Reviewer: Simon Topping
Sooz Kempner jumps onto stage with great enthusiasm and some very snazzy trainers on. Obsessed by film, Kempner yearns to win an Oscar. In this show, she tells us how she plans to grab one for herself as well as the circumstances that lead to her cinematic infatuation.
This is the very first preview of the stand-up Kempner will be taking to the Edinburgh Festival later in the year and although a work in progress, is peppered with fine observations and great one-liners.
It starts with the untold damage the feature length animation, Watership Down, did to her senses as a child and covers some key moments in her young movie watching life. Constantly self-deprecating, Kempner dissects a truly awful film script she wrote at sixteen. She also highlights some other peoples’ not so successful attempts, at filmmaking and produces snippets of her amazing singing voice, including some fabulous Kate Bush moments that leave us wanting more.
Some comedians have the knack of connecting with an audience in a warm and easy manner. Kempner is one of these artists. Known for her character comedy, Kempner leaves most of that behind (with some notable exceptions) to produce an honest, personally revealing and more importantly, very funny, show.
If this preview is anything to go by, Edinburgh Festival is in for a cracking finished spectacle.
Runs May 19 & 20 2017 at Lamb@ Nowhere Man
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