Tea with Marlene is a passionate celebration of the life of Berlin born actress and Hollywood screen legend Marlene Dietrich. Feminist pioneer, Bi-sixual cross dresser, Anti-war protester and Gay Icon, Dietrich did it all with wild abandon. Way before the days of social media and fake news, Marlene was involved in the process of being, inventing a style, which continues to provide inspiration for many artists to this day. The show Includes her most well known songs: Lola, Falling in Love Again and Lili Marlene to name but a few.
A Cabaret Story is a fast paced musical and literary journey through the history of cabaret as a social and political movement. From its humble beginnings in the salons of Paris in 1881 to its demise in the bars of Berlin in 1933. It includes songs from the The Belle Epoque and The Weimar Republik. The idea sprang from a life long passion with the genre and the artists who helped develop its reputation as a tool for expression. During what can only be described as the incubation period, I visited both Paris and Berlin often, in search of the the divinely decadent Cabarets depicted by the 1970's film Cabaret and Liza Minellis characterisation of the Christoper Isherwood character Sally Bowles. Maybe I was hoping to find her performing still somewhere in a dark bar hidden away in the deepest and darkest depths of the city. Well surprise surprise, I didnt' find her! However I was inspired enough to want to put together a show that told the story of the genre and thats exactley what I did. And guess what , when the show was ready Sally Bowles found me. In the form of a bar of the same name in the area of Nollendorf Platz. And the rest they say is history.
The Sound of Christmas was based on traditional songs sung around the world at Christmas time. It included such classics as 'The Fairy Tale of New York' and even saw me take on the challenge of singing Freddie Mercury's 'Thank God It's Christmas.' This as we all know is no mean feet and presents any performer with a challenge. In keeping with the Christmas spirit we even added a cabaret version of the song Silent Night which we performed as a cats chorus.