She was the girl who had it all: charisma, beauty, money, talent and adulation. Best known for her for her cover version of Doris Day’s “Secret Love” and for representing the United Kingdom in the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest, Kathy Kirby was musical icon of a generation. With her popularity peaking in the mid 1960s, she was one of the best known and most recognised personalities in British showbusiness, retiring at the height of her fame. But what happened when the party was over?
Tom O’Brien’s new play charts Kathy Kirby’s startling story. Her rise to superstardom, fame, fortune and a string of lovers to her withdrawal from public life and her struggle with inner demons, a spiral downwards, a turbulent personal life and the descent into virtual recluse. Illustrated with songs and live music from the thirties to the seventies Kathy Kirby: Icon is the portrait of an artist and a star who had it all and subsequently lost everything.
Kathy Kirby: Icon is accompanied by David Cantor’s new work I Play for Me which tells the fictional story of Elliot Figueroa, a trailblazing 1960s musician whose temperamental side comes hand-in-hand with his raw talent and, who on the brink of success, realises that everything comes at a cost
With a cast that comprises Jeremy Gagan, Tina Jones, Maggie Lynne, Eddie Mann, Harry McLeod, Lloyd Morris, Abbi O’Keiffe and Michael Scott Wiseman, Kathy Kirby Icon is written by Tom O’Brien whose work includes Money From America, Cricklewood Cowboys, Jack Doyle – Gorgeous Gael, Johnjo and On Raglan Road. I Play For Me is written by David Cantor who is best known for his work on the BBC comedy My Family. Both are directed by Tim Heath whose career as a writer and director has encompassed both opera and theatre, including work for Opera UK, Battersea Arts Centre, Theatre Royal Bath and The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford.
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MIHARA DONEGAN presents The World Premiere of
KATHY KIRBY: ICON
By Tom O’Brien and David Cantor
Director Tim Heath
October 20th to November 8th 2015
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Last Updated Monday 14th September 2015