After an unashamedly lazy period of blogging radio silence, I have some news of the jobs variety to share, in the hope that I'll get to see some of your lovely faces soon!
First up, I'm very excited to be heading back to the Southwark Playhouse (for another show set in San Francisco... hello Dogfight memories.) I'll be appearing in The Diary of a Teenage Girl from March 1st-25th. And drumroll please; it's a play. No singing. None. Hoorah!
The play recounts the coming-of-age adventures of Minnie Goetze, a San Francisco teenager who begins a secret affair with her mother’s boyfriend. I play said mother; ouch. Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, which was later turned into a major award-winning motion picture film starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wiig, Marielle Heller’s explosive play is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. Which is why I like it so much. You so often see these stories from a male perspective and it's deeply refreshing to read such a frank and unflinching account from the other side. Required viewing for all, but especially you young women out there. Tickets start at £12, purchase link below.
Also, I'm ridiculously excited to be making my Friday Night is Music Night debut very soon, alongside Doug LeBreque, Debbie Gravitte and Matt Ford. Tune in to BBC radio 2 at 8pm on February 14th for a glorious Gershwin tribute concert, with the wonderful Larry Blank conducting. Seriously, those songs are stunning and with the BBC concert orchestra playing them? No words.
Lastly, I'll be singing again for one of my favourite contemporary composers, the wonderful Jonathan Reid Gealt at his concert on Feb 16th at the Hippodrome, Leicester Square. Jonathan is one of the nicest human beings I've ever met and lord, but he writes a good song. I'll be performing alongside Natalie Weiss, Craig Colton and Andy Coxon, with other guests to be announced. What's not to like? Come along!
Oh, and I'm also looking forward to workshopping The Wicker Husband by Darren Clark and Rhys Jennings very soon, in development with Mercury Musicals. It was the 2016 winner of the MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award in 2016. Afraid you can't see that one... yet. But if you'd like to learn more about it, there's a youtube link below!
Til next time,
Diary of a Teenage Girl
Jonathan Reid Gealt concert tickets
The Wicker Husband