Pubs close, grocery stores close early and the town is decorated with English flags.
It’s frankly the biggest night in England for a long time.
But for a man, the timing could have been slightly better.
Comedy writer and former doctor Adam Kay is due to give the first show of his socially distanced Southampton tour on Sunday.
So, naturally, he was elated upon realizing that England making the Euro 2020 final were up against their own performance at the Mayflower.
“I was really absolutely delighted with the result,” he insists.
“And then reasonably eviscerated that I was going to miss the match. But the show must continue and I can catch up with the second half,” he reasoned during a conversation with the Daily Echo.
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– Adam Kay (@amateuradam) July 7, 2021
There will be two performances of Adam’s hit show in Southampton on Sunday, which follows the success of his book, This is Going to Hurt.
The hilarious but heartbreaking compilation of his diaries from when he was a young doctor is the premise of the show which has now been viewed by over 200,000 people.
And in anticipation of Sunday night, he’s already practiced a bit to keep an eye on the score during the tournament.
“I was on stage during the game against the Czech Republic and had my alerts and my phone balanced out of sight,” he admitted.
But don’t worry, that didn’t – and didn’t – distract from his performance.
Socially distanced, with masked spectators, was it strange to return to the theater In these circumstances?
“I thought it was going to be very weird, in a half-empty theater, and everyone masked.
“But it’s an audience of real people live, and that’s wonderful.”
Adam is keenly aware of the suffering the arts and theater industry suffered during the pandemic.
“The impact on the arts was particularly depressing (the pandemic).
“And it feels like no one in charge cares about them.”
Returning to the subject of This Is Going to Hurt, he said, “It developed a life of its own.
“It has evolved and obviously since the pandemic, it has changed our perception of the health service. There are a lot of brilliant people doing brilliant things and we have to look for the positive aspects.
“We have an amazing thing in the NHS. If it were threatened, I sincerely believe – and hope – that the country will stand up and fight for it.
Anyone who follows Adam on Twitter knows he is outspoken about some of the decisions political leaders are making regarding the pandemic, the most recent being around “Freedom Day” and the abandonment of the mask rule.
“First of all, I am very happy that I am not the one who has to make these decisions.
“(But) I’m worried about the timing of the opening as cases increase.”
He talks about the possibility of developing variants that vaccines might not protect against, as well as his concern about the long-term Covid and the unknowns about the full impact it has on people’s long-term health.
Ultimately, he wants everyone who comes to his show to take advantage of it and get the positives from it, which he referred to a lot in our conversation. He is determined to take the positive out of everything.
“I hope people think this is a fun show that lifts the veil on the life of a young doctor and I hope I know my words now.”