Terence Blacker and Virginia Ironside

'The Time of their Lives'

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Stand-up agony aunt Virginia Ironside, creator of Growing Old Disgracefully ('Really funny - I urge you to see it,' Arthur Smith) and songwriting Pheasantry favourite Terence Blacker ('Witty, wistful, wonderful,' Gyles Brandreth) know all about turning experience into entertainment. Now, joining forces for the first time, they celebrate in anecdote and song the pleasures and pains of later life. In this subversively funny, touching show, they prove that, as the old song almost said, 'A Freedom Pass is just another word for nothing left to lose.'


Book tickets for Terence Blacker and Virginia Ironside

Terence Blacker

Terence Blacker is a singer-songwriter whose quirky, offbeat story-songs of contemporary life have been compared to the work of Jake Thackray, Tom Lehrer and even Jacques Brel. Celebrating the outsider, the misfit and the unseen, his songs are range from the openly comic to the satirical and melancholy.

He has played at folk clubs, festivals and theatres across the country, and took a one-man-show of songs and stories My Family and Other Aliens to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. He wrote and presented Taboo-Be-Do!, a two-part history of politically incorrect music, for

BBC Radio Four. As an author, he has written five acclaimed novels and award-winning children's books which have been published in many countries around the world. He was for many years a columnist for the Independent.

'He's been compared with Jacques Brel, but the singer-guitarist's gently humorous domestic sketches are closer to another chanson master, George Brassens.... Marriage Song #1 is a quiet masterpiece.' Sunday Times

'Huge fun... it put a big smile on my face.' Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music

'A delight in every way... a rare delicacy to combine expert satire with the longing of humanity.' Liverpool Sound and Vision

'A consummate crowd-pleasing performer - brilliant.' Northern Sky Magazine

Virginia Ironside

Virginia has worked as an agony aunt for over forty years, at Woman, the Sunday Mirror and the Independent, and now she’s agony aunt of the Idler and Oldie magazine.

At 75 she realised that when you get your first buy pass, you don’t have to jump off a bridge but, rather, enjoy unlimited free drugs, boring for Britain, fun funerals, grandchildren and sex – or, even better, no sex – which make later life the best – and funniest - time of your life…She became a granny stand-up doing her highly entertaining, personal and life-enhancing show for three years running at the Edinburgh Festival as well as countless arts centres and theatres around the country. It is directed by Nigel Planer.

“The label ‘stand-up’ has been attached to this show but Ironside is far wiser and kindlier than a stand-up comic… a gem… If it arrives anywhere near you, leap onto your mobility scooter and zip along.” Spectator

“Virginia’s become, effectively, a stand-up comedian. Her show is really funny…. I urge you to see it.” Arthur Smith on Loose Ends