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A musical sprite with perfect comical timing
— Time Out
 
A fey figure... eccentric, and wildly talented
— Independent
Big-name comedian
— Guardian
No slouch in the foghorn department
— Evening Standard
Deft-fingered... exotic to behold... gender-bending
— Telegraph
Such a compelling performer
— Exeunt
A monstrously gregarious geezer
— Fest
Wimpy straight man... like the kindly art teacher you once had a pash on
— Arts Desk
Fabulous in voice and good looks, but also plays keyboard like an angel and bodypops like a devil
— Scotsman
One of those infuriatingly multi-talented people who can turn his hand to just about anything
— Gay Times

News

 

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9 things

11.9.15 / Greenwich, Tottenham, Manor House, Stoke Newington, UK
Videographer: Rosie Jones / Makeup: Elizabeth Hedley / Choreographer: Kristina Demou /
Co-stars: Adam Lee Mroz & Marcus Reeves

the artist-critic conflict

29.1.14 / Camberwell Studios, UK
Cameraman: Duncan McLean / Stylist: Yaya Wilkinson / Sound Engineer: James Johnston

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Music

All music, lyrics, arrangements and vocals by Matthew Floyd Jones unless otherwise stated.

Recorded at Woodstock Studios, Shock & Awe Studios, and Wisebuddah.

Commission me to compose/arrange a piece of music for you here

  • 3:39
    Commissioned by BBC Radio 1. Laura Corcoran (additional music and lyrics, vocals), Scott Mills (vocals), Chris Stark (vocals), Beccy Huxtable (vocals), Marc Vickers (production).
  • 4:22
    Laura Corcoran (additional lyrics, vocals), Sarah-Louise Young (vocals), Joanna Woodward (vocals), Victoria Futterweit (vocals), Barry Hilton (production).
  • 5:04
    James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 2:25
    James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 3:55
    James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 3:08
    James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 2:10
    Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 1:45
    From 'Psychodermabrasion'. Barry Hilton (production).
  • 3:26
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Susannah Mountfort (lyrics), Bethany Barber (vocals), James Pickering (production).
  • 3:36
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Giuseppe Verdi (music), Dominic J. Walsh (vocals), Alex Otterburn (vocals), James Pickering (production).
  • 3:18
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Leo Delibes (music), Jenny Stafford (vocals), James Pickering (production).
  • 3:55
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (music), Gaetano Donizetti (music), Alex Otterburn (vocals), Dominic J. Walsh (vocals), Jenny Stafford (vocals), James Pickering (production).
  • 4:45
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Georges Bizet (music), Jenny Stafford (vocals), Dominic J. Walsh (vocals), James Pickering (production).
 

biography

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Matthew is best known as the male keyboard-playing half of Frisky & Mannish, the musical comedy double act noted for their twisted pop parodies.  The duo's first full-length show, School of Pop, was hailed as the "undisputed hit of the Edinburgh Fringe" (Herald) and the beginning of a "global phenomenon." (Times)  Garlanded with thirteen five-star reviews, the show transferred to Soho Theatre for a sell-out limited run, and then embarked upon an international tour, starting with a three-week engagement at the Sydney Opera House, and including seasons at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and an award-winning single appearance at the Brighton Fringe.  After storming the cabaret tent at Latitude Festival, the pair returned to Edinburgh with a sophomore show, The College Years, which garnered them enough critical acclaim to land second place out of over 2500 productions on Edinburgh  Festival Guide's 'Top-Rated Shows' list, and led to the first of their live performances on BBC Radio 1, an appearance that crashed their website.  Their third show, Pop Centre Plus, championed in The Independent by Ruby Wax, sold out the Udderbelly and toured the United Kingdom, culminating in the duo's highest-profile solo gig to date at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.  The following year, their 'greatest hits' show Extra-Curricular Activities toured internationally, earning the duo an award for Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe, whilst they simultaneously premièred an experimental new work, 27 Club, which was much darker in tone and received rave reviews.  The pair were then invited to write and record 'Perfect Christmas Single' for BBC Radio 1, which was downloaded over 170,000 times and continues to be played each Christmas.  After a year's hiatus, the duo returned to form with Just Too Much, a "blistering" show which premièred on the South Bank, and was  then presented at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Forum in London, and Fringe World in Australia.  More recently, they have developed CabaRIOT, a protest show exploring topical socio-political themes that has toured venues in London, Perth, Edinburgh, and Auckland.  Aside from their own shows, the pair headlined two West End variety nights at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, and played many of the major music festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, and T in the Park.  They have been featured on BBC Radio 2's The Arts Show, BBC Radio 3's The Verb, BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama, BBC2's The Culture Show, and BBC3's Three at the Fringe.  They were runners-up at Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2010, and nominees for a Chortle Award and a Loaded LAFTA Award.  Their act has been described as "superb and uncontrollable" (Times), "wildly talented" (Independent), "riotous" (Guardian), "effortless" (Observer), "unbelievable" (Sun), "fully blown superstars" (Time Out), "extraordinary" (New Zealand Herald), "a force of nature" (West Australian), and "pure exhilarating brilliance from start to finish" (Chortle).

Matthew received a grant from Arts Council England to create his first solo show, Psychodermabrasion, devised in collaboration with Dickie Beau at Jacksons Lane, and singled out as a 'top theatre pick' in The Guardian.  His second show, Marksman, was developed at the Young Vic, and will be premièred at the Holbeck Underground Ballroom in Leeds during March 2017, directed by Russell Lucas and supported by Slung Low.  His third solo show, Richard Carpenter's Close to You, will be launched at Brighton Fringe in May 2017. He also performs solo acts in the guise of Ruth Less, an alt-drag character who was crowned the winner of 'Miss Twin Peaks 2013' at The Double R Club, and has since appeared at Glastonbury with Miss Behave, Soho Theatre with Nina Conti, Shoreditch Town Hall with John Kearns, The Glory with Jonny Woo, Udderbelly with Scott Capurro, Barbican, London Wonderground, Theatre Delicatessen, Pleasance, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and Bethnal Green Working Men's Club.

As a composer, Matthew wrote the score for Jon Brittain's A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) which premièred in Hull and transferred to the New Diorama.  He co-wrote the book, music and lyrics for 2012: An Olympic Vaudeville, part of Greenwich Theatre's Emerging Artists Season and described in Time Out as "bursting with inventive attention to music, comedy, visual impact and dramatic structure." He has also written original music for Pimlico Opera, The Oxford Revue, and a number of events by immersive company Gingerline.  His musical directing credits include Stay Another Song at the Young Vic, Into the Woods at the Oxford Playhouse, Merman at the Jermyn, and the Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated The Reunion.  As a director, his work on Screwtopia! and The Big Screw-Up garnered critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, St. James Theatre, and Adelaide Fringe. Matthew has written, produced and starred in two short films: The Artist-Critic Conflict, which was long-listed for a British Comedy Award in the category of 'Best Internet Comedy Programme', and Too Cabaret: A Message for Gary Barlow, a viral which was featured in The Independent and The Guardian, the latter calling it a "hugely entertaining video riposte" by "some of our brightest and most talented producers and performers."  He co-wrote the screenplay for Session Squared, which won an Audience Award at the 48 Hour Film Project London 2013.  He is also an occasional contributing writer for Exeunt Magazine.

As an actor, Matthew played the lead role in Steven Bloomer's Punch at the Edinburgh Fringe, for which he was variously described as "a terrific lead" (Time Out), "a joy" (Exeunt), "charismatic" (Scotsman), and "fine" (Stage).  He appeared in Dickie Beau's Camera Lucida at the Barbican, a production which received the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award.  Other roles have included Honey in Heels of Glory (Chelsea Theatre), Kenny Everett in Royal Vauxhall (Underbelly), Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (Oxford Playhouse), and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Primavera).  He has also worked at the National Theatre, Old Vic, Peacock Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, King's Head, New Wolsey Theatre, Waterfront Hall, Sherman Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre, and theatre503.

Matthew trained with the National Youth Music Theatre, and earned an Advanced Performance Certificate in piano from Trinity College London.  He graduated from the University of Oxford with an exhibition prize, a scholarship, a Full Blue award, and a joint honours degree in Classics and English. 

theatre

Marksman  /  The HUB Leeds
Role: Writer, Performer  /  Russell Lucas (dir.), Porl Cooper (prod.)

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)  /  Fruit Hull, New Diorama, Greenwich Theatre, Pleasance Edinburgh Fringe
Role: Composer, MD  /  Jon Brittain (writ.), Alex Mitchell (dir.), Silent Uproar (prod.)

Charming Dick  /  Cockpit Theatre
Role: Witch Queen  /  Paul Emelion Daly (writ.), Tim McArthur (dir.), Catia Ciarico (prod.)

Royal Vauxhall  /  Latitude, Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe, RVT
Role: Kenny Everett  /  Desmond O'Connor (writ.), Lucy Wray (dir.), Suzanna Rosenthal (prod.)

Heels of Glory  /  Chelsea Theatre
Role: Honey  /  Heather Tyrrell, Richard Link (writs.), Stephen Heatley (dir.)

Stay Another Song  /  Young Vic
Role: Musical Director  /  Elayce Ismail (dir.), Imogen Brodie (prod.)

Failed States  /  Latitude Festival
Role: Hannah and others  /  Andrew Taylor, Desmond O'Connor (writs.), Patrick Wilde (dir.), Dysphoria Arts (prod.)

Psychodermabrasion  /  Jacksons Lane
Role: Writer, Performer  /  Dickie Beau (dir.), Adrian Berry (prod.); Arts Council England grant recipient

Camera Lucida  /  Barbican Centre
Role: Fig. 3  /  Dickie Beau (dir.), Dead City Radio (prod.)

Real Horror Show  /  Leicester Square Theatre, Assembly Edinburgh Fringe
Role: Adam and others  /  Colin Hoult (writ.), Kat Hoult (dir.)

Dirty Laundry  /  theatre503, Latitude, Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe
Role: Tristan, Constable  /  Rachel Hirons (writ.), Kat Hoult (dir.), Joe Brown, Old Vic New Voices (prods.)

Punch  /  Canal Café Theatre, Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe
Role: John  /  Steven Bloomer (writ.), Jessica Edwards (dir.), Little Dog (prod.)

2012: An Olympic Vaudeville  /  Greenwich Theatre
Role: Writer, Performer  /  Leela Bunce (co-writ.), The Zeit Geists (prod.)

The Iron Eyelashes  /  New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich
Role: Joe  /  Imogen Brodie (writ.), Sarah Niven (dir.), Imaginary Forces (prod.)

The Threepenny Opera  /  Oxford Playhouse
Role: Peachum  /  Lotte Wakeham (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Bajazet  /  Caves Edinburgh Fringe
Role: Osmin  /  Ed Behrens (dir.), Double Edge Drama (prod.)

Into the Woods  /  Oxford Playhouse
Role: Musical Director  /  Tom Littler, Lotte Wakeham (dirs.), OUDS, Primavera (prods.)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch  /  Old Fire Station Oxford
Role: Musical Director  /  Harry Scoble-Rees (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

The Caucasian Chalk Circle  /  Oxford Playhouse
Role: Lavrenti and others  /  Lily Sykes (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

The Insect Play  /  Old Fire Station Oxford
Role: Ichneumon Fly  /  Nanw Rowlands (dir.), Big Clock (prod.)

I Was a Rat!  /  C Venues Edinburgh Fringe
Role: Roger  /  Holly Race (dir.)

A Midsummer Night's Dream  /  Merton College Oxford
Role: Puck  /  Tom Littler (dir.), Primavera (prod.)

Assassins  /  Old Fire Station Oxford
Role: Charles Guiteau  /  Laura Corcoran (dir.), MofO (prod.)

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change  /  Burton Taylor Studio Oxford
Role: Musical Director  /  Kieran Pugh (dir.), MofO (prod.)

Godspell  /  O'Reilly Theatre Oxford
Role: Musical Director  /  Laura Corcoran (dir.), MofO (prod.)

Once Upon a Mattress  /  Electric Theatre Guildford
Role: Minstrel  /  Angela Hardcastle (dir.), SCYT (prod.)

Twelfth Night  /  Oriel College Oxford
Role: Antonio  /  James Methven (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Lulu  /  Old Fire Station Oxford
Role: Edvard Schwarz  /  Lily Sykes (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Three Sisters  /  Oxford Playhouse
Role: Fedotik  /  Andrew Leveson (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Guys and Dolls  /  Old Fire Station Oxford
Role: Nicely-Nicely  /  Wayne Ives (dir.), Deep Blue Theatre (prod.)

The Compartment  /  Burton Taylor Studio Oxford
Role: Young Man  /  Kate Sagovsky (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Two Gentlemen of Verona  /  Electric Theatre Guildford
Role: Antonio, Eglamour  /  Angela Hardcastle (dir.), SCYT (prod.)

Oklahoma!  /  Waterfront Hall Belfast, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, Peacock Theatre
Role: Ensemble  /  Roger Haines (dir.), NYMT (prod.)

The Secret Garden  /  King's Head Theatre
Role: Dickon  /  Miles Eady (dir.), Elephant Theatre Company (prod.)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  /  Thorndike Theatre Leatherhead
Role: Children's Chorus  /  Bill Kenwright (prod.)

A Christmas Carol  /  Thorndike Theatre Leatherhead
Role: Young Scrooge  /  Glen Walford (dir.)

EVENT

Madame Gingerline  /  Gingerline
Role: Composer, MD  /  Susannah Mountfort (dir.)

Chambers of Flavour  /  Gingerline
Role: Composer  /  Susannah Mountfort (dir.)

I'm Still Here - Elaine Paige  /  Royal Albert Hall
Role: Voice-over  /  Laura Corcoran (dir.), ScreenLive Entertainment (prod.)

Planet Gingerline  /  Gingerline
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (dir.), Susannah Mountfort (prod.)

WORKSHOP / READING

Itch3  /  Platform Southwark
Role: Writer, Performer  /  Russell Lucas (dir.)

Less Women  /  Shoreditch Town Hall
Role: Writer, Director, Ruth, Mercy/  James Pidgeon (prod.)

Wif and Wer  /  Temporary Theatre National Theatre
Role: Paul  /  Rona Munro (writ.), Anna Ledwich (dir.), Sphinx Theatre Company (prod.)

Christopher Himself  /  Point Eastleigh
Role: Christopher Isherwood  /  Philip Glassborow (writ.), Angela Hardcastle (dir.)

Love is a Greater Crime than Hate  /  Riverside Studios
Role: Writer

Re-Member Me  /  Barbican Centre
Role: Hamlet  /  Dickie Beau (dir.); Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award winner

The Guinea Pig Club  /  Trafalgar Studios
Role: Tony  /  Susan Watkins (writ.), Helen Eastman (dir.)

Ordinary Decent Criminals  /  Pimlico Opera
Role: Composer  /  Rose Heiney (writ.), Olivia Fuchs (dir.)

comedy

Richard Carpenter's Close to You  /  Otherplace Brighton Fringe, Old Joint Stock Birmingham, The HUB Leeds, Old Fire Station Oxford, King's Arms Manchester, Wardrobe Bristol, Teapot York
Role: Writer, Richard Carpenter  /  Charlotte Gittins (co-writ.)

CabaRIOT  /  London Wonderground, Udderbelly South Bank & Edinburgh Fringe, West Australian Spiegeltent Fringe World, Auckland Town Hall
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Sharon Burgess (prod.)

Szgrabble  /  Bar Tank Edinburgh Fringe, Museum of Comedy
Role: Musical Director  /  Nick Hall (writ.)

Just Too Much  /  Udderbelly South Bank & Edinburgh Fringe, UK tour, Circustheater Fringe World
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Elle While (dir.), Underbelly Ltd., Phil McIntyre Ents., Sharon Burgess (prods.); Entertainmentwise Best Comedy Award winner

The Big Screw Up  /  Assembly Edinburgh Fringe
Role: Director  /  Richard David-Caine, Joseph Elliott, Thom Ford, Conan House (writs.), James Grant Mgmt. (prod.)

Screwtopia!  /  Assembly Edinburgh Fringe, St. James Theatre, Cupola Adelaide Fringe
Role: Director  /  Richard David-Caine, Joseph Elliott, Thom Ford, Conan House (writs.), James Grant Mgmt. (prod.)

The Reunion  /  Pleasance Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre
Role: Musical Arranger  /  Max Olesker, Iván González (writs.), Tom Parry (dir.), Mick Perrin Worldwide (prod.); Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee

Extra-Curricular Activities  /  Assembly Edinburgh Fringe, UK tour, Circustheater Fringe World, Deluxe Adelaide Fringe
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Phil McIntyre Ents., Sharon Burgess (prods.); Adelaide Fringe Weekly Best Comedy Award winner

27 Club  /  Tabard Theatre, Assembly Edinburgh Fringe
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (co-writ.)

Pop Centre Plus  /  Udderbelly South Bank & Edinburgh Fringe, Bestival, UK tour, Absolut Fringe Dublin, Shepherd's Bush Empire, De Parel Spiegeltent Fringe World
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Phil McIntyre Ents. (prod.)

The College Years  /  Latitude, Riverside Studios, Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe, Bloomsbury Theatre, UK tour, De Parel Spiegeltent Fringe World
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Phil McIntyre Ents. (prod.)

School of Pop  /  Leicester Square Theatre, BAC, Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Pacific Blue Festival Club Wellington New Zealand International Arts Festival, Hi-Fi Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, UK tour
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (co-writ.); Guardian Award winner, FringeGuru Editor's Choice Award winner, Chortle Award nominee

The Oxford Revue  /  Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe, Old Fire Station Oxford, Oxford Playhouse
Role: Writer, Performer  /  Drummond Moir, Rose Heiney, Ed Behrens (dirs.)

CABARET

La Soirée  /  Spiegeltent London
Role: Musical Arranger  /  Brett Haylock (prod.)

Enter Mickey Jeronimo  /  Riverside Studios
Role: Writer, Mickey Jeronimo

The Double R Club  /  Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
Role: Ruth Less  /  London Cabaret Award nominee

A Frisky & Mannish Christmas  /  Lyric Theatre
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Beyond the Cabaret (prod.)

La Clique  /  London Hippodrome
Role: Mannish  /  Brett Haylock (prod.)

Pieter at the Orchid  /  Cobalt Café Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
Role: Joe  /  Imogen Brodie (writ.), Sarah Niven (dir.), Imaginary Forces (prod.)

Merman at the Jermyn  /  Jermyn St. Theatre, Aldeburgh Music Festival
Role: Musical Director  /  Dominic Mattos (writ./dir.), Joyous Pie (prod.)

film / SHORT FILM

A Stranger Kind  /  Orofena Films
Role: Musician  /  Aled Roberts (writ.), Ollie Murray (dir.)

The Artist-Critic Conflict
Role: Writer, Performer  /  Duncan McLean (dir.); British Comedy Award nominee

Session Squared  /  HookHitch Theatre
Role: Writer  /  Jonny Klein (co-writ.), Christopher Mills (dir.); 48 Hour Film Project London Audience Award winner

Too Cabaret: A Message for Gary Barlow  /  Cabarati
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Laura Corcoran (dir.)

RADIO

Sketchorama  /  BBC Radio 4
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Comedy Unit (prod.)

The Verb  /  BBC Radio 3
Role: Mannish  /  Jessica Treen (prod.)

The Perfect Christmas Single  /  BBC Radio 1
Role: Writer, Mannish  /  Chris Cox (dir.), Emlyn Williams, Wise Buddah (prods.)

Fun and Filth Cabaret  /  BBC Radio 1
Role: Mannish

The Scott Mills Show  /  BBC Radio 1
Role: Mannish  /  Emlyn Williams (prod.)

The Arts Show  /  BBC Radio 2
Role: Mannish

Curiosity Killed the Cabaret  /  BBC Radio 4
Role: Mannish  /  Ali McGregor (dir.)

The Lauren Laverne Show  /  BBC6 Music
Role: Mannish

TELEVISION

Text Santa  /  ITV
Role: Mannish

Love Shaft  /  E4
Role: Singing teacher  /  Lucky Day (prod.)

Live at the Fringe  /  BBC3
Role: Mannish

The Culture Show  /  BBC2
Role: Writer, Mannish

Dick and Dom's Funny Business  /  BBC2
Role: Mannish

The Hour  /  STV
Role: Mannish

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press

INTERVIEWS

British Comedy Guide  |  "Frisky & Mannish"

Alice Jones, The Independent  |  "Frisky & Mannish" 

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph  |  "Frisky & Mannish"

Jay Richardson, Edinburgh Festival Guide  |  "Frisky & Mannish" 

Tom Lamont, The Guardian  |  "Frisky & Mannish" 

Jimmy Aquino, Stated  |  "Frisky & Mannish"

Liz Arratoon, The Stage  |  "Matthew Floyd Jones" 

Bridget Galton, Ham & High  |  "Matthew Floyd Jones"

James Russell, Gay Times  |  "Matthew Floyd Jones"

REVIEWS

Chortle  |  "Frisky & Mannish's School of Pop"

The Independent  |  "Frisky & Mannish's School of Pop"

The Observer  |   "Frisky & Mannish's School of Pop"

The List  |  "Frisky & Mannish: The College Years"

Three Weeks  |  "Frisky & Mannish: Extra-Curricular Activities"

Adelaide Advertiser  |  "Frisky & Mannish: Extra-Curricular Activities"

Time Out  |  "Punch"

A Younger Theatre  |  "Frisky & Mannish: Just Too Much"

This is Cabaret  |  "Psychodermabrasion"

British Theatre Guide  |  "Heels of Glory"

Fest  |  "Royal Vauxhall"