‘Certainly one of the most unusual, remarkable and memorable hours on the fringe.’ (Stage Must See) The Stage
‘Imagine Victoria Wood, but with a streak of Dadaist subversion…An exciting and original piece of work that boasts a laugh rate that would be the envy of most stand ups.’
James Kettle, **** The Guardian
‘It’s not often that you come across something truly original. My Name Is Sue is the most bizarrely original, unexpected and funny show currently playing in London. Maybe anywhere.’ Carole Gordon, **** Whatsonstage
‘It’s hard to describe anything that original and do it justice….It’s funny, tragic, insane and endearing all at the same time.‘ Laura Solon, Metro
‘There are loads of labels that you can stick on My Name is Sue, but none of them quite describes why it works so well. James and Lewis have written an act of great skill and strangeness.’ Dominic Maxwell, **** The Times
‘As soon as she appears I fall a little bit in love with her. This is dark observational comedy at its very best; one minute you can be having afternoon tea, the next minute your mother is dead. She might be a bit mad but maybe it’s contagious…’ Marie Kenny, **** The Public Reviews
‘Played with perfectly-pitched precision by Welsh (male) musician/composer Dafydd James, My Name is Sue toys cleverly with the notion of the ‘unreliable narrator’ and creates a wonderful onstage world that draws us in with a horrified attraction to its occupants. Good songs too!’ Dorothy Max Prior, Total Theatre
Sue Timms is the award-winning creation of Dafydd James and Ben Lewis. She was first launched at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (2008), in the show My Name is Sue, which went on to win the Total Theatre Award for Music and Theatre and become a cult smash-hit at the Edinburgh Festival, 2009. The show has since toured the UK, including the Soho Theatre, London, where it won more critical acclaim before it was invited back to Edinburgh by Underbelly Productions in August 2013.
As well as co-writing the show, Dafydd composed the songs and performs as Sue.
Sue is a piano‐wielding prophet from Wales who invites the world into her lounge, to sing you through her life from finishing school to Doomsday. Sue lets rip on her mother’s ivories and sings tales of heartache and love to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Tales of schoolgirl passion and middle‐aged longing. Of ancient demons re‐awakened and of Armageddon sweeping through Cardiff town centre.
A truly unique theatrical experience. Accompanied by her backing musicians on violin, cello and drums, Sue combines virtuosic piano playing with a soaring falsetto, apocalyptic visions and songs about everything from economic bus travel to the work of Julia Roberts.
Sue has has also appeared in a sequel – a Christmas special – to her debut show: The Second Coming (‘A beguiling must-see show’ The Stage; ‘Hilarious, poignant and surreal.’ The Western Mail; ‘If you only see one show this Christmas, make it Sue’s’ Wales Arts Review). She continues to appear all around the country.
Ben and Dafydd are currently working on a TV and Film adaptation of My Name is Sue with Fiction Factory. They haven’t told Sue yet – she might become unbearable.
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Photography and Images by
Kirsten McTernan and Oliver Marlow.