Jess Robinson: The Jess Robinson Experience (3 stars)

Jess Robinson: The Jess Robinson Experience

credit: Karla Gowlett

Quirky, high-energy comedy and musical impressions

It's apparent from the moment that she walks onto the stage that The Jess Robinson Experience is certainly going to be an experience. Robinson, who has been featured on Britain's Got Talent and The Imitation Game, has plenty of energy, things to say and musical impressions to make in this hour.

Robinson believes that 'there is a different impression to suit every mood' and easily impersonates everyone with her versatile voice from Shakira and Beyoncé to Liza Minnelli and the Queen. For 'Shallow' from A Star is Born, she quickly alternates between impressions of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga.

There are moments of bizarre hilarity that leave the crowd in stitches, like a rap song about her hometown of Aldbury in Hertfordshire ('me and my bitches rounding up the sheep') and a parody of 'Running Up That Hill' based on a dream that she had about her childhood idol, Kate Bush.

Things take a serious turn though when she suddenly reads excerpts from her late grandmother's diary, discusses her escape from the Holocaust, and sings 'The Impossible Dream' in her honour. It's a thoughtful tribute, but it feels entirely out of place in an otherwise fun, goofy show. Robinson is an engaging and talented performer, but by trying to fit so much into one hour, this show feels unnecessarily chaotic.

Assembly Rooms, until 24 Aug, 7pm, £12–£15.

Jess Robinson: The Jess Robinson Experience

  • 3 stars

Live Nation in association with Troika Award-winning Edinburgh favourite, Jess Robinson, returns with a brand new show and her fabulous live band. Join Jess for a fun-packed hour of comedy, music and vocal fireworks as you're transported by the human jukebox through improvised musical mash-ups and spot on impressions…

Comments

1. Gerald Gee21 Aug 2019, 3:11pm Report

I think we watched a different Jess Robinson show...there’s loads of joyful “goofing around” but the show from start to finish is about her life. She talks about her grandmother and her relationship to her all the way through so there’s nothing “suddenly” about it. It ties in beautifully with the rest of the show (which is all about her as I said) and at that point the she’s singing in her own (utterly mind blowing) voice which makes it profoundly personal.

I would urge anyone to not give too much credence to this review (not that any one would 🙃) and to go and see her show, it is one of the best shows I have seen in Edinburgh this year.

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