Jane Postlethwaite: Made in Cumbria

If 2015 Funny Women Awards finalist Jane Postlethwaite’s portrayal of Cumbria is in any way accurate then Cumbria is a very dark and weird place full of misfits and, uh, birds of prey. Let’s just hope much of the content in Made in Cumbria is the result of Jane’s rich imagination.

To do a one woman character show is no easy feat and you need a good concept to pull it off. Fortunately Jane has this, taking her audience on a coach tour of Cumbria (avoiding Yorkshire at all costs) where they meet various Cumbrian characters. There’s our tour guide and survival expert Karroll Karabiner Kavannagh, my favourite the jumpy, lonely falconer Kirsty Bird, Joy Hope the children’s author, Stella Nova the first northern woman in space and Mary Facade who does mask work. If like me you’re unnerved by masks (also clowns, I’m scared of clowns) then Mary’s character might be somewhat unsettling, but there’s something strangely loveable about her.

The tour becomes increasingly chaotic, featuring near death experiences, space travel, children’s books and Kendal mint cake. I’d like to see some of the characters interact (using a recording and good timing skills I suppose) or have someone else to bounce off as they seem to have so many layers to them – Jane clearly knows each of her characters inside out. Either way I definitely want to see these Cumbrians again!

Made in Cumbria is a darkly funny show about a tour that is more entertaining than educational…


Jane Postlethwaite Made in Cumbria is at Sweet at Grassmarket until 28th August (not 24th). For more information and tickets click here!

Kate Stone
Kate Stone
Kate Stone is the editor of Funny Women and an award-winning script writer. She has written comedy sketches for the BBC's 100 Women project and created the Funny Women Awards Comedy Shorts category.

Check these out

From the Funny Women Team

Our 2021 Wrapped

While live comedy was sadly not able to come back with quite the bang we had hoped for, there was plenty of fantastic comedy available on TV, radio and, for part of the year, on stage! The Funny Women team shared their comedy highlights of 2021 to wrap this year up…

Read More »

Waving over here! How to be visible in 2022

I’ve come to the conclusion that success doesn’t always look like me so I make a point of ‘waving over here’ on social media platforms and at events. This is my way of letting people know that I’m in the room, especially if I’m not running the event myself.

Read More »

The Guide: January

Many happy returns of the year to you and everyone you love! I have decided to have a good feeling about 2022 in general despite everything. I hope

Read More »