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CELLIST VOCALIST COMEDIENNE KATE SHORTT Kate Shortt is a freelance cellist, vocalist and workshop leader. Her work takes her through varying genres, including Portuegese fado, Classical, Jazz, Theatre, Rock and Contemporary. Work with pop artists include Gary Kemp of Spandeau Ballet, Take That and Simon Le Bon. In the contemporary theatre world she has performed and toured with composer Jocelyn Pook . Amongst her work as a session player and collaborator in varying projects, Kate has played and toured regularly with the jazz singer Christine Tobin’s band and with guitarist Phil Robson. She performs with pianist Liam Noble and poet Penny Rimbaud as a free improviser ‘… her fierce avant-garde romaticism puts her in a class of her own…’ Kate’s one woman show ‘Shortt and Sweett’ was born in London Islington at the Kings Head Theatre in 1991 and consists of original songs, impressions and comedy. It has since graced the cabaret/comedy scene in London, Austria, Edinburgh and more. ‘…she twists the dials of our genre sensitive mind, hopping from station to station like a pre – digital radio sliding in and out of wave bands…’ Alban Low – The Art Of Jazz. Her album of original songs with piano/vocals ‘Something To Tell You’ (2006) depicts life, love, and the bits in-between. (cd baby/itunes /Amazon) ‘…Emotionally rich songs, thoughtful harmonies, and heartfelt reflections on life’ (M.U. Magazine) ‘… A remarkable Cellist…’ John Fordham (The Guardian) ‘… Wild cellist with wide ranging vocals…’ – The stage ‘… Very funny polished act and a wonderful elastic face…’ – London Live Radio
plus champion of left wing politics TV personality and comedian Award-winning KATE SMURTHWAITE She performs all over the UK and around the world at major clubs She also writes and tours an annual solo show of highbrow left wing comedy under the name The News At Kate which has been a feature of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2009. In 2013 she won a Three Week's Editor's Choice Award naming her one of the ten best things about the Edinburgh Fringe!Kate is often a guest on news and debate shows and is well known for her forthright opinions and campaigning work. Appearances include the BBC's flagship political debate show Question Time as well as BBC 1's The Big Questions, BBC Breakfast, BBC News 24, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, ITV News, ITV This Morning, Sky News, BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show, BBC 5live, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4 The Moral Maze. In 2012 Radio 4's Four Thought series included a 15-minute program written and performed entirely by Kate about sexist humour and sexism in comedy. One clip of her setting the world to rights even went super-viral under the name "Athiest B!tchslap".She also writes for publications from Cosmopolitan to both the Guardian and the Independent and is the Vice Chair and Media Spokesperson for campaign group Abortion Rights UK.Kate is a writer for the BBC Three political comedy show The Revolution Will Be Televised and the UK's leading political satire show Have I Got News For You?
Award-Winning PRESIDENT OBONJO of Lafta Republic "President Obonjo the Idi Amin of St Albans is a strong comic premise. President Obonjo is a great comic construct with lots of seized opportunities for playing the cliches" - Steve Bennett, Chortle
Very funny Irish stand up JACK HESTER