Teetering on the brink of turning 40 I needed cheering up so Russell Kane’s hilarious new Right Man Wrong Age show at Melton Theatre came just at the right time, writes Christian March.
No matter what your age this sell-out show delivered a barrage of laugh-out-loud moments, with the second half in particular leaving the audience in stitches as Russell divulged his joyous (if somewhat terrifying!) tales of parenthood, family and his new found maturity and calmer outlook on life since tying the knot.
But there was little calmness on stage as the ever hyper comedian shared his laughter-filled life stories at breathtaking speed, dancing and pirouetting as he went.
His theory that every strong relationship needs one hyper and one chilled-out partner was tested out on the sell-out audience, engaging with the crowd to find out if they were the same.
His humorous off-the-cuff interaction with theatre-goers in Melton - or ‘Pork Pie Central’ as he affectionately named it - included a witty exchange with the only Cuban-American woman in the house, with Russell pondering why someone would swap the sunny beaches of Miami for the Pork Pies of Melton Mowbray.
The second half gave us a heartwarming insight into Russell’s overwhelmingly emotional experiences as a new dad, mixed in with some hysterically awkward, yet endearing, father and daughter moments which left you in tears.
And there were even some scientific baby facts thrown in for good measure, cleverly interwoven during his act, which gave a truly comic take on the reproduction process.
By the end of his show he left you thinking that there’s no such thing as being the ‘right age’ and that it’s normal for us to long to be how we once were.
So with my 40th birthday fast approaching it certainly gave me a fresh perspective. Maybe it’s time to grow up.
Melton was the 19th stop on Russell’s packed 67-date UK tour.
He’s next performing at Nottingham’s Playhouse on Tuesday (March 29) and other regional stops include Lincoln’s Engine Shed on April 23, Birmingham Town Hall on April 30 and the Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry on May 5.
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