Isy Suttie: Comedian returns to Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath’s Grand Pavilion looms large in the formative years of comedian and actress Isy Suttie.

It was on the stage there that she remembers first performing to a crowd with her childhood dance school and the infamous Pav nightclub was the place to hang out at weekends for most teenagers in the 1990s.

There should be no surprise then that given half a chance Isy is happy to head back to Derbyshire to perform at the venue and do her bit to help restore it to its former glory.

The last night of her The Actual Book Tour on February 19 will be at the Grand Pavilion and she is promising plenty of Matlock anecdotes to entertain her hometown crowd.

“It is a monumental building and a big part of my life. When I found out I could fit it into the tour I was so happy,” said the 37-year-old former Highfields School pupil.

“I am so impressed by all the hard work that is going into keeping it open and I am thrilled to have the chance to help out with this show. It is great for a community to have such an amazing live entertainment venue.

“When I was growing up in Matlock I went to the Elizabeth Chamberlain School of Dance and I remember performing in the Wizard of Oz at the Grand Pavilion. It was the first time I had been on stage.

“I always wanted to be an actress and never doubted I would be back then. I was quite shy but did lark around a lot I was always writing songs and little sketches

“It was good fun growing up in Matlock but as there was not that much going on a lot of us developed our creative side,” she said boasting that one of the lead singers in the Indie band Gomez, Ben Ottewell, was also at Highfields, albeit a couple of years above her.

Isy started out as a composer and standup after graduating from the Guildford School of Acting and is probably best known for her TV role as the geeky girlfriend Dobby in Peep Show and for her BBC Radio 4 Series Isy Suttie’s Love Letter.

She has an uncanny knack of being able to pen hilarious scenes and songs from real-life observations of her own and other people’s love lives.

“For some reason I just find I naturally write about love – unrequited love, bittersweet love and happy relationships,” explained Isy who now lives in south London with her boyfriend Elis James and one year old daughter Beti.

Isy’s 2016 tour coincides with the publication of her first book The Actual One which is a brilliantly funny memoir about the moment in your late 20s when you suddenly realise that all your mates are growing up without you.

Suddenly everyone around her is into mortgages, farmers’ markets and nappies rather than skinny-dipping and Sambuca sessions on rope swings.

The book is an ode to the confusing wilderness of youth, alongside a romantic quest for a man who doesn’t use moisturiser.

Her adventures in love include making a giant papier-maché penguin for her boyfriend and finding herself stranded on a dual carriageway in nothing but a fur coat and trainers.

“I am not going to give away too many of the punchlines,” she says pointing out tongue-in-cheek that she has changed names to protect the innocent, “but I have to admit eventually I had to give in on the no moisturiser ideal.”

Isy is now working on the follow-up to The Actual One and pondering whether or not it will be about motherhood and life with Elis and Beti.

“There is obvious comedy in being single and it is much better to write about when you are unhappy. When you are in a happy relationship you have to look a bit more deeply into the stuff that happens every day – but I think it will be the natural step to write about being a mum.”

For tickets to The Actual Book Tour at The Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath on February 19 go to