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Actor, Comedian, Improviser

Reviews

Awards

Olivier Award for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
BAFTA for Class Dismissed
Three Weeks Editor’s Choice Award for Creatures

Press for Jennie Benton Wordsmith

“Her creation, Jennie Benton Smith, is a 15-year-old – and Harrison is able to inhabit the body and mind of an adolescent so convincingly that it’s almost uncanny. The gawky physicality, the peculiar obsessions, the flitting between precociousness and nervousness: this is first-class comic acting. And the amount of thought that’s gone into this is evident from Harrison’s ability to improvise in character.” (The Guardian)
“A genuinely delightful show” (One4Review)
“An excellent character construction… Her instant of seeing ourselves as others see us was a moment of heartbreak, but not milked… A charming, sweet piece” (Chortle)
“Superb timing and sharply intelligent social observation, this hour is a must view at this year’s festival… A delightful story of friendship and love” (EdfringeReview)

Press for Folken Britain

“When Susan Harrison takes on a new persona she does so with her whole body – she seems to shrink and stretch before our eyes – transforming and transporting herself across social class, gender and species. It’s seamless and vaguely unnerving.” (The Skinny)
“Harrison invokes her whole body and mannerisms to suit each character, which pays dividends in her portrayal of Tony Blair and allows grade-A transitions between scenes… Harrison is a performer with depth and range; able to read the audience with the precision of an old hand… Harrison is a fantastic character comedian and at her best can deliver solid gold” (Chortle)

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Press for Creatures

“One of the most entertaining hours of the festival. I was truly blown away by Susan Harrison’s acting ability, really, really impressive indeed” ****1/2 (British Comedy Guide)
“Her character sketch show is akin to being at a conference in The Office with the cast of Animaniacs… It’s better than most TV shows of a similar format, but it would be a crime to put a screen between the audience and her ferocious presence.” **** (The List)
“Susan Harrison is an excellent character actor and uses this skill to present ridiculous creatures with great timing and quirky humour.” (The Daily Telegraph)
“With its juxtaposition of the mundane and the fantastical, ‘Creatures’ is a bit like an episode of ‘The Office’ set in fairyland, with razor sharp wit and apt social observation brilliantly displaced onto a surreal setting. Smart and original absurdist comedy” **** (ThreeWeeks)
ThreeWeeks Editor’s Choice Award Winner

Press For Five Characters in Search of Susan

“Susan Harrison’s character portrayals left the audience simultaneously repulsed and amused. This is dark comedy at its best” ***** (ThreeWeeks)
“Harrison introduces us to her alter egos with remarkable ease, brilliant comic timing and a sense of authenticity” (The Stage)
“Her name is one to look out for” *** (One4Review)

Press For Soft

“Harrison’s writing poetically captures a feeling of sad nostalgia and tongue-in-cheek humour throughout the piece….Soft is a humorous reminder that our elderly were young once too, and had their own lives just as detailed and complicated as ours.” (Carly Halse for Female Arts)