Jennifer Tyler: Ready or Not (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Jennifer Tyler: Ready or Not

credit: Lucinda Meade

A passionate and physical performance from an act in a big rush

This one-woman musical comedy is ambitiously staged by Jennifer Tyler, a feat that's particularly impressive as she only had a few weeks to prepare. Having been offered the chance to snap up a last-minute spot at the Fringe, she and her producer jumped in feet-first and the result is this sporadically funny, high-energy examination of her desire to 'always be ready'.

As well as good organisation, Tyler is a very physical performer, dancing around the stage and belting out self-penned show tunes with aplomb. The lyrics are somewhat haphazard and the music sometimes stretches her range, but she's a compelling host and her terpsichorean tendencies are enjoyable to watch. An earnest demeanour can sometimes feel a bit too forceful so it helps when her passionate presentation is diluted by song.

A sudden and prolonged scatological digression signals the start of some very personal observations before later revelations shine an introspective light on what we've already seen. The effect is slightly jarring and the protracted coda saps some of the show's energy. But considering the short timescale in which this piece has been constructed, Tyler has done well to produce an interesting show which will undoubtedly grow over time.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 12.30pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11).

Jennifer Tyler: Ready or Not

  • 3 stars

Rachel Kraftman Productions For years, Jennifer liked to be over-prepared. Every move was meticulously thought-through and every possible outcome was assessed. She was always really really ready. It took being offered a slot at the Fringe at the last minute for her to realise that she’d never be “ready” – no one ever is.