First and Last: Jan Ravens

This article is from 2017

First and Last: Jan Ravens

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Impressionist extraordinaire on Saturday jobs, Springsteen and sunglasses

The impressionist, actress and Celebrity Mastermind winner is set to make her Edinburgh Fringe debut with a show entitled Difficult Woman. Here she takes on our First & Last quiz.

First record you ever bought
'Fire Brigade' by the Move.

Last extravagant purchase you made
A pair of sunglasses.

First film you saw that really moved you

Last lie you told
The one about the sunglasses.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Slade in Flame.

Last time you cried
Easier to ask last time I didn't cry.

First thing you do when you've got time off work
Spend time with my darlings.

Last great meal you cooked
Sea bass fillets from Barnes fishmonger.

First crush
John Lennon.

Last book you read
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

First great piece of advice you were given
Never eat anything bigger than your head.

Last time you were starstruck
Standing at the side of the stage at Wembley watching Bruce Springsteen sing 'Born to Run'. Best moment ever.

First thing you'd do if you ran the country
Get back into Europe.

Last meal on earth
Pasta puttanesca.

First song you'll sing at karaoke
'Thank You for the Music' by Abba.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
See Bruce Springsteen, above.

First three words your friends would use to describe you

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
An exercise machine off the telly.

First concert you ever attended
Gilbert O'Sullivan with my dad.

Last time you bought someone flowers
An armful of abundant tulips for a friend who was cooking for me.

First object you'd save from your burning home
My dog Thora.

Last time someone criticised your work
Showing a YouTube film I'd made to my friends Ann and Helen.

First job
Saturday girl in the Peter Pan ladies and children's clothes shop in Hoylake.

Last person you fantasized about
Bruce Springsteen.

First word you spoke

Last crime you committed

First book you read for a second time
Huffetty Puffetty, a children's book my mum read to me in the early 60s.

Last song at your funeral
'Some Other Time' from On the Town.

First person you'd thank in an awards acceptance speech
My mum.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
'I wonder if I need a wee'.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
'I need a wee'.

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman is at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, Wed 2–Sun 27 Aug (not Wed 16).

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

  • 4 stars

CKP & ROAR Group present The Dead Ringers star in her much anticipated debut Edinburgh show. Ravens brilliantly observes an array of contemporary characters, including Theresa May and Diane Abbott. Razor-sharp satire delivered with startling virtuosity. 'Consummate impressionist' (Times). Age category: 14+