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

Anne Reid: I Love To Sing

Anne Reid appears once more at The Crazy Coqs in a new solo show I Love To Sing. Wonderful anecdotes. Read my review here: Advertisements

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Open Mic Highlights Show – Monday 2nd November

Open-mic at Crazy Coqs still goes on strong with Harold Sanditen at the helm, and occasionally deputised by the fun-loving and droll Mychelle Colleary.  I have sung at a few times myself lately and always glad of the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Madalena Alberto: Don’t Cry For Me

Madalena Alberto stages intriguing debut at St James Studio. Read about it here:

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Sally Ann Triplett: Elephants to Broadway and Back Again

Musical theatre star Sally Ann Triplett brings her cabaret to the Crazy Coqs.

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The Dreamers

Community musical piece on the Great War performed with passion and commitment. Read review here:

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5th London Cabaret Awards to be voted for by public!

Announcement: the 5th London Cabaret Awards to be voted for by public, not judging panel. Read more here

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Amanda McBroom: Noir – Songs of Love

Another eloquent and stimulating evening from Amanda McBroom – this time on a new theme of film noir.

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