Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
Wednesday 17 August 2011
Inevitably, given her enduring and endearing run on Peep Show, the stand-up and songsmith Isy Suttie has a large following these days. "It will be interesting to see if she can do stand-up," remarks one of her new fans. Suttie has been doing exactly that for over 10 years, earning comparisons with Victoria Wood.
The 33-year-old is by no means as natural a performer as Wood, and furthermore she relies on a manufactured scenario for her latest outing, in which elements of her upbringing are given a "scripted reality", in order to tell the thwarted love story of Pearl and Dave.
Dave is a down-to-earth accountant who lives with his mum on Suttie's street in Matlock and who is endowed with a booming voice by the ever-beaming comic. After meeting a cut-glass-accented Surrey girl, Pearl (a useful character, allowing Suttie to show her range), Dave's romantic fortune is entwined with Suttie's own romantic ups and downs in what is a sweet if slightly twee yarn.
Along the way Suttie gives herself ample opportunity to show off her lyrical dexterity in spoken word and song. In one song, she imagines the letter one might receive from an adopted star: "By the time you read this, I will be dead."
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