We’ve all had experiences in our lives that have shaped the way we think about the world and the way we act. Just for Hughes, this so happened to be when she saw the 1965 adventure fantasy feature film ‘She’, starring Ursula Andress. Now this may seem strange but it’s actually a wonderfully enjoyable influence on her journey.
The rest of Hughes’ story, as she tells so sweetly, is made up of her many interactions through life that she sees through this lens of love and jealousy. These range from the most adoring relationships such as the one with her younger husband to the rockier, like her sibling rivalry and unintentional run in with her fist boyfriend. These are equally endearing and hilarious as we hear of sisters who constantly fight, and snitch and we learn possibly a bit too much about Hughes’ ex – but she definitely hasn’t been keeping tabs on him.
Now Hughes won’t reveal her age but being of an older generation is purely the source of some brilliantly funny material. Tales of how weird and wild the 70s were are engrossing and also a little disgusting. But she is a phenomenal storyteller, you could easily listen to her for hours as she vividly transports you from place to place. Hughes is also a fan of making the younger generations uncomfortable as she asks all the important questions like where has the pubic hair gone?
Hughes is a real comedic talent; her crude and daft jokes are rib-tickling and her descriptive and soft way of telling stories is mellifluous and captivating. The show is well tied together through a string of call backs and an interesting special guest that demonstrate just how happy Hughes is nowadays. If you want an enjoyably silly stand up show then Hughes is for you, especially if you have an affinity for the 1965 adventure fantasy feature film ‘She’, starring Ursula Andress.
Charmian Hughes: She! Immortal Horror Queen’s Guide to Life
18:00 at the Counting House
August 18 – 28