The Pheasantry is a Pizza Express restaurant on King’s Road SW3. It boasts musical entertainment in an intimate cabaret setting. Highlights from the past few months include intimate performances from “Cabaret Confidential”, “That Tring Thing”, Anita Louise Combe, Kerry Ellis and Robin Cousins. Last night it was the the turn of Miss Emily Davis, billed as “talks from a Welsh girl in London, mostly under the theme of how not to live your life”.
For those of you who are new to the Pheasantry, it seats about 80 people and serves the full Pizza Express menu and provides cabaret style shows to accompany your meal. (Although eating isn’t obligatory).
Our host for the evening, Emily, was accompanied by Tom Carradine on the piano, http://www.tomcarradine.me – as she performed her rather marvellous show.
Miss Emily Davis: Welsh, 5′ 9″, daughter of a sheep farmer – performed her first set dressed in overalls, a present from her Dad designed to protect her virtue! And decorative wellies she procured from TK Max.
The show had two parts; each part was generously filled with fabulous songs, some of which were self-penned witty auto-biographical numbers, whilst other songs showcased the talented work of Sam Carner and Derek Grego (who were in the audience last night). These comedic numbers were cleverly juxtaposed with heart-wrenching ballads including Barbara Streisand’s “I stayed too long at the fair” and a song dedicated to Emily’s nan and her life whilst living in a nursing home.
Along with a fabulous performance, we also got to learn a bit of Welsh and its correct usage, we are also given exclusive access to the confessionals of Emily Davis and selected audience members.
For me the great thing about Emily is the fantastic way she connects with her audience; the moment she arrives on stage she makes us feel warm and comfortable. Her stage presence is wonderfully cheeky and although her lyrics may be a bit risqué there is no doubt in my mind that her songs are received in good humour and are not unnecessary smut. Emily is also blessed with fantastic comic timing, which is essential if you are going to make your living from performing comedic songs!
Personally, I love the work that Emily is doing, it’s fresh, individual, rather irreverent and great Fun. Not often I go out on a Monday night and hear new songs such as “if you love me please don’t feed me” songs about “a black Tranny on a tube” and musings about how the “Vagina is NOT a Highway to the Heart!”
Last night’s audience was full of laughter, I once again won on loudness factors (those of you who have met me know that I have the loudest dirty laugh ever!) and the show ended well with realms of applause.
All in all, a fabulous venue with a fabulous up and coming start of the future. Emily Davis is one to watch.
Review by Faye Stockley
Paul L Martin Presents
Tuesday 24th February 2015