Rosie Wilby presents: The Breakup Monologues
As part of our What’s Love Got To Do With It season, award-winning comedian, author and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, is back at Poplar Union with her critically acclaimed live podcast, The Breakup Monologues. And this night’s recording will be the second series finale!
What to expect
Rosie and acclaimed performer pals look back at their best and worst romantic breakup stories and discuss ghosting, divorce parties, open relationships and more. Tragedy plus time equals comedy, right?
Guests on the night include co-host of the Self-Renovators podcast Caroline Mabey, journalist and author Justin Myers, director, writer and comedian Charlie Dinkin, and the man described by The Guardian as the ‘Podfather’, Richard Herring.
*Line up subject to change
Praise for The Breakup Monologues
★★★★ “Funny, honest, cautionary” The Reviews Hub
Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour and Four Thought and at major festivals including Latitude, Secret Garden Party and How The Light Gets In. Her first book Is Monogamy Dead? was shortlisted for the Diva Literary Awards 2017, longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and followed her TEDx talk of the same name. Her trilogy of solo comedy shows investigating love and relationships began in 2009 with The Science Of Sex, which visited New York’s LGBT arts festival Fresh Fruit, and ended in 2016 with The Conscious Uncoupling, which toured to venues including London’s Southbank Centre and was shortlisted for Funny Women Best Show. Rosie also hosts Radio Diva every Tuesday on Resonance FM.
Richard Herring is an English stand-up comedian and comedy writer whose early work includes the comedy double act Lee and Herring. More recently his Leicester Square Theatre Podcast has won multiple awards. He is described by The British Theatre Guide as “one of the leading hidden masters of modern British comedy”.
Caroline Mabey is a fringe favourite. Her sixth solo show, Hair of the Dog will feature at Leicester, Vault, Mach, Brighton and Edinburgh comedy festivals this year. She is co-host of the Self-Renovators podcast, road-testing self-help techniques with comedian and former psychotherapist, Taylor Glenn. She’s also one half of double act the Two Stupids with Michael Legge, and she recently appeared in Josh Howie’s Losing It on BBC Radio 4 and has written for the News Quiz.
“Hilarious… Funny and touching and brilliant” – The Guardian
Charlie is a multi-talented director, writer and comedian. Her unique comedy and documentary shorts, including ‘Coalition Fangirls’ and ‘Celebrity Paul’ have been screened at film festivals around the world.
As a stand up, her character show ‘Charlie Dinkin: Child Star’ sold out a two week run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014, leading to an invitation to premiere her fully improvised stand up show, entitled ‘Charlie Dinkin: Can’t’, to Machynlleth Comedy Festival. An experienced long form improviser, she has performed in genres ranging from puppetry to musical theatre, in both the UK and USA.
Justin Myers is a writer from Shipley, Yorkshire, who now lives in London. After years working in journalism, he began his popular, anonymous dating blog The Guyliner in 2010, spent five years as dating and advice columnist in Gay Times and is now a weekly columnist at British GQ. His first novel, The Last Romeo, was published in 2018 by Little, Brown.
The Breakup Monologues Podcast
The Breakup Monologues podcast follows Rosie’s book Is Monogamy Dead? and a trilogy of internationally-acclaimed solo shows investigating the science and psychology of love and relationships. Says Rosie, ‘when I toured a comedy show all about my own big breakup, I was amazed by how many fellow performers and audience members started telling me their stories. It seemed like a topic we just don’t talk about enough. So I wanted to open up a space to do that so that we can all feel less alone and find the humour and healing in looking back with a bit of perspective. Themes we’ve discussed include ghosting, divorce parties, cultural differences and stigmas around separations and the thorny issue of which partner gets to keep the cat or dog’ (interestingly they are not viewed in the same way as children in U.K. divorce law).
The entire first series of The Breakup Monologues is available now free on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Tunein Radio and all good podcast platforms and apps and features guests including comedians Brett Goldstein, Sofie Hagen, writers Dolly Alderton and Daisy Buchanan and many more. The second series (the first two episodes of which have just been recorded at Kings Place) will be launched in Feb just ahead of this event. Listen here.
Rosie Wilby presents: The Breakup Monologues
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