Featured Performer

Sid Dolbear completes the Surrey Showcase line-up

Our final act, completing our line-up is…

Sid Dolbear

Regular visitors to the theatre and members of both The Nomads and Bookham Light Operatic Society will recognise Sid from his numerous appearances in productions over the years. Well-known, and well-loved, Sid will be presenting a few poems and readings for us on Saturday 18th at Surrey Showcase!

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Opera cabaret presented by Bronwen Harding

Bringing her amazing opera set to The Studio…

Bronwen Harding

Bronwen made her operatic title role debut as ‘Carmen’ in London with Secret Opera and also premièred as ‘Madre Germont’ in the company’s all female production of Verdi’s La traviata – “The Trousered Traviata”  – with performances in London and Brighton. Recent opera roles include ‘Orlofsky’ in J.Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Opera Integra), ‘Lola’ in Cavalleria Rusticana‘ (Opera Passione), ‘Suzuki’ in Madama Butterfly (Hellenic Opera Co, Greece) and ‘Amore’ & ‘Valetto’ in Lincoronazione di Poppea (Skull of Yorick Productions) and ‘Dorabella’ in Cosi fan tutti (Ensemble OrQuesta). 

In 2017, Bronwen founded Rogue Opera to bring intimate opera productions to new spaces and audiences. The company’s first show, Bizet’s Carmen, premiered in May 2018 and will tour in Autumn/Winter. Bronwen is also a regular recitalist and performs for private and corporate events across the UK.  

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Charlotte Rowling represents Play In A Week on the Main Stage

We’re welcoming soloist…

Charlotte Rowling

Charlotte is an alumna of the Orpheus Centre, established by Sir Richard Stilgoe twenty years ago in Godstone, Surrey.  She has been singing, under the guidance of a professional tutor and mentor, for nearly twenty years and has sung at St John’s, Smith Square, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Opera House.  She sings regularly in outreach performances for the Orpheus Centre, demonstrating, in the best way she can, what the Centre can offer young people who face more than their fair share of challenges in life.

She is an enthusiastic member of an arts group called Freewheelers where she contributes to music, singing and drama workshops, and recently performed in their production of Amandla, telling the story of Nelson Mandela.  Charlotte has recorded several CDs and is learning the violin.  She has established her own stained-glass project and, to let off steam, is now a member of Meridian Archery Club.  Never a dull moment!

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Duo Simon & Nika on Bob’s Busker Spot

Adding a duo to our busker line-up…

Simon & Nika

Nika and Simon have been performing together since the beginning of 2018as an acoustic duo and as part of a bigger band.  They play many different styles from Blues to Gospel to Rock.  At the Surrey Showcase event they will perform some Jazz standards; a particular favourite!

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Up on our Bob’s Busker Spot – James Gourlay

Joining the buskers…

James Gourlay

Born and raised in Guildford, I am a 21 year old multi instrumentalist. Whilst still a novice at live performances, I have been playing instruments for the past 11 years ranging from Guitar, Piano and Drums. I take influences from bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Green Day. My claim to fame came back in 2013 at George Abbot School when my band won the battle of the band competition during charity week!

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In The Studio – Marc Brightside

On The Studio stage…

Marc Brightside

Marc Brightside is an author of poetry and realist fiction for adults, hailing from South London. Marc first discovered poetry under the tuition of Julian Stannard and has since been been published in various outlets across the UK, both online and in print. His poem ‘Eleven Years of May’ was a top ten finalist in the National Poetry Competition and his debut collection, Keep it in the Family, was released by Dempsey & Windle Publishing in 2017.

Marc is currently working on a second poetry collection and his first full-length novel, and can be found performing in-and-around Central London. Fans of barbed, bitter, cynical musings on life may find something to enjoy in these poems.

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Poet, Ray Pool in The Studio

Hailing from Farnham and joining The Studio stage…

Ray Pool

Ray is a published poet from Farnham, regularly reading at open mic poetry events in London and in the Home Counties and tends to favour characterisations using regional accents for poems of an ironic nature whilst also being fond of more serious material too. Ray currently has two pamphlets to his credit, and Dempsey & Windle have published two collections by Ray who has at various times in a varied life been a musician working on the BBC and on cruise ships,  a skilled  furniture  restorer, a bird – watcher, an opportunistic photographer, and a keen railway enthusiast. He is a collector of quaint words, dialects, regional accents, other  people’s conversations, tin whistles, and other shiny things, which may go some way to  explain the eclectic nature of his poems. His stories, dryly and sometimes absurdly humorous, are always entertaining and sometimes moving.

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Ukulele workshop with Charlie

Get involved and join the Ukulele jam on the main stage with…

Charlie Tottman

Charlie from The Play Now Corporation hosts a ‘Learn To Play Ukulele From Scratch’ workshop. Charlie’s experience as a musician has seen him perform throughout the UK & Europe and deliver lessons to aspiring musicians across a range of age groups and abilities. The Play Now Corporation deliver lessons to workplaces & organisations.
His session at 12:05 on Saturday 18th August at the Surrey Showcase aims to show you just how easy it is to pick up a new instrument, encouraging you to get involved and learn as part of a group.
Absolutely no musical experience required!

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New musical, Perfectly Ordinary at the Surrey Showcase

We’re excited to welcome a brand new musical to our stage…

Perfectly Ordinary

A new musical by GSA student, Matthew Rankcom and highly experienced MD, Joe Wilson, – Perfectly Ordinary explores how we view mental health. A preview of the songs from the musical can be found on Soundcloud and, excitingly, the production premiere’s at Surrey’s very own Guildford Fringe on 24/25th July 2018.
At Surrey Showcase, we’ll be among the first lucky few to hear some of the numbers from the show – not to be missed!
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