Monday, 22 September 2014

REVIEW – Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes at MK Theatre

No clock watching from this audience member

It was a misty and chilly evening, but the atmosphere was anything but cold in the MK Theatre as hundreds took their seats for one of the venue’s most anticipated shows of the autumn season. 
Famous for her dazzling humour as one half of French and Saunders and as the savvy Geraldine on the Vicar of Dibley, Dawn French was finally arriving in Milton Keynes as part of her 90-date tour, 30 Million Minutes.
She’s one of the UK’s most famous and loved comedians, but her show isn’t stand-up. It’s a monologue, an autobiography, a play and a comedy all rolled into one.
Marching on the stage to a delighted audience, she takes them on a journey through her life and career. As a fan myself, I kept pinching myself that it was the woman herself on stage. Touchingly sombre at parts and delightfully excited at others, her dance to MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This is something everyone, everywhere, should see. 
She confronts what the press have said about her over the years, and he annoyance at the lack of truth (including a specific gastric band reference). 
It’s a tremendous show, full of laughs and quiet moments of reflection, and she commands the stage for the whole two hours. There was no clock watching from this audience member.
A must for any Dawn French fan, she assures you before you leave that everyone is fabulous in their own way. And it gives you a beaming smile to walk into the night with.


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