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Designs for Life in Conjunction with Cardiff Music Festival & ArtsConnect Present
Musical Theatre Panel and Q&A
Date: Wednesday 27th March
Venue: Muni Arts Centre Pontypridd
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Free Entry: Registration Required:
Guest Panelists Include:
Mal Pope: Presenter, Musician and Composer.
Sophie Evans: West End Star, Singer and Actress.
Steve Balsamo: West End Star, Singer, Actor, Musician and Composer.
Guy O’Donnell: Arts Development Officer, Theatre Critics Awards, ArtsConnect
Dave Mahoney – Artist Manager, Artistic Director and member of Only Men Aloud.
Join us for this special Musical Theatre event where performers, producers and theatre critics will discuss their experiences working in musical theatre and their own personal career paths, whilst answering audience questions and giving advice to those interested in starting or progressing a career in the industry.
Mal Pope is a broadcaster, Writer, Producer and one of Wales leading Directors in Musical Theatre. His career spans many years in Television, Radio and Theatre. Mal is responsible for producing Cappuccino Girls which is the longest running musical outside of the West End, his other credits include a Musical on the life of Tommy Farr called The Contender. Mal is also a popular host on BBC Radio Wales.
Sophie Evans rose to fame through Andrew Lloyd Webbers search for Dorthy in the BBC TV Series Over the Rainbow, going on to perform as Dorothy at The London Palladium. So far in her short but busy career Sophie has been the subject of a ITV Wales Documentary, had her own BBC Christmas TV show, performed at the Olivier Awards, concerts, theatres, stadiums, and made numerous television appearances and radio appearances. Sophie is also due to star in her first feature film ‘The Worlds End’ alongside Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman in summer 2013.
Steve Balsamo is a singer-songwriter from Swansea. After years of learning the ropes in local rock bands, he shot to prominence in 1997 after playing Jesus to great critical acclaim in the West End revival of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. After winning a Variety Club Award for the role, Steve decided to return to his first love – writing and performing his own music – and signed to Columbia Records soon after. In 2002 Steve released his debut album – All I Am – which reached the top 40 in the UK. He then went on to win Best Male Solo Artist at The Welsh Music Awards the same year.
Guy O’Donnell is an accomplished Theatre Designer and one of the founders of the Theatre Critic Awards. Guy is also a well known Arts Development Officer for Bridgend Council, and is part of the Arts Connect Network.
David Mahoney is the founder and Artistic Director of the Cardiff Music Festival, a member of Classical Brit Award winning group Only Men Aloud, founder of the Novello Orchestra and an artist manager representing the likes of Connie Fisher, Lucie Jones and Shane Williams. He has also produced television programmes including the ‘Jonathan and Charlotte’ documentary for ITV1, has developed ideas for BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’, and worked on projects with Dame Shirley Bassey and composer Karl Jenkins.