If you’ve been following along at home, you’d have noticed I’ve been dabbling in performing arts of a different kind of late. We just wrapped up a whirlwind season of Michael Gow’s “Away” at Civic Playhouse, Newcastle, in which I got to play the role of grief-stricken mother, Coral. It was an honour to be part of this beautiful story and to share the stage with some very talented performers. The show was very warmly received. You can read a review here: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3493160/theatre-review-away/
I was also fortunate to have been asked to perform as part of “Take You Away”, a concert of the songs of acclaimed New York composer Elaine Pechacek (who shared the stage, accompanying the performers). This was a great opportunity and the connections being made between my humble hometown and Broadway that are resulting from this new partnership are very exciting. You can read more about it on the Broadway World website: http://www.broadwayworld.com/sydney/article/Newcastles-Pantseat-Academy-Welcomes-American-Composer-Elaine-Pechacek-for-Concert-and-World-Premiere-20151104
In other theatre news, I’m pleased to hear that “Peter Pan: A New Adventure”, a new Australian musical theatre work by my dear friends Christopher Harley and Callan Purcell and my first experience as Musical Director earlier this year, just picked up FIVE City of Newcastle Drama Award nominations, including Best Musical. I’ll be attending the awards on 28 November (and who knows, possibly making an onstage appearance. Limited tickets are still available here: http://www.westsnewcastle.com.au/entertainment/event/2015-37th-annual-conda-awards
I still have a number of Jon English shows to close out the year (see below). I’ve been loving the new acoustic style shows, playing guitar, violin and bass in some more intimate venues. Check it out if you get the chance.
Friday 20 November
Jon English Classic Acoustic
Old Manly Boatshed
The Corso, Manly NSW
Saturday 21 November
Jon English Classic Acoustic
cnr. Holmes Ave. & Main Rd, Toukley NSW
Thursday 31 December
Jon English with full band
NEW YEAR’S EVE RIVER PARTY
Bluewater Quay, Mackay QLD
Free entry 6pm-12am
I’m also VERY excited about what’s to come in 2016. So many great projects on the boil, including EVITA in March, a new Amy Vee release, and a new touring show with some very exciting peeps. Let the good times roll. Peace and love xo
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I will be a guest performer at the NSW Mental Health Commission’s community event: No Offence - a night of comedy and conversation about language and mental health.
“Hosted by the hilarious Nelly Thomas and featuring Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham, No Offence… promises to entertain, inspire and challenge with surprising and candid accounts of the power of everyday language in mental health and stigma.
Lynne Malcolm, host of ABC RN All in the Mind, will host a panel of luminaries from media and the arts featuring Chris Taylor (The Chaser), Bjorn Stewart (Black Comedy) and NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner Fay Jackson discussing the portrayal of mental illness.
Also appearing are acclaimed songstress Amy Vee and comedians from the 2014 WISE Stand Up for Mental Health comedy gala.”
Tickets to No Offence… are free and limited so register online at www.no-offence.eventbrite.com.au
DATE: 18 June 2015
TIME: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
VENUE: Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Acclaimed Newcastle indie songstress Amy Vee will hit the stage on Sunday 10 May at The Small Ballroom in Islington for the first full band show in over a year.
It’s been a while between band shows for the award-winning songbird, and for good reason. Among touring the country as a multi-instrumentalist with Aussie music legend Jon English, performing solo openers for the likes of Toni Childs, Abby Dobson and The Audreys, the singer has also become a mother for the first time.
The band features a full line-up including Ben Webb on guitars and melodica, Matt Spier on drums, Klaye Sanders on bass, Natasha Rusterholz-Schaad on keys and Rachel Pogson on cello.
The band’s set will include a selection of songs from her crowd-funded album “Fits and Starts” as well as other well-travelled favourites.
The night will also be the final live show for fellow Newcastle band Ben and the Sea, who will be farewelling their songwriter and frontman before his indefinite move to the USA, and Sydney-based singer-songwriter Emma Beau, fresh off her tour with Kasey Chambers.
The over 18s show will be at The Small Ballroom, Maitland Road, Islington on Sunday 10 May. Doors at 6:30pm.