The Stephen Sondheim Society is back at the The Phoenix Artist Club with another cabaret hosted by Tim McArthur and MD’d by Aaron Clingham. Joining Tim and Aaron for an evening of Sondheim, new writing and show-tune classics on 13 June 2016 is Katie Brennan, Grant McConvey and Sarah Waddell.
WHEN: Monday 13th June 2016
TIME: 7.30–9.30 pm
TICKETS: £15 (or £12 to Society members)
Katie Brennan describes herself as a “blogger, writer, actress and gin drinker” but is best known to theatre audiences as an actress and cabaret artist. Katie graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2010 with an MA (Distinction) in Musical Theatre, received the Ian Fleming Award and was selected as The Stage Critics Choice. Having performed in everything from Panto to Pinter, Katie is also a successful cabaret performer, her own solo shows Song of the Single Girl and Twentysomething – The Quarter Life Crisis Cabaret having sold out on numerous occasions. On a slightly less glittery note, Katie also provides corporate voiceovers, voicing IT training programmes, commercials and services.
This summer, Katie is delighted to be working with Underbelly and will be performing her solo show, Katie Brennan’s Quarter-Life Crisis, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other theatre credits include: Deb in Ordinary Days (Rosemary Branch Theatre), Tinkerbell/Mrs Darling in Peter Pan (Chelmsford Civic Theatre), Tina in Orton (Above the Stag), Dr Harcourt Gregory in Anatomy Of A Murder (Pleasance Theatre/For Short Theatre); Karen in FutureSpark (UK Centre for Carnival Arts), Storyteller in You Obviously Know What I’m Talking About (The Hat Factory), Seasonal Sauce (Watermill Theatre), Fairy Story in Jack and the Beanstalk (Loughborough Town Hall/The Maltings Berwick Upon Tweed), The Lost Christmas (Waterloo East Theatre), Froth in A New Way to Pay Old Debts (Rose Theatre, Bankside), Columbina in The Glorious Ones and Mabel Gumm in Before the Night is Through (Landor Theatre), Anita in West Side Story (The Bernstein Festival), featured Vocalist in Bernstein’s Mass (Southbank Centre), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Edinburgh Fringe), Edith in The White Feather and Effy Krayneck in The Spitfire Grill (Union Theatre).
Grant McConvey is a Scottish actor and singer who graduated from the Guildford School of Acting last year. Before finishing his studies, he was a finalist in The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition in 2015, where he sang the winning Best New Song (“Don’t Look Down”) and was “highly commended” for his performance.
Since graduating, his musical theatre credits include Wallis (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), The Sessions (Royal Albert Hall), The Great Jewish American Songbook (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and Side By Side By Sondheim (Brockley Jack). He also appeared at the Stephen Sondheim 85th birthday gala Hey, Old Friends! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 2015.
Sarah Waddell is a versatile actor originally from Glasgow. Following a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at Glasgow University, Sarah studied a post-grad in Acting at the Drama Studio London and has gone on to have a busy career as an actress and singer on stage and screen. Recent theatre credits include Jack’s Mother in Into The Woods (Ye Olde Rose and Crown), Maw/Didi/Maggie in The Hard Man (Finborough), Deborah in The Deborah (Pleasance Courtyard), Warder u/s Stella/Irene/Joan in Cause Celebre (Old Vic), Liza in Girls Night (tour), Georgie in The Full Monty (New Players Theatre) and Doreen in The York Realist (Riverside Studios).
TV credits: Janet Peter in Doctors, Clare in The Gym. Movie credits: Jess in Prevenge (2015), Older Isla in Scarred at Last (2014), Jackie in Esther’s Funeral (2007), The Enigma in Catalina – A New Breed of Superhero (2005) and Marion in Deadpan Valentine (2005).
Tim McArthur trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Stage credits include: Maurice in two seasons of Bathhouse (Above the Stag); Soloist in Gay Company (RADA), Sam Byck in Assassins (Pleasance);Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered and Classic Moments: Hidden Treasures (Jermyn Street Theatre); Silence The Musical and Blink(Above the Stag); Blair on Broadway (Arts Theatre); Company (Palace Theatre, Westcliffe); Fred Astaire: His Daughter’s Tribute (London Palladium); Forever Plaid (UK Tour), Helen Lederer’s One Night Stand(UK Tour); Widow Twankey in Aladdin; Dame Katherine Wheel inSleeping Beauty; Dame Abbey Dore in Dick Whittington and Maisis Toates in Cinderella (The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford); Nurse Nelly inSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Beck Theatre, Hayes), and Twankey in Aladdin (Chelmsford Civic).
Solo cabaret shows include: Don’t Tell Mama, The Purcell Room (New York); Union Theatre; Jermyn Street Theatre and, most recently, Theatre Lounge (Kuala Lumpur).
As Sister Mary McArthur appearances include: West End Eurovision, Edinburgh Festival Gilded Balloon (2007); The Graham Norton Show (BBC1); Elton John’s Christmas Party, New Space Theatre 2 (Cape Town). Currently monthly season at The Cockpit Theatre – Sister Mary’s Sunday Show.
Directing credits include the critically acclaimed Into The Woods and A Little Night Music (Ye Old Rose and Crown);Newsrevue (Canal Café Theatre and Edinburgh Pleasance); The Sunny Side of The Street (Jermyn Street Theatre); Maurice, My Beautiful Launderette, When Harry Met Barry, Dangerous (Above The Stag Theatre); Follies, She Loves Me (Off West End Nomination, Best Director, 2012), Days Of Hope (Ye Old Rose and Crown); The New Four Poofs and a Piano (UK Tour), Helen Lederer – Be in the Now and the summer hit of 2014, Bathhouse.
Presenting credits include: BBC London, Sunday Brunch on Jemm,Tim McArthur interview on Theatre Radio and Five Live. Tim currently hosts The Curtain Up Show (Resonance 104.4FM) and for the past 2 years he hosted the Red Carpet at West End Eurovision also The West End Wilma Awards.
Aaron Clingham is an Off West End Award nominated Musical Director whose recent professional credits include 40th Anniversary production of Godspell, First London revival of Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends and Cleveland Street by BAFTA Award winner Glenn Chandler.
Aaron is owner of Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub in Walthamstow, and founder of Allstar Productions, where he has MD’d for, among others, A Little Night Music, Into The Woods, Piaf, The Musical of Musicals the Musical!, Girlfriends and Godspell. He is also regular seen taking on the MD role at Above The Stag.