- Brian Donaldson
- 9 August 2007
This article is from 2007.
Supermarket singing and silliness
Initially, on reading that Isy Suttie was once a Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition regional winner, I thought it might have been a joke. Yet, on hearing her impersonation of Amy Winehouse falling down a well, allied to her general ability to get a tongue right round a tune, that claim seems all the more credible. If still a bit funny sounding. With Love Lost in the British Retail Industry, she utilises talents other than vocal to create a splendid character-fuelled debut solo show, to follow up her previous Fringe appearances in The Comedy Zone and Take A Break Tales.
When girl meets boy in the pet food aisle, all seems rosy. Yet dark storm clouds are gathering when an angsty American singer songwriter Mary Westenberger (a warped cross between Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette) comes between them. This is Suttie’s most strikingly hilarious character but it plays second fiddle to the loved-up pairing while her comedic growling is slightly undermined through repetition. Still, this is an assured debut from a true rising star who, should stand-up not prove utterly fruitful, could always pursue a career at Ronnie Scott’s.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 14), 3.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).