Psister Psycho

This article is from 2007.

Musical mayhem about a killer nun

The path to true love never runs smooth, but it’s a bumpier road than usual in unconventional love story Psister Psycho. ‘The eponymous villain is a psychotic arms-dealing lesbian robot nun,’ says Danielle Ward, who last year performed Take-A-Break-Tales and was Time Out’s Best Comedy Newcomer. The musical tells the story of Martha Meadows, who is told on her 21st birthday that she must devote her life to the church, but once ensconced in a convent finds herself locked in battle with a habit-wearing nemesis who is hell-bent on destroying the world.

Ward explains that the title was inspired by a friend whose name has a silent P: ‘That’s how Psister Psycho was born,’ she says. Her co-stars include Colin Hoult (from Colin & Fergus), Anna Crilly (half of Penny Spubb), and Margaret Cabourn-Smith (one of the Congress of Oddities). The music is by Martin White, who does the score for Robin Ince’s Book Club, and Ward insists that the show has given her the chance realise a life-long ambition. ‘I’d always wanted to write a musical,’ she adds. ‘If I wasn’t a comedian I’d be on the X-Factor.’ And what should Psister Psycho audiences be prepared for? ‘They should expect a bit of razzle dazzle.’

Baby Belly, 0870 745 3083, 4–26 Aug (not 14), 10.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £5.

Psister Psycho

  • 3 stars

Highly entertaining comedy musical, about a robotic meglomaniac nun all sprung from the mind of comedian Danielle Ward. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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