Fiona Allen, the star and co-writer of Emmy and Bafta award winning TV series ‘Smack The Pony’, has announced her first stand-up tour starting this autumn.
Fiona made a debut appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her show ‘On The Run’ and is now taking it on tour. She will play the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on Thursday October 15.
‘On The Run’ follows Fiona’s warm, engaging and very funny and recent journey to the stand-up stage, her thoughts on family, marriage, sex robots, passive-aggressive school mums and supermarket dress codes.
Fiona is a woman born with itchy feet. As a teenager, she left her hometown of Bury for the bright lights of Manchester and became part of the Tony Wilson empire of the Hacienda Nightclub and Factory Records.
When she decided to become an actor, she went to London and in next to no time had won two Emmys as the star and co-writer of the hugely influential all-female sketch show ‘Smack the Pony.’
She met and married Mike, the son of Sir Michael Parkinson, and had three kids in five years. She says the last few years have been a whirlwind of work and kids, kids and work with a small bit of husband thrown in – and a large dollop of a mad Cockapoo!
Fiona says the “kids and the other two are sort of house-trained” so now she can go “on the run.”
As a working mum she jokes that she can’t remember the last time she did anything for herself. “The problem is finding what that ‘thing’ is, particularly when your spirit animal is a sloth and people generally annoy you,” she said. “It basically came down to a choice between cage fighting or stand up!”
Why was stand up her only road to freedom? And not yoga, swimming, or the gym?! Go along and find out…
Fiona’s other screen credits are extensive and include Dalziel & Pascoe, Coronation Street, Poirot, EastEnders, Casualty, Shameless, In Deep, Happiness, Skins (as wife to Bill Bailey’s character), Waterloo Road, Mock The Week, Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle, Death In Paradise and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
She has also appeared in numerous films including 24 Hour Party People, Fat Slags and Gladiatress.
More information and tickets are available HERE