Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out Sweet Novotel Festival Fringe 2019 Review Sunday 4th August

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Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out at Sweet Novotel, Lauriston Place is a one man show from Nigel Osner and if you are of a certain age it will resonate in many ways with you. If you are not old enough, it will scare you so much with the thought of what the years ahead might hold in store for you that you will probably stay locked in the safety of your own bedroom for the next 30 or 40 years.

With a mixture of 10 original songs/monologues, Nigel introduces us to a variety of characters male and female for whom the balancing scales of life have certainly tipped in the wrong direction.  With songs and monologues like “A Perfectly Pleasant Evening”, “Another Show” and “The Yearning In His Eyes” there is gentle but dark humour in what awaits in the shadows of advancing years for all too many of us, and at times I am reminded of the songs of Tom Lehrer as I listen to Nigel’s gentle mockery as he recognises that “The Good Ship Youth” has long ago set sail and is never returning.

There is something almost cruel at times about the circle of life as that perfect point between being “Too Young To Stay In” somehow reaches without you knowing it has even happened the “Too Old to Go Out” time, that point in your life when, assuming you are still able, you can go out every night and come home as late as you want (if at all), but the truth is that your bedtime is just getting earlier and earlier in the evenings and your night-cap last glass of Jack Daniels has become a mug of Horlicks instead.

Follow then Nigel and his “friends” through their realisation that they are now all “Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out”.  There is a reason this show is at the early evening time of 17.45 folks!


Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out

Sweet Novotel, Lauriston Place

Aug 2-11, 13-18


1 hour

18+ (Restriction)

Country: United Kingdom - England

Group: Nigel Osner


Review by Tom King




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