COMEDY – Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal, An enjoyable night we wanted to love

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BY KATHRYN PIERCE
In collaboration with @SomewhereEDI

 

Last night’s offering at The Pleasance came from Suzi Ruffell, fresh from her travels and back at the Fringe with a new show, having bagged a nomination for Chortle’s Best Breakthrough Act.

This time Suzi’s landed in Edinburgh with a backpack of travelling anecdotes, serious sleep deprivation and a lot of fresh new fears. She pitches her comedy tent, pegged with trademark anxiety and lets rip – we get the feeling it’s all been a bit much to carry around.

Worries of the world, strange and oddly personal encounters with stingrays and the frustration of being the lesbian in a straight group of friends all contributed to the you-wouldn’t-believe-it-had-it-not-happened series of Suzi mishaps that made up her set.

In amongst this ball of energy is Suzi’s attempt to connect with the room, and on this particular night I didn’t feel like she quite broke through. It’s a delicate balance to strike between being mates with and relating to a gay audience, and doing the same to a non-gay audience.

I got behind her campaigning for a “Disney Princess who’s a mess, who’s a bit of a Disney Prince like me”, and her pointing out with a wry wit that life as a lesbian certainly isn’t all plain sailing – especially in countries where it’s illegal to be gay.

As a gay woman, I felt a real camaraderie with parts of the show but I didn’t laugh out loud too often, and instead enjoyed it as spending quality time with a familiar friend – but one who really needs a good mate to ask, “What were you thinking with the strobe lighting joke?”.

Squeezed into a small and hot venue which felt considerably smaller than Suzi’s rising profile, the audience was a friendly mixed bunch up for a good laugh, and they certainly enjoyed it, though it felt maybe this time Suzi wasn’t quite sure how to pitch it.

Show Information
Venue: Pleasance Below - Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance EH8 9TJ (Note: Aug 16th show is Please Beneath at Pleasance Courtyard) Dates: Aug 5-26 (not 13th) - some dates now sold out Time: 21:45 Tickets: Tuesdays £8.50 (£7.50), Weds, Thurs £10 (£9), Fri- Sun £11 (£10) 2 for 1 6th and 7th Aug Bookings: Here | Pleasance Box Offices | 0131 556 6550 Restrictions: 14+

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