New fringe theatre to house drama, cabaret, music and comedy to open in South West London. They will start with a 6-week Festival. Read about it here
Latest London cabaret and theatre news is that there is a new venue for cabaret, comedy , music and drama opening in London on June 28th at the Southern Cross Pub, 65 New Kings Road, Parsons Green.
The London Theatre Workshop will launch the venue with a 6-week festival of Fringe theatre, including cabaret, and it all looks to be an exciting new venture. Sarah Shelton and Ray Rackham are the Creative Producer and Artistic Director of the Workshop and they aim to “..to create a flexible performance and workshop space in London which will become a hub for artistic innovation” says Ray.
The Festival runs from June 28th to August 4th, 2013 and a list of the
acts can be found on
Performances take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings with
two different acts a night at 7.30 pm and 9.00 pm. Tickets for each show
are sold separately and most are priced at a reasonable £10, bookable
via the website.
About Fiona Jane Weston
I am Fiona-Jane Weston and as well as being a performer myself (see website), I write reviews of and features on shows, mainly on the London cabaret and theatre scene.
I have worked in theatre for many years, but decided to embark on a new direction in cabaret in 2009, when I produced 20th Century Woman: The Compact Cabaret. Not wanting to neglect my love of spoken word, particularly drama and verse, I made the conscious decision to include these elements in the programme, as well as wonderful songs, to tell the story of women's changing status and preoccupations throughout the 20th Century and up to now.
I was invited to audition for the renowned Cabaret Conference at Yale, run by the late legendary Erv Raible, and that was thrilled to be one of only 26 accepted that year, where I was taught by the masters of the genre. Amanda McBroom (composer of the Bette Middler hit "The Rose" and the poignant "Errol Flynn"), Laurel Massé, original member of Manhattan Transfer, Sally Mayes, Tony Award nominees Sharon McNight and Tovah Feldshuh, and New York cabaret veteran Julie Wilson were all on the faculty. We were also treated to the musical direction of Alex Rybeck, Hubert Tex Arnold and the now late Paul Trueblood.
With the benefit of their insightful teaching and great encouragement, I took my show to The Duplex in New York, where I was delighted with the response.
Since then, I have produced Loving London: The Capital Cabaret, using the same format of songs, poetry and drama, in various London venues, including Leicester Square Theatre and The Crazy Coqs.
2014, the centenary of World War 1, saw the launch of Wartime Women: the Khaki Cabaret to a sellout house at St. James Theatre, London, garnering great notices, including from The Times and Musical Theatre Review. I have since been touring the show to Belgium and throughout the UK.
I hope these reviews and interviews entertain and educate at the same time, and if please do leave comments in the box. It's great to engage in a conversation about the Arts.