JAN RAVENS

Dead Ringers (TV Recording): BBC TV Centre, London, 2007
An Evening with Private Eye: National Theatre, London, 2007
Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman: Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, 2017
Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens: Underbelly, George Square, Edinburgh, 2018 

Jan Ravens is a brilliant female impressionist who is a member of the successful Dead Ringers team.  I saw her in a TV recording of the show also featuring Jon Culshaw, Kevin Connolly, Mark Perry and Phil Cornwell in London in 2007 and then saw her again later that year in the Private Eye review hosted by Ian Hislop.

In 2017, she appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time in her solo show Difficult Woman. Ravens accurately impersonated political figures including Prime Minister Theresa May (who inspired the show’s title from a Ken Clarke appraisal), a superb and constant reincarnation of Diane Abbott MP and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon.   Raven’s repertoire is vast and broadened into pin sharp portrayals of actors and celebrities such as Judi Dench and Victoria Wood giving the audience an extremely entertaining hour from a very talented woman.

In August 2018 at the Edinburgh Fringe Jan Ravens created a show with another popular impressionist Rory Bremner which was one of the Festival’s big hits of 2018.  The show was divided into sections with each individually taking to the stage.  Ravens displayed amazing comic timing and precise impersonations which included a brilliant Fawlty Towers take on Brexit (with Ravens playing Sybil Fawlty to Bremner’s Basil) and an inspired tribute to Victoria Wood.

 

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