Richard Marsh in association with Theatre503 presents
RUNNING TIME/NOTICES: 70mins (no interval) / Recommended for 12yrs plus.
Ash is the ultimate one-man band: guitarist, pianist, drummer… and dad.
When wannabe rock god Ash Phoenix unexpectedly becomes a father, there’s only room for one star in the family. And it isn’t him. Music is really hard to combine with a small child. It’s noisy, it’s unsettled, the hours are terrible. Which is also true of music. And it’s hard to make it big when you’re constantly walking on Lego.
This new musical comedy heartbreaker comes from no.1 songwriter Jessica Sharman and Richard Marsh (Fringe First winner – Dirty Great Love Story; BBC Audio Drama Award Best Comedy winner – Love & Sweets). Phoenix is not only a spellbinding story – it’s a virtuoso feat by star Andy Gallo, who single-handedly creates the soundtrack before your very ears, while playing every part in the show. The man’s like a cuddly octopus – who can sing.
Richard Marsh & Jessica Sharman
Richard’s one-man show Skittles was commissioned by NBC Universal for Radio 4 as Love & Sweets, and won Best Scripted Comedy in the BBC Audio Drama Awards. Dirty Great Love Story (co-written and -performed with Katie Bonna) won a Fringe First in Edinburgh before transferring to New York then the West End. Wingman sold out Edinburgh before touring, then being developed by Big Talk for UK TV then with CBS Studios for US TV. It has yet to be on actual TV. He created Radio 4 poetry sitcom Cardboard Heart, starring alongside Phil Daniels, Olivia Poulet, Jemima Rooper, Rebecca Scroggs, Russell Tovey and Sam Troughton. He’s currently writing a musical adaptation of classic British indy movie Son of Rambow (with Miranda Cooper of Girls Aloud fame). His new show Phoenix will be at the Pleasance this summer.
Jessica is a professional songwriter, topliner, producer and musician. Her songs have been used worldwide for film (The Inbetweeners 2), TV (Made In Chelsea; Saving Hope) and advertising (Burberry). She's had multiple radio plays, including consecutive weeks spent on Radio 2's A & B list with artists like Ward Thomas and Hannah Grace, as well as plays on Radio 1 and Radio X; most recently with Irish artist Áine. She co-wrote over a third of the Ward Thomas’ second album Cartwheels, which went straight to Number 1 making UK Music History by being the first Country album to reach top of the charts. She co-wrote 6 tracks on their third record, Restless Minds, including the first 3 singles (Lie Like Me, Never Know, No Filter).
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