Meet the Company
TOMMY PARSONS- MUSIC HALL ARTISTE
Tommy Parsons renowned musical hall performer and veteran has been performed in Music Hall and Cockney Sing-A-Longs in social clubs, community centres, theatres and private functions throughout British Isles. Originally from the Old Kent Road in London, he has earned his title the “Cockney Sparrer” and is doing his fare share to keep alive the traditions of the British Music Hall. He and Elsie Bloom have a famous double act that has been touring the provinces.
ELSIE BLOOM- MUSIC HALL ARTISTE
Elsie Bloom, of Lancastrian origin and born into a family of Music Hall Artists, has grown up treading the boards, playing theatres and music halls from Plymouth to Aberdeen. She has performed with many differing troupes and headlined at the Empire, the Victoria Palace and the Players Theatre, London. She is proud to be the better half of the famous double act Elsie Bloom and Tommy Parsons.
Elsie Bloom played by Airlie Scott
Airlie Scott’s work as an Actress and singer has included London, regional, West End, Broadway and touring theatre in the U.K, Europe and South Africa. She fell in love with Music Hall at the Players Theatre some years back working in music hall bills and Victorian panto. Since then she has continued to perform music hall bills on behalf of the Players’ Theatre club (Comedy Museum), as well as appearing in “Glorious Gallimaufry” for the British Music Hall Society at the CAA Club. Other theatre work includes recently playing Theresa May and other characters in the sell-out “Brexodus the Musical” on the London Fringe, playing Miss Jones, in “Rising Damp” UK Tour, Baker’s Wife “Into the Woods” Byre Theatre, Ralph “Lord of the Flies”, Mrs Chasen “Harold and Maude” TNT European Tours, Mrs Durbeyfield “Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and Doris Day in “Wonderful Day” (UK Tours). She works regularly in London as a jazz singer with a number of projects. www.prontojazz.com
Elsie Bloom played by Ciara Power
Irish performer Ciara Power trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Prior to this she studied BA German and Music at King’s College London, where she was a Choral Scholar, while training as a Classical Soprano (Royal Academy of Music). Ciara has performed as a lead vocalist in productions and cabaret reviews in London and abroad, including regular performances at Brick Lane Music Hall, and recently performing her solo cabaret set ‘Mama I’m a Big Girl Now’ at Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club. Credits include: German tours of ‘The World of Musicals’ and ‘A Musical Christmas’ (Vocalist/MC), Peter Corry’s ‘The Showman is Coming’ (Soloist), Jane Austen’s Emma (Emma Woodhouse), West Side Story(Velma), Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her professional debut was singing Flora in Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw with the Grand Théâtre de Genève
Tommy Parsons played by Mitch Feral
As an actor, Mitch’s work includes regularly appearances as his alter-persona Tommy Parsons in Music Hall shows round the country. Playing the narrator in ‘Moveable Feast” (UK Tours) and “Street Cries” at the Camden People’s Theatre, various roles in musicals including The Boss in ‘Lullaby of Gangland” (The Jazz Outfit) Godolphin, in “Barnstormers” (Hen and Chickens), “Red Chevrolet”, Groucho Marx/Chaplin/Bogart in “Hollywood Babylon” and working for some years as a stand up comic.
FUNNY STORY PRODUCTIONS
Funny Story Productions is a new theatre company set up by producer/writer/performer Mitch Feral of TopScoreArts and Airlie Scott of Double Sharp Productions to promote and produce their new show “Now Here’s a Funny Story!”.
With TopScore Arts Mitch has booked and supplied acts and musicians up and down the country for functions, events and parties. As an author Mitch Feral has written several stage works including the Musical “Barnstormers” based on the life of the eighteenth century travelling actress, Charlotte Lowes which completed a British Council tour of India in 1992 and “Street Cries” which feature in the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. In 2010 he won the Offcut Short Play Aware for “Sweet Engineering of the Lucid Mind”. www.mitchferal.com
With Double Sharp Airlie co-produced and performed in “Wonderful Day” a musical cabaret about Doris Day which toured the UK for five years to sell-out audiences, good reviews and repeat bookings. Also as a producer with CabarAct Productions she co-produced and performed in a sell-out run of “Venus, Mars and Chocolate Cake” at the Edinburgh Fringe, and shows at the Jermyn Street, Canal Cafe, and successful London runs of “I do and I Don’t” and “My Julie!” and “Time and Ms Tick”.
Researcher Anthony Binns has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from King’s College, London University where he specialised in British Nineteenth Century History. He has a keen interest in the history of the Music Hall and popular culture in Britain and is a member of the British Music Hall Society.