Tim McArthur and Aaron Clingham will be returning to The Phoenix Artist Club in July for the fourth of our regular cabaret evenings. This time, we’ve got a glittering line up that includes Courtney Bowman, this year’s well-deserving winner of The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition. Joining Courtney for her Society debut will be Side by Side by Sondheim‘s Sarah Redmond and West End regular Gary Tushaw.
TIME: 7.30–9.30 pm
TICKETS: £15 (or £12 to Society members)
BOOKING: Call the Phoenix box office on 0333 666 3366
“The idea behind these cabarets,” says Society Chairman Craig Glenday, “is to celebrate Sondheim, of course, but also to encourage and support new and emerging talent. This is why we stipulated that part of the prize for our Student Performer of the Year winner should be the chance to perform in cabaret in the West End. I’m so excited that Courtney’s able to sing for us, as I’m sure we’ve only just seen a fraction of her talents during SSSSPOTY.”
Courtney won with a pulsating performance of “Me and My Town” as sung by Cora Hoover Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle – a role that she’d earlier played as part of her training at the Guidford School of Arts (GSA). For the upcoming cabaret, she will be joined at the intimate Phoenix Artists Club by two experienced veterans of the West End: Sarah Redmond and Gary Tushaw.
Sarah Redmond left Mountview Theatre School in 1993 and immediately began working as an actress and is still very active within the industry. London Theatre credits include: Hey, Old Friends! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Side By Side By Sondheim (Brockley Jack), The Duck Opera (Tete A Tete Opera, Kings Place, London), Alice In Wonderland and The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company), Grease (Dominion and Cambridge Theatres), Animal Crackers (Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue), The Magic Flute (Donmar Warehouse), La Traviata (Drill Hall), Songs For A New World and Of Thee I Sing (Bridewell Theatre), Dreaming (Queens, Shaftesbury Ave), Beauty And The Beards (Kings Head Islington), Zazuela! (Bloomsbury), three Lost Musicals (The Barbican).
Around the UK, Sarah appeared in Whenever for Alan Ackybourn and Wizard Of Oz (Birmingham Rep), Richard O’Brien’s new musical The Stripper (UK tour), Sound Of Music and Don Juan (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds), Company (Library Theatre, Manchester), and Perfect Picnic (Opera On The Run, UK Tour).
Sarah’s TV work includes a regular in Family Affairs (Ch.5), Quiet Desperation (BBC3), Uncle Dave (ITV), Chucklevision (BBC), If it was a Woman’s World (BBC), Eastenders (BBC), Barbara (ITV), Monty And Mirabella (Red Shaw Waters), Changes (BBC), Not Quite At The Opera (Ch.5), and various adverts.
Sarah is a very busy voice-over artist. Most recently she has played a 7-year-old boy for Bose Sound systems and a snooty cat for Bob Martin! Sarah has regularly appeared in concert and cabaret over the past 20 years, beginning in the mid-90’s late-night at Centre Stage, Covent Garden Hotel. Since then she has appeared all over the world from Hong Kong to Clacton-On-Sea! She has appeared at many London venues from The Criterion, Chelsea Arts Club, Café De Paris, Café Royal, Comedy Club, Duckie at The RVT and Heaven. For five years she ran and hosted a cabaret night alongside her sister Alice at The Water Rats Theatre Kings Cross.
Gary Tushaw trained at RADA. West End theatre includes: Sunset Boulevard (ENO); Sweeney Todd (ENO); Christopher Wren The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre); Marius Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Piccadilly).
Other theatre includes: Thérèse Raquin (Park Theatre and Finborough); The Liberation of Colette Simple (Jackson’s Lane); The Hired Man (Leicester Curve); Return of the Solider (Landor Theatre); Bonnie and Clyde (Kings Head Theatre); Billy Chickens is a Psychopath Superstar (Theatre 503/Latitude Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires); Hacked (Theatre 503); Bel Ami (White Bear); A Christmas Carol (Southwark Playhouse); Our Miss Gibbs (Finborough); The Melancholy Hussar (Kings Head); The Beggar’s Opera, Taming of the Shrew (Changeling Theatre Company); The Tempest (New Wolsey); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Pomegranate); As You like It, Hamlet (National Tour); Fumed Oak, Red Peppers, The Importance of Being Earnest (REL/Cunard Productions); The Devil’s Disciple (RADA Festival).
Recent workshop performances: Princess Phyllida’s Fortnight (Page to Stage at the Tristan Bates), In Gay Company (RADA Festival).
Gary will be appearing in the forthcoming European premiere of Allegro by Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Southwark Playhouse in August and September.