Jess Robinson: The Rise of Mighty Voice

Jess Robinson is a first class mimic. Veteran of TV and radio shows like Dead Ringers, Newzoids and Little Voice, she has earned her place at the top of the UK impressionist scene. She’s also a tremendous singer – combine the two disciplines and you really have something.

Musically, this is easily a five star show.

Her opening number, featuring Jessie J’s Bang Bang mashed up with Pink’s I’m Coming Out and numerous other tunes, would have been impressive enough without the dozens of distinct singing voices from Alanis Morissette to Billie Holiday that she also brings to the party. Spontaneous standing ovations are rare at the Edinburgh Fringe, but Robinson received one after just five minutes.

Dominating the back of the stage is The Wheel of 64 Tunes, which mismatches songs to singers at random. Some of these results work better than others. When Katie Price landed on Pulp hit Common People, everyone fell about, but my personal favourite was the brilliant rendition of All About That Bass by none other than Julie Andrews.

All the music is played live, supplied by pianist, guitarist and general accompanist Kirsty Newton, who also serves as the comic fall guy. Musically, this is easily a five star show. Sadly, the less than slick narrative between the songs lets the show down. Robinson’s comic character is presented as a lying pain in the arse – neither likeable nor convincing enough to be engaging. There are also recurring impressions of EastEnders actor Natalie Cassidy reciting classic texts badly – which seem to poke fun at her working class accent and little else.

Fortunately, the next song is never that far away, and Robinson’s brilliant voice and impeccable impressions make for a jolly good show.

Broadway Baby Radio interview with Jess Robinson

Reviews by Martin Walker

Pleasance Dome

Sarah Callaghan: 24

★★★
Assembly George Square Theatre

The Piff the Magic Dragon Show

★★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Radio Active

★★
Assembly Roxy

Andrew Lawrence: The Hate Speech Tour

★★★★★
Assembly George Square Studios

Patrick Kielty: Help

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The Blurb

Following last year's sold out five-star hit, Jess (star of Dead Ringers, Newzoids, Little Voice) is back with an all new show! Amazing mimicry, stunning singing, cheeky wit and a different show every night, thanks to the legendary Wheels of Sixty-Four Tunes. Showstopping musical mash-ups, incredible vocal gymnastics and irreverent celebrity impressions make the perfect feel-good show. With Kirsty Newton at the piano.' Stunning... incredibly talented' ***** (Evening News). 'Remarkable ... pitch-perfect' **** (Telegraph). 'Hugely entertaining ... magnificent' (Chortle.co.uk). 'A star is born ... breathtaking' **** (Metro). 'A stand out act' **** (EdinburghReviews.co.uk).