Impressions of Rory and Jan

TWO of Britain’s greatest impressionists, Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens, are on a short November tour with their sell-out Edinburgh Fring show, coming to  Strode Theatre at Street on Tuesday 27th November and the Exchange at Sturminster Newton on Wednesday 28th.

Described as “She’s Merkel to his Trump; he’s Boris to her Theresa,” the two entertainers are trying to make sense (and nonsense) of a world where Boris Johnson is would-be Prime Minister, Donald Trump is US President, and Brexit means Brexit. Good luck with that.

Featuring personalities from Nigel Farage to Joanna Lumley, Diane Abbott to Fiona Bruce, and the sublime to Jacob Rees Mogg, you are promised at least 30 characters for the price of two.

Rory Bremner is Britain’s best-known satirical impressionist and comedian. His satire show Bremner, Bird and Fortune was a mainstay of Channel 4’s output from 1992 to 2010 and won many awards, including three back-to-back BAFTAs. He has presented two BBC Election specials, two Referendum specials for BBC Scotland, many documentaries, a series of Great British Views for ITV, and featured in Who Do You Think You Are.

He also writes, dances (Strictly Come Dancing, 2011), acts (Noel Coward’s Relative Values), and has translated plays and operas by Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Bizet (Carmen) and Offenbach (Orpheus in the Underworld).

Jan Ravens’ long and varied comedic career began at Cambridge Footlights Club. Her first taste of Edinburgh success was as the director of the The Cellar Tapes in 1981, which won the first ever Perrier Award for best comedy show. She was also a regular on Alexei Sayle’s Stuff, Jasper Carrot’s Lib and The Grimleys, has made numerous TV appearances on mainstays such as Have I Got News for You, Whose Line is it Anyway? and Countdown, and was even the voice of the Cadbury’s Caramel bunny.

Her talents as an impressionist shone in the legendary Spitting Image, while her skill for mimicry made her a lynchpin of BBC’s Dead Ringers, where one of her finest achievements is her portrayal of Theresa May. .