Author Archives: Fiona Jane Weston

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. Fiona-Jane Weston

Edward Seckerson: Bernstein Revealed

Just one year before Leonard Bernstein’s death in 1990, Edward Seckerson was presented with an extraordinary chance to interview his idol. It transpired that Seckerson’s editor chose the young enthusiast over the heads of more senior and experienced critics. On … Continue reading

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Amanda McBroom: Up Close and Personal

 Amanda McBroom makes a welcome return to Crazy Coqs with another of her shows Up Close and Personal. The inspiration for this latest creation came from Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering … Continue reading

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My Mother Said I Never Should

Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning My Mother Said I Never Should, written in 1987, has since been translated into 23 languages, is studied in schools and has become one of the most often performed plays by a woman writer. Telling the story … Continue reading

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Lily Atkinson: Song Collection

“…an interesting artist showing considerable promise..” Continue reading

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Liliane Montevecchi

“…deep-throated husky voice .. French accent still beguiles .. as much as her feline fascinating movement” Continue reading

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Natalie Douglas: The Nat Pack: Sammy & Nat & Stevie & Joe

“..subtle, from the heart and sophisticated” Continue reading

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Tom Carradine: Carradine’s Cockney Sing-A-Long

“..dedicated and growing following..Carradine really gets the atmosphere going…accomplished musician..old-fashioned concept” Continue reading

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Stefan Bednarczyk: Beyond a Joke

“…highly engaging…a lesson in lyric delivery..virtuoso self-accompaniment on the piano..” Continue reading

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The Pianist of Willesden Lane

St James Theatre has staged a sensitive and powerful production of a show that might potentially have been a risk for the main house – a one-woman show featuring not an actress or singer, but a concert pianist with a … Continue reading

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John Bucchino:John, Paul, George, Ringo … And Dick

Songwriter John Bucchino makes a delightful – and surprising- debut at The Crazy Coqs with a solo piano show.
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