Ian D Montfort
Idiots of Ants
At The Bus Stop
Music video made for the BBC, 2011
More Isy Suttie videos
|At The Bus Stop|
|BBC Comedy On The Fringe 2011|
|At Chortle's Fast Fringe|
|Pearl And Dave|
|On Dave's One Night Stand|
|Edinburgh and Beyond|
Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave
Pearl and Dave is Isy Suttie doing what she does best: A cosy, tender, romantic story, illustrated with poignantly sweet songs.
Poignantly sweet doesn’t equal laugh-out-loud funny, of course, and the chuckles here are thin on the ground. But you will leave with a snug feeling in your soul, and the grumbled self-motivation ‘C’mon, Dave’ lodged in your vocabulary to call upon whenever you need to give yourself a boost.
The Dave in question is a quiet, modest accountant who lives with his mum in Suttie’s home town of Matlock, Derbyshire. He’s not good with women but still holds a candle for the well-spoken Pearl, who he met at the Skegness Butlins, years ago.
Suttie picks up the story when he finds her on Facebook and tries to revive this romantic interlude over a series of remarkably chaste messages and Skype conversations. Their interaction is initially based on the lies and exaggerations of many a date, before they relax into their real personalities.
The Peep Show actress is most often compared to Victoria Wood – female, Northern(ish), musician, domestic outlook – but here she’s striving for Daniel Kitson territory, of a gentle, sensitive, ambiguous story told with heart. She falls short of that – who wouldn’t? – but the yarn still boasts plenty of surprisingly moving moments.
She’s a strong actor, and her singing voice is a treasure, ranging from gruff Dave to cut-glass Pearl. But despite this, and the fact the characters are well-drawn, this still remains firmly a story; you’re interested in seeing how it turns out – which is perhaps not as you expect – but not completely drawn into their parochial world. Somehow there’s just a slight shortfall in the credibility, even though these are firmly grounded characters.
Yet there are some lovely comedic flourishes – the sad letter from a celestial star named in a loved one’s honour; or the sound advice on how you should deploy Tom Waits’s music, all of which add to this rich, rewarding show.
|Date of live review: Monday 29th Aug, '11|
Review by Steve Bennett
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A brilliant performer. Well adjusted, clever, pretty and extremely quirky and likeable.
Very funny comic. Intelligent, witty. Potential to be very successful.
A stylish newcomer with bags of brave bold ideas and an impressive rate of productivity that would shame most comics. This is a recipe for success.
Quirky but also very funny. It is nice to see someone new on the scene that has the courage to do something a bit different. I think she will go far.
|Radio 4 commissions Edinburgh comedies
...plus a 'surreal' series from Matt Berry
30/11/2011 Permanent link
|'Good performers aren't always good comics'
Rhian Edwards interviews Isy Suttie
19/03/2009 Permanent link
The Comedy Zone
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Take A Break Tales
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Isy Suttie: Love Lost In The British Retail Industry
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Edinburgh and Beyond 2008
Isy Suttie: The Suttie Show
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Get Up, Stand Up! Gala
Isy Suttie: Pearl And Dave
Misc live shows
Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People
Robin Ince's Christmas Book Club 2006