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Sarah Kendall: Shaken review

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Despite being an excellent storyteller and multi-award winning comedian, Kendall can’t quite harmonise the two in her new show about the serious consequences of lying.

Shaken begins with Sarah Kendall giving a window into her therapy sessions, to illustrate she’s a flawed human being who feels a constant need to entertain.  That is, she’s a comedian.  Then, as the therapist begins to lose patience with her constant joking and evasion, Kendall’s put on the spot and asked to explain why she’s the way she is.

This moves into the main part of the show, in which Kendall answers her therapist by talking about an incident that happened in her home town of Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1989.  It’s a quiet place, polarised between the onscreen action in the local cinema and the mundanity of life in the adjoining carpark and beyond.  “If Ferris Bueller had been set in my town,” she says, “he’d have smoked a bong, had a wank and gone back to bed.”

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Category: Comedy
Writer and journalist Mark Vernon
Writer and journalist Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon: Book + London dates

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For anyone who does or has found personal relationships tricky (I guess that includes most of us) then Mark Vernon’s latest book ‘Love: All That Matters’ can prove a similarly tricky if helpful and indeed positive pocketbook. A smart and engaging little tome, small but nonetheless exhaustive, I could not read it in one sitting but in small chunks necessitating time to break and reflect.

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