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ED PATRICK: JUNIOR OPTIMIST
RONDO THEATRE

 

Ed Patrick is a doctor. Surely not: he looks every inch the up-and-coming modern comedian, faded jeans, scruffy shirt, unruly hair. Of course, he’s not the first doctor to do comedy. Hank Wangford, Phil Hammond, Jonathan Miller. All doctors. But none of them used their onstage persona to talk as intimately about what it actually feels like to be a doctor as Ed Patrick. Some say you need a sense of humour just to cope with the stresses of the job. If so, Ed is coping well. His anecdotes about the realities of life as a junior doctor in the NHS don’t pull any punches; but don’t pull any punchlines either. Dealing with the stresses of medical training, exhaustion, rectal and gynaecological examinations, deaths of patients, Jeremy Hunt – all come in for close-up and personal self-revelation. Sound gruelling? Not in Ed Patrick’s hands. This is top class comedy, put over with an informal and self-effacing, but expertly timed wit. It lets you look at doctoring from the point of view of a very human practitioner, not afraid to admit vulnerabilities, and hilariously so, but also passionately committed to the values of the NHS. Both side-splitting and uplifting, this is the A&E of laughter.

**** – 4 Stars

 

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