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Helen Lederer – Not That I’m Bitter

Enjoy a riotously enjoyable evening with the Absolutely Fabulous star, stand-up, and writer, who was at the heart of the alternative comedy scene of the 1980s.

Helen Lederer was a regular on the stand-up circuit and in sketch shows from the 1980s, appearing on screen with Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, among many others. Best known for her role as Catriona in all six series and the film of Absolutely Fabulous, she now reveals all in her frank, moving and characteristically funny memoir, Not That I’m Bitter.

Even in the ground-breaking, anti-Thatcher days, there was only room at top for so many women. For the rest, it was as much a struggle to be seen and heard in the world of comedy as in any boardroom or workplace, and just as difficult to avoid the predators. This is more than the story of one decade, however.

The child of a Jewish-Czech wartime refugee, Helen Lederer was never part of the mainstream. How do you make humour from a lifelong battle against problems with weight and low-self-esteem? How do you cope with constant self-sabotage when, despite enormous success, you still feel like a failure? Helen raises an important and open discussion around mental health alongside the evolved attitudes to women today.

A genuinely funny memoir with lots of heart (and just the right amount of bitterness!), she pulls no punches, but every blow is wrapped in a laugh of recognition.

Alongside her acting career, Helen has written radio shows, performed in the West End and written books, including the comic novel Losing It, after which she set up Comedy Women in Print to shine a light on other women who write funny books.


Please note: booking for this event is via the Lawrence Batley Theatre box office: 01484 420528; [email protected]; https://www.thelbt.org/

Booking link: https://www.thelbt.org/what-s-on/spoken-word-and-talks/helen-lederer/

Date: Friday 19 April

Time: 7pm-8pm

Venue: Cellar, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP

Tickets: £12 (£10 conc)

Age guidance: 16+

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/syngenta-cellar

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