Interview: Award winning impressionist Jess Robinson set to play at The Berry Theatre

Multi-award winner and one of 2017’s Britain’s Got Talent semi finalists and stand out stars – Jess Robinson embarks on her debut UK tour in 2018, including a show at Hedge End’s Berry Theatre on 27th April. The show, ‘Here Come The Girls’, features spot on celebrity impressions and stunning vocal gymnastics. Following four highly acclaimed sell-out years at The Edinburgh Festival. The tour is currently underway and will end on 29th April at Birmingham’s Glee.

Spend an evening with Jess and the many female voices queuing up in her head, as she channels celebrities and singers to navigate her way through life’s highs and lows. Like a wonderfully malfunctioning jukebox, Jess and her incredible vocals take you on a dizzying journey through hilarious musical mash-ups – serving up a feast of styles and genres from Billie Holiday and Judy Garland to Sia, Beyoncé and Kate Bush.

Expect some old favourites, fresh impressions, duets with dead celebs and divas as you’re never heard them before. Whether your cup of tea is watching Shirley Bassey belt or if you want to see Jess strut her stuff with Nicki Minaj, there’ll be something for everyone, from 9 to 90.

A classically trained singer, Jess has appeared on both stage and screen. She is versatile in all music styles and began impersonating professionally when she played the title role of ‘Little Voice’, that she recently reprised on a national tour with Beverly Callard, Ray Quinn and Joe McGann. The production was directed by the play’s author, Jim Cartwright. Jess has showcased her impressions (including presenter Alex Jones) live on The One Show and recently appeared on The Last Leg (CH4). Other TV and Radio credits include: The Now Show (BBCR4), Mr Muzak (BBCR4), 15 Minute Musical (BBCR4), Newzoids ITV1, The Impressions Show BBC1, Rich Hall’s Election Breakdown BBC Radio 4, Murder in Successville BBC3, Dead Ringers BBC, The Dog Ate My Homework CBBC, Horrible Histories (voices) CBBC. She is set to star in a panel show for ITV called ‘The Imitation Game’ alongside Rory Bremner, Debra Stephenson & Alexander Armstrong.

We managed to catch up with Jess as she talked about her upcoming show at The Berry Theatre and more!

So how much are you looking forward to playing The Berry Theatre on 27th April?

I absolutely can’t wait to play the Berry Theatre. I’ve heard from other comics and performers how lovely the audiences are there in particular. So bring it on!!

Although the crowd will be much smaller on this tour than Britain’s Got Talent, do you find it different at all?

This is totally an utterly different from BGT. For starters, this full length how comes from me – without producers and TV people telling me what I can and can’t do. Secondly there won’t be four celebrities sitting in the front row with big red buzzers (I hope)!!
I really love my show. I love making people laugh and feel good and surprising them with my singing. Instead of having 1 minute and 45 seconds to impress, I’ve got 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to know the audience and build up a fun relationship with everyone.

Have you got any new impressions lined up for this tour?

Plenty – from speaking impressions such as Lorraine Kelly, Tess and Claudia from Strictly and Alex Jones from The One Show, to singing impressions such as Paloma Faith, Judy Garland, Jessie J and Beyonce

What venue are you most looking forward to playing on this tour and how has been so far?

The tour has been brilliant so far. I’ve been all over the UK – it’s a great way to see Britain. No two audiences have been the same. Some have been very vocal and raucous, others have been very polite and a bit formal. I love to meet my audience after and say thank you personally to them for buying a ticket.
I’m particularly looking forward to The Berry as an old teacher of mine is coming to support me. I haven’t seen her for years. Hopefully she’ll like the show and I’ll get a gold star.

What would you say to anyone who wants to be an impressionist?

Go for it! It’s so much fun. Make sure you spend plenty of time talking to other, real people though – because the voices in your head can drive you crazy!

So you are a classically trained singer also, would you ever think of going into the music industry?

Actually, yes. It would be a dream to record an album one day. I’d just love that. My friends and family are always telling me to sing in my own voice more. May be I’ll take their advice one day. Though if you can sing like Shirley Bassey, why not!!

What has been your best moment since being on Britains Got Talent and has it changed your life?

I think my best moment since BGT has been putting this tour together. BGT hasn’t made me an overnight star, but it’s given me the building blocks to give my career the boost I wanted. Going on my first tour is massive. It’s very exciting to bring my show to more people, rather than be a flash in the pan and then disappear.

My show is full of laughs and feel good moments. The biggest reward is seeing how happy the audience are when they leave and getting such supportive, positive comments from everyone.