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Gail Porter: Hung, Drawn And Portered

By | Published on Monday 14 August 2023

If you ever turned on a British telly in the late 1990s, you surely came across a relentlessly upbeat Gail Porter presenting one programme or another. Indeed, so ubiquitous did she become, many viewers likely added her to their ‘celebrities you like to diss’ list. Though in the years that followed, as she dealt with divorce, depression and alopecia in an impressively open and frank way, even the most cynical tabloid reader surely moved her over to a ‘celebrities you have to admire’ list. In this show, as Porter talks you through her childhood, the rise to fame and everything that followed, you’re reminded the admiration should have come sooner. The delivery has a stream of consciousness feel to it, but given the subject matter, it works. A bit like you’re hearing Porter’s life story one night in the pub, complete with a drunken sing song at its conclusion.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Chris Cooke]