Smug posh women, diet clubs, men in bars, being single – all take a hammering in the sharp, witty comedy of fast up-and-coming musical comedian Teresa Livingstone.
After a successful run on BBC NI sketch show Late Licence, the only Northern Ireland finalist in the prestigious Hobgoblin Comedy Competition will be putting on her first one woman show, Delighted, at the Black Box in Belfast on July 1.
In her show, Teresa totters on stage, a girl dishevelled after a long night out, hair in a state, make up down her face. Her character, which she describes as a darker shade of herself, is a woman on the verge.
“My character is a thirtysomething woman who has just had it and she’s not going to take anymore. She’s had too many smug women making her feel that her life is rubbish, too many bad nights out with unsolicited advances and too many knock backs in her career. So she’s going to sing about it,” Teresa explains.
With a piano, a gin and the voice of a woman who has reached the point of no return, Teresa is ready to share her ‘delight’ at how life just isn’t going so well. With hilarious songs like ‘Cake and Wine’ and ‘Nice Ladies’, no one escapes Teresa’s commentary.
Teresa is a skilled musician who began playing piano at the age of four and studied music at university before working as a music teacher in an all-boys school in West Belfast. She spent her evenings playing piano and singing in hotel bars. She came to a point in her life where she knew everything had to change and she decided teaching wasn’t for her.
It was then that she discovered comedy improv through the Crescent Arts centre and loved the silliness and finding the funny side of the smallest things. She joined the improv group Wonder Frog.
Inspired by the comedy charm of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and the quirky songs of New Zealand duo Flight of the Conchords, Teresa began writing her well-observed songs about everyday life in Northern Ireland.
“My first song was ‘That Would be A No’ which is about sleazy men in bars. I performed it at an open mic night and won a case of cider. That was motivation to keep going,” she said.
After the Hobgoblin competition, she got gigs opening for Mark Thomas, Kevin McAleer and Owen O’Neill as well as a spot on Late Licence.
“The humour in my songs seems to resonate with both men and women,” she says.
“The songs aren’t all girly and they aren’t anti-men. In fact, I actually give off a lot more about women! The new show will look at everything from managing stress to using Facebook to the difference between men and women on a night out,” she added.
Tickets are £8.50 and are on sale now from blackboxbelfast.com