Terence Blacker takes on one of life’s greatest challenges: how to grow old in style.
His hilarious new musical show, The Shock of the Old, comes to The Phoenix Theatre!
Terence Blacker has been stressing over how to grow old happily and with style ever since he got his bus pass and, frankly, months of lockdown have not improved his age-anxiety one bit. Just when you’re getting going in your life, it happens. You catch sight of your father in the mirror and realise that it’s you. You feel the need to contact school friends you haven’t seen for years– even the ones you never liked. You join the National Trust. Is this it? The start of a slow slide into Oldsville – comfy slippers, fussing over your breakfast cereal, talking at the TV, with the occasional Saga cruise thrown in as a treat?!
In this witty and tuneful new show, Terence 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.
Does The Shock of the Old finally reveal the great secret of the coming of age? Possibly not, but Terence Blacker shares a world of fun, warmth and wisdom looking for it!