Sooz Kempner is no stranger to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival having performed her last two shows ‘Soozical’ and ‘Defying Gravity’ there. Now for 2015 she is back with a pocket full of new characters to delight audiences with.
In one hour, Sooz introduces us to four characters, each split up by a video interview being played where Sooz talks about her inspirations for the characters.
Michelle, an Essex princess that could have easily come straight from an episode of The Only Way Is Essex. With her blonde hair, ditzy comments and footballer boyfriend. Nancy Spratt – a washed up has-been who once trod the boards of the theatre stage and is now just a mess of smeared lipstick and delusions that she really could still play Momma Rose in Gypsy. Phalydia – a rich fashion vlogger who unintentionally puts everyone she meets down because she is so self involved with her rich bitch lifestyle and Danielle, Britain’s number 4 Heptathlete.
Character Activist is a hilarious romp through four different characters created by Sooz Kempner. The comedy is great, the songs are great (Sooz has an incredible voice) and she engages well with her audience. I didn’t love Danielle the Heptathlete as much as the other three characters but it’s different strokes for different folks and three out of four ain’t bad!
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Sooz Kempner: Character Activist is playing at Just the Tonic at The Mash House until 30 August 2015. Click here for tickets