Anne-Marie Piazza

Trained at The Bristol Old Theatre School


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Songs from “The Wicker Husband”

30th October  2016 I performed at a @Cue_Theatre scratch night of new musicals and introduced a brand new song from forthcoming musical “The Wicker Husband.” The song is called “Have You Seen My Husband” and composer Darren Clark and I had only spent a short while on it before bringing it before this audience. Hence the ipad in hand.. with the lyrics.

We also performed my old favourite “My Wicker Man”

Tuesday 7th February we will be spending a whole day working on the musical (in a lab as part of their mentor ship by Stiles and Drewe) so no doubt I’ll have some updates for you then… in the meantime enjoy these songs


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Sondheim and Spacey

This May Rhys Jennings and Darren Clark learned their new musical was shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation bursary and were to present to a panel of musical theatre experts including Michael England, Beverley Knight, Clive Rowe, Danielle Tarento.. to name a few. I’d first worked on The Wicker Husband, an original story by Ursula-Wills Jones, exactly a year ago. We had a week’s rehearsal and development under the playful direction of Charlotte Westenra.  Ever since, Darren andRrhys have been working tireless on the story, the script the score and, most importantly the funding.

The song Darren and Rhys choice to use in their presentation was My Wicker Man which they asked me to reprise (yes being my obvious answer) and with the musical talents of Rachel Dawson, Loren O’Dair and Ruairi Glasheen we had our ensemble. There’s no recording of this wonderful performance but here’s my recording made at the St James’ Theatre as part of the “Coup Coup Club” performance of music from “These Trees Are Made of Blood.”

Then after the excitement of performing in front of these industry leaders, the Stephen Sondheim Society invited Darren and Rhys to have one of their songs performed at their monthly Monday night Cabaret. It just so happened it was the very same day as the presentation to KSF so on an adrenalin high Darren (on guitar) and I took to the stage.  There’ll be footage at a later date but here’s a production photograph from the night.

Sondheim

It’s a song that has become very close to my heart not least because of it’s beautiful lyrics and soulful melody. I have been fortunate to share it’s development with two other wonderful actresses: Olivier nominated Laura Pitt-Pulford and soon to graduate vEllie Pawsey.  All three of us are at different stages of our careers and come from vastly different singing backgrounds and this, by his own admission, has really helped Darren build “My Wicker Man.” We were interviewed about it last month and you can find the full text on the Musical Theatre Review‘s website.

The final note on this particular song (for this week anyway) is that this Sunday it will be performed by a lucky and talented gradate at the 10th annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition as it is down to the last 12 songs nominated for the Stiles & Drewe Award. Do go if you can get to the Novello Theatre for 3pm, it’ll be wonderful.


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Velvet Trumpet – Southwark Playhouse

In March I was lucky enough to work on the new comedy written by Gabriel Jones called Ealing Broadway. It featured as part of a showcase of new writing called “Soggy Brass” at the Southwark Playhouse arranged by South London-based theatre company Velvet Trumpet. We had very little time, just two short rehearsals and some quick fire line runs on the night before showdown but we were led by director Sharon Burrell so were in very safe hands.

A few show photos and some information on the play and company:

 

EALING BROADWAY | Written by Gabriel Jones
Director | Sharon Burrell
Cast | Stuart Benson, Angela Bull, Andrew Mudie, Anne-Marie Piazza & Ryan Wichert

Ealing Broadway is a comedy about four dumb tube passengers (who all believe they are the smartest person in the carriage) and their unfounded existential fears.


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A Violent Method

This week I have been back working with Iris Theatre Company, back after several years away. The last time I worked with them was on Ted Hughes’ adaptation of “Alcestis” for The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden (November 2009). Ahead of their summer season, which will include “Julius Caesar”, the artistic director Dan Winder wanted to play with and explore how to depict violence on stage. We all know about stage combat and film stunts but he wanted to explore the physical language of violence and what techniques we could employ as actors to subvert conventions and push images to the extreme. There are several videos of our work on their Vimeo Page but here is a taster of the work we produced working with movement director Stephanie Bradbury and fight choreographer Roger Bartlett.

A Violent Method – Short Matrix Sequence (The Company) from Iris Theatre on Vimeo.