Review: Jess Robinson, Mighty Voice

Jess Robinson; Mighty Voice. Pic: Comp

Jess Robinson; Mighty Voice. Pic: Comp

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JESS Robinson is going places. Best known for her appearances in numerous TV and Radio 4 programmes including BBC1’s Impressions Show, Dead Ringers and The Live Show, she’s now launching her infectious enthusiasm on the Fringe with a joyfully eclectic mix of impersonations of pop singers, songstresses and Hollywood stars.

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PLEASANCE, POTTERROW

Robinson has a stunning voice, is an incredibly talented impersonator and mixes this with a cheeky wry personality that makes you want to pop her in your pocket and take her home for tea. She’s accompanied throughout the show by the gorgeous Kirsty Newton on the piano.

There are some lovely touches in this production. The singer grooms an unsuspecting (tall, bearded) audience member to impersonate Liza Minnelli. The wheels of fortune align to dictate that she perform Bohemian Rhapsody as Katy Perry, Pharrell’s Happy as Edith Piaf and Pokerface as Sonia from Eastenders. She accomplishes all with aplomb. I defy you to leave the venue without humming after the euphorically chaotic finale pop/musical medley.

If you’re looking to see sheer and shameless talent (as well as Bjork, Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding, Judy Garland, Lulu, Tina Turner, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and Miss Piggy), this is a great place to start.

Until 25 August