We know about growing pains,’ he says. ‘We never stock being told about the mid-life crisis. But what about the biggest, toughest challenge of all – the Shock of the Old?’

In his funny and perceptive new show, he faces up to the joys and pains of the passing years with songs, quotes, and anecdotes. It’s as if Victor Meldrew met Tom Lehrer for a none-too-serious debate about the meaning of life.

The result is a spirit-lifting and timely celebration of the art of not taking the ageing process lying down – about being, in the words of one of Terence’s songs, ‘not quite done’.

With directorial help from Dillie Keane. 70 minutes.

‘A bitter-sweet, life-affirming show, full of humour and terrific songs…Even if you hobble in, you’ll leave with a spring in your step.’ Virginia Ironside

‘The Shock of the Old blends sharp, knowing comedy with cracking tunes. You’re in for a treat.’ Craig Brown

‘A cracking show.’ Chorley Theatre