Jennie Benton Wordsmith
A wordy and rhythmic gem with plenty of heart
This article is from 2015.
It takes a fair degree of skill to get a tiny audience pumped up for a full hour of character comedy but Susan Harrison delivers the goods as Jennie Benton Wordsmith. Her portrayal of an enthusiastic yet sweetly naive teenage spoken-word artiste risks suffering from being a short sketch expanded out of its depth and width to 60 minutes, but this show ultimately has the requisite amount of heart to push it over the line.
Coming straight outta Tunbridge Wells (the first joke comes right off the bat), Jennie is passionate about spitting rhymes and spinning 360 degrees after delivering a line she’s proud of. There’s some light audience participation when Jennie requires someone to hold her printed verse or indulge in a spot of cheeky Countdown-style Dictionary Corner, but events move on when her hype man, Auburn Joe (Dylan Kennedy) is introduced to the drama.
It’s clear within seconds that for some time he’s been holding a candle for Jennie but will he be able to make her see the light and keep her away from a teacher she appears besotted with? Well, what do you think? A real gem of a show tucked away from the hub of the Fringe, but with a solid beat of its own.
Underbelly Med Quad, 0844 545 8252, until 31 Aug, 1.25pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).