Pippa Evans: Joy Provision!, Pleasance Courtyard, Review

Submitted by Erin Roche on Fri, 25 Aug '17 4.05pm
Rating (out of 5)
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Pippa Evans
Pippa Evans (creator/performer), Yshani Perinpanayagam (keyboards, backing vocals), Alex Freeman (percussion, backing vocals)
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The world can do with some more joy at the moment, don’t you think? No fear, Pippa Evans is here to share her songs and musings about the little things that bring you joy, like Susanna Reid rolling her eyes at Piers Morgan, winking, and the band (one of her favourites) Blur.

Evans, known for her stand out acts like Loretta Maine, Sunday Assembly, and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, seems as though the stage is her living room. She’s a seasoned, confident performer with a few sharp, off-the-cuff one-liners peppered through the rehearsed bits of the show. Seeing a few familiar schticks such as the improvised-song-based-on-an-audience-member’s-career-choice and the well-intentioned (but perhaps a bit too over-your-head for many audience members) jokes about British culture are not new, but they are well-received and delightful just the same.

Particularly funny was the bit about your weekend as told through the many songs you listen to on your headphones. There’s something not cherished enough in comedy: when you can take everyday, simple joys and curiosities and point out the absurdity or the relatability we can all agree upon. That’s one thing Pippa has in the bag, from her previous show Guilty Pleasures to this year's Joy Provision. Accompanied by glorious girl band, made up of Yshani Perinpanayagam and Alex Freeman, Joy Provision is a feelgood, cheerful show that will make you smile and undoubtedly sing along.

Aug 25-27