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Virginia Ironside: Growing Old Disgracefully

© Steve Ullathorne

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is pleased to announce an upcoming fundraising event presented by the Theatre Royal Friends Committee, a comic evening with British journalist, agony aunt and author Virginia Ironside in her acclaimed show Growing Old Disgracefully (Sun 14 Oct).

When an agony aunt reaches 60 years old, she can lie like a trooper, jump off a bridge, or take to the stage. Virginia Ironside has chosen the third option and will join us to explain that unlimited free drugs, fun funerals, grandchildren and sex – or even better, no sex – can make your sixties the best and funniest time of your life.

Virginia started as a temporary secretary to Shirley Williams at the Fabian Society, then later worked at Vogue, followed by the Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail (as a rock columnist), Woman Magazine, the Sunday Mirror, Today (as an agony columnist) and now with a weekly column in the Independent and a monthly one in the Oldie. She has also written several books including No, Thanks! I’m Quite Happy Standing, Yes! I Can Manage Thank You! and No! I Don’t Need Reading Glasses! – Growing Old Disgracefully.

Virginia’s one-woman show Growing Old Disgracefully, originally directed by Nigel Planer, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2009 and has been touring the UK since.

Virginia will also be joined by songwriter, singer and author Terence Blacker, who will be performing offbeat comedy songs capturing the lives of modern-day misfits and outsiders!

This is a Theatre Royal Friends Committee fundraising event in support of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (Registered Charity Number 242977) and tickets include a post-show drink.

Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at or visit the theatre in person.