Richard Marsh in association with Theatre503 presents

Edfringe Preview: Phoenix

Written by Richard Marsh & Jessica Sharman
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When wannabe rock god Ash Phoenix (talented, charming, unknown) unexpectedly becomes a father, there’s only room for one star in the family. And it isn’t him. Ash isn’t raising hell – he’s raising a kid… alone. 

A comic musical drama from Fringe First winner (and 503/5 writer) Richard Marsh (Dirty Great Love Story) and no. 1 songwriter Jessica Sharman. 

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.
Every note you hear in this one-man musical is played live by an insanely gifted musician. 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.
Lucy Jane Atkinson directs Phoenix – an uplifting heartbreak banger of a show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll rock. 

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 Sharman 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). 


Monday 22 July Mon 22 Jul 20:45 Book Now
Artistic Team
Richard Marsh & Jessica Sharman
Lucy Jane Atkinson
Music and Lyrics
Jessica Sharman
Book, Music and Lyrics
Richard Marsh
Pia Furtado
Musical Arranger
Andy Gallo
Lighting Designer and Operator
Rose Hockaday
Ash Phoenix
Andy Gallo

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