BY LARA MILLS
Whole hearted howls, oh-so-relatable anecdotes, thrown together with the psychology behind ghosting and open relationships. Award-winning comedian, author and accidental relationship guru, Rosie Wilby, recorded two instalments of her acclaimed podcast, ‘The Breakup Monologues’ live at Poplar Union – and BEAST was there to enjoy it all.
February saw Poplar Union showcasing ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ – a season of alternative Valentine’s festivities curated for the local East London community. Apt then that a live recording of ‘The Breakup Monologues’, Rosie Wilby’s popular podcast, was part of the line-up. Dedicated to the ‘emotionally perilous train of relationships ending’ and the ‘minefield of modern dating’, it was just what the jaded romantic in us all needed.
Forget desperate scavenges around London for wilting roses, ’The Breakup Monologues’ was there to offer a new take on Valentine’s Day expectations. Contributors joining Rosie on the podcast sofa included fellow podcaster Caroline Mabey and comedian Richard Herring. They offered insight into the universal horror of running into an ex, the human race’s obsession with romance and how to ensure long-term relationships don’t become ‘business transactions’. Carried by the wit and warmth of Rosie, episode one concluded, in true Valentine’s spirit, with the reaffirmation that good relationships have a tendency to show you more about yourself than the bad ones do – oh, and that ‘managing to get a couples break away from kids is like when the Olympics come around’.
Next up on stage for episode two was The Guardian ‘Blind Date’ columnist Justin Meyers and comedy writer and director Charlie Dinkin. Both agreed that ‘you should never go on a date to the Southbank’ – you’ll either get dumped or it’ll just be naff. In amongst the rating and slating of London dating spots, Charlie and Justin shared a hilarious selection of dumpable offence stories into the mix. All painfully relatable – like being dumped because of your singing in the shower, because you have cold sores, or (if you’re really that bad at this whole love thing) because you took your ex-other half on a naff date to the Southbank.
You can listen to this episode of ‘The Breakup Monologues’ over on iTunes, Spotify and Acast now.
Rosie also has upcoming live recordings at Kings Place on April 12th and May 10th.