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Phoenix

  • Theatre Old Fire Station 40 George Street OX1 2AQ (map)

Ash is the ultimate one-man band: guitarist, pianist, drummer... and dad.

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.

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. Phoenix is not only a spellbindingstory – 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.

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).

Lucy Jane Atkinson directs Phoenix – an uplifting heartbreak banger of a show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll rock. 

Ages 12+. £10. In the Old Fire Station Theatre.

About the company

Jessica Sharman (music & lyrics) is a London-based songwriter/producer, working with a variety of artists including Ward Thomas, Áine Cahill, Belle Mt and Hannah Grace.

Richard Marsh (book, music & lyrics): Previous shows include Dirty Great Love Story (Fringe First, co-written with Katie Bonna), Skittles aka Love & Sweets (Radio 4: BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Scripted Comedy), Son of Rambow (The Other Palace).

Lucy Jane Atkinson is an award-winning director of new writing. She has directed work by acclaimed playwrights Camilla Whitehill, Tatty Hennessy, Tristan Bernays, Milly Thomas, and Isley Lynn, among others.  Her most recent work includes A Hundred Words for Snow by Tatty Hennessy (winner - Origins Award for Outstanding New Work), and Vespertilio by Barry McStay (winner - Best Show of the Week). This work led to her being named Number One on The Stage’s list of talents to watch from VAULT 2018, stating “her direction is acutely sensitive to the shifting energy of the writing. Evident but never overbearing.”

 Andrew Gallo graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a BA (Hons) in Acting. Previous credits include: The Poker Player, Pennyworth, Warner Bros, The Emperor, Aladdinfor UK Productions, Captain Tempest, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Eastbourne Theatres;Sammy ‘The Sticks’ Smith, Teddy, Snapdragon Productions;Mortimer Senior, Edward II, Ricky Dukes, Lazarus Theatre Company;Macbeth, Lady M, Tim Frost, Bread and Roses Theatre;Prince/Paris, Romeo and Juliet, Tatty Hennessy,Shakespeare in the Squares;  Mick Avory, Sunny Afternoon, Edward Hall, UK Tour;  David Copperfield/Nicholas Nickelby, Adam Long's Dickens Abridged, Adam Long, UK Tour; Hugh Dorsey, Parade, James Baker, Hope Mill Theatre; Fosco, Saturday Night Fever, Ryan McBride, Theatre Royal Bath; Prince Charming, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Richard Chandler, Stockport Plaza;  Expectations Guys, The Theory of Relativity, Christopher Lane, The Drayton Arms Theatre;  Joey, Sister Act, Anthony Williams, Aberystwyth Arts Centre;  Lead Vocalist, MV Azura, P&O Cruises;  Royal Messenger/Drummer, Cinderella - the Rock n' Roll Panto, Vic Sivalingam, City Varieties Music Hall; Swing, Hairspray, Anthony Williams, Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Betram, All's Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (Sam Wanamaker Festival 2012).

Praise for previous work:

★★★★★ "Warmly and fuzzily recommended." - Independent

★★★★ "This is the kind of show that simultaneously restores your faith in human nature and the Fringe. (... ) Bliss.” - Telegraph

★★★★ ‘One of the most enjoyable finds at this year’s Fringe.’ - Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Gloriously, upliftingly, unapologetically heart-warming. You leave with a tear in your eye and a generally restored faith in humanity.’ - Fest

★★★★ ‘Poignant, funny, well observed... a properly lovely piece of theatre.’ - Exeunt


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