Review: Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnel ****


Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal

Pleasance Courtyard

21.45 until 26th August PLUS 17.45 16th August

**** (4 star)

Suzie’s new show at the Edinburgh Fringe lets her share with us all her worrying ways, contributing to the comparatively new concept of the clinical diagnosis, anxiety or as it would have been called previous to the last 20 years “suffering with your nerves” which leads many of us including Suzi to have become “Nocturnal” we all know that any concerns at the back of your head will always come alive and be at the forefront of your mind in the middle of the night!

The audience was greeted warmly at the entrance door by Suzi herself in one of her rather snazzy shirts and it’s clear she is full of energy.

Suzi barley stands still throughout the performance and we start by hearing about her personal journey with the end of old relationships, the start of new ones, friends & hen parties.

Although I have seen Suzi before, it’s been a few years and I find her material to be original, charming and funny not to mention energetic, it’s no surprise the show was a sell out.

One dark moment of the show reminded us how homophobia is still very much alive and kicking in the world with internet trolls regularly voicing their opinions reminding us all there is still a long way to go and not to take for granted the diverse city Edinburgh is proud to be, now we just need Disney, Pixel and the rest to get on board! No spoiler but the end finale is spectacular and inspiring!!!!

I felt a little twinge of disappointment that Suzi wasn’t there to say goodbye on the way out as she has been at the start of the show but look forward to seeing her again and again at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Susan Clark