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Rosie Wilby presents: The Breakup Monologues

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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 Guilty Feminist cohost and star of BBC2’s Motherland, Jessica Fostekew, journalist and author, Justin Myers, and Ariane Sherine, author of Talk Yourself Better. More to be announced!

Praise for The Breakup Monologues

★★★★ “Funny, honest, cautionaryThe Reviews Hub


About Rosie

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.

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About Jessica

Jessica Fostekew is a comedian, actor and writer. She co-hosts the mighty ‘Guilty Feminist’ podcast as well as having her own, ‘Hoovering’ ALL about eating. She starred in BBC 2’s Motherland and is about to be in feature film ‘Official Secrets’ as well as Netflix sitcom ‘Cuckoo’.

Great stuff, wears her smarts on her sleeve” The Guardian

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About Ariane

Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas (HarperCollins). Her new book is Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy (Little, Brown), which also features Stephen Fry, Charlie Brooker, David Baddiel and Dolly Alderton. She lives in London with her seven-year-old daughter, Lily.

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About Justin

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.

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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

Wed 13 February 7.30pm-9.30pm

£9 / £7 conc. / £10 OTD
Age range: 16+

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