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TV star Fiona Allen bringing debut stand-up tour to north-east

By Kyle Ritchie

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Smack The Pony star Fiona Allen is bringing her stand-up show On The Run to Aberdeen.

This follows on from her sell out tour and Edinburgh run in 2023.

It showcases Allen’s warm, engaging, very funny and recent journey to the stand-up stage, her thoughts on family, marriage, sex robots, passive aggressive school mum’s and supermarket dress codes.

She will take to Aberdeen's Breakneck Comedy stage on Wednesday, February 28 with tickets available here.

Fiona Allen is bringing her stand-up tour to Aberdeen.
Fiona Allen is bringing her stand-up tour to Aberdeen.

Allen is a woman born with itchy feet. As a teenager, she left her home town 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 came to London and in next to no time had won two Emmy’s 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 the late Sir Michael Parkinson, and had three kids in five years.

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.

The kids and the other two are sort of house trained so now it is a good time to take a breather and decide what she would like to do for herself.

The only problem is her chronic itchy feet and an attention span that would put her behind a goldfish in a list of possible contestants on The Chase. So she decided to go On the Run…

As a working mum with kids she cannot 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.

It basically came down to a choice between cage fighting or stand-up. She chose the latter and has spent the last couple of years perfecting her style in the UK’s clubs.

Now, she is ready to share her experiences of being on the road, the glamour of motorway services, the challenge of finding a parking spot in a town centre and her random thoughts that arise while driving from place to place.

She muses on being a mum, raising her kids in a world full of parenting theories and passive aggressive school mums.

She shares the stress of being a wife to a man who still cannot operate the washing machine, introduces audiences to her northern Dad, her hilarious Spanish mum, and her older sister who she really irritates just by breathing.

Why was stand-up her only road to freedom? And not yoga, swimming, or the gym?

Why are nights under canvas or weekends away not a good idea for someone whom other people are generally annoying?

And why not being very good in groups tends to limit your options of finding an enjoyable hobby?

On the Run is a show for everyone and has no agenda other than to prove to Allen that she can actually concentrate on one thing and stay in the same place for an hour.

Allen's many other screen credits are extensive and include Dalziel and 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.

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