The Doctor Is In

Dates and Times

Sun 21 Jan at 7pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 conc

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Part of Calm Down Dear, a three-week festival of innovative feminist performance. The festival runs from Mon 15 Jan – Sun 4 Feb. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest.

Presented by Hannah Ballou


When the esteemed scholars of a nearby university saw fit to confer upon a young(ish) comedian the title Doctor of Philosophy they created… a monster.  A monster who hides in plain sight, disguised as a humble artist, waiting for innocent citizens to make the fatal mistake of calling her ‘Mrs. Ballou.’  Then, like the Incredible Hulk, she grows too huge green smug for her clothing, and as the buttons pop off her elbow-patched blazer she demurely roars ‘It’s “Dr.” actually.’

Dr. Ballou completed a practice-based PhD entitled ‘hoo:ha: Illuminating and Exploiting a Dissonance Between Funniness and Sexiness with the Female Comic Body in Performance’  What she insists this means is that she ‘literally has a doctorate in being funny and sexy.’  Through witchcraft and interviewing skills she has converted this accomplishment into a spine point 33 grade 8 lecturer position at a university that shall remain unnamed (It rhymes with Pingston.).  This means she can now afford to foist her child off on hand her child over to a trained childcare professional so that she can pursue her dream of responding to emails about problems with the virtual learning environment.

Alas, tending the artistic fires of undergraduate drama students is not enough.  She became a doctor to save people, dammit!  Therefore, Dr. Ballou has opened a clinic for the denizens of Calm Down Dear.  Visit her surgery and she will diagnose and treat your feminist complaints via her trademark mashup of stand up and live art.

The Doctor Is In is a relaxed performance.

About the company

Dr. Ballou is a comedian and lecturer.  Her show hoo:ha featured in the 2015 Calm Down Dear Festival with a surprising ending for all parties: a positive pregnancy test.  She followed up with goo:ga, a feminist critique of ‘gender reveal parties.’ She is the creator of Marina Abramopug.

Image credit: (c) Eugenio Triana

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