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REVIEW: 'Dirty Old Town' Is Brilliantly Bonkers At The Hope Street Theatre Starring Marigold Lately

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

HOPE STREET THEATRE, THE KNOWLEDGE QUARTER, LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE, CITY OF LIVERPOOL, LIVERPOOL CITY REGION, UK.

Marigold Lately In 'Dirty Old Town' Is A Brilliantly Bonkers One-Woman Show Filled To The Brim With An Eclectic Mix Of Outrageous, Surrealist Dark Humour

'Dirty Old Town' at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: Andrew AB Photography/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).
'Dirty Old Town' at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: Andrew AB Photography/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).

A Brilliantly bonkers variety performance filled with plenty of absurdist humour, unexpected performances of which some are abruptly abandoned for seemingly spur-of-the-moment improvised segments, and audience interactions.


Marigold Lately introduces herself in a feature show lasting almost an hour, for her first stage debut. Taking place over the course of three nights at Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre.


Firstly, in order to understand more of what is going on, let's see what the show's synopsis tells us: Mikyla Jane Durkan's 'Dirty Old Town': Introducing Marigold Lately — a one-woman show of despair, disappointment and dismemberment. The show is a combination of storytelling, stand-up comedy and performance. It is hilariously NOT funny.


If that synopsis which offered very little insight into the show left you intrigued, then you're in luck. As the show progresses, you are regularly provided with, you guessed it — next to no insight as to what was going on. Something which Marigold does acknowledge at the start of the show.


Though, the lack of context didn't remotely dampen the fun, as evident from the giggles and uncontrollable laughter from members of the audience at various points throughout the show.


Marigold Lately was born in the Autumn of 2022. Having since performed at almost 100 comedy and spoken word events throughout the North West of England.

'Dirty Old Town' at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: Andrew AB Photography/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).
'Dirty Old Town' at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: Andrew AB Photography/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).

It is a show that Marigold Lately knew that people might find confusing, which you could well say, was planned, as a somewhat extension of the show, especially with such an interesting yet vague synopsis. It's not a monologue, or a musical, nor a drama, it's not a play, oh, and it's definitely NOT funny. Though, it is a combination of various elements of performing arts that flow in such a disconnected way that they are by that very nature, connected. Disconnectedly connected. You could say. It is a mixture of adult stand-up comedy and various dramatic performances, with each piece telling a story of the characters from the Dirty Old Town.


Brimming with a variety of tales, observations and insights. Marigold is racing from one scene to the next, yet still taking the time to immerse herself in each story that the scene is offering.


Despite this type of show naturally not being for everyone due to the nature of its contents; it offers plenty of variety in regards to performance, a genuine and heartfelt look at society and its priorities, and plenty of opportunities to just have a good laugh at the most utterly random topics you will not even begin to imagine.


Make no mistake, this is an exceptionally dark piece of performing arts. It covers some deeply saddening subjects. It is evocative and sincere. And very NOT funny.

'Dirty Old Town' achieves its niche in the Liverpool and wider North West Theatre Scene well, 4 Stars. If you have the chance to see Marigold Lately perform, and a variety show with a large dose of an irreverent sense of humour is your type of thing, then make sure to pick up a ticket.


Where Did The Show Take Place?

Thursday the 16th to Saturday the 18th of November 2023, at:

Hope Street Theatre,

22 Hope Street,

The Georgian Quarter,

Liverpool City Centre,

City of Liverpool, L1 9BY,

Liverpool City Region, UK.

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