HARROGATE girl Sophie Walsh-Harrington is returning to the UK following two triumphant years in Australia where she devised her first cabaret show, The Damsel in Shining Armour, and proceeded to win the prestigious Best Cabaret award at the Adelaide Fringe 2011, the Southern Hemisphere’s equivalent to the world famous Edinburgh Festival.
Following five critically acclaimed sell out seasons ‘down under’, Sophie’s The Damsel has been snapped up for this years Edinburgh Festival and her one woman show runs from August 5-27.
The Damsel in Shining Armour is an explosively raw new cabaret-noir featuring the works of Celine Dion as you’ve never heard them before in which our Damsel Sophie seizes daringly into the dark depths of uncensored lust and melodrama, desperately seeking her rightful place - in shining (sequinned) armour.
Sophie, a former St John Fisher student was never a stranger to the stage whether taking the lead in a lively St John Fisher production of Guys and Dolls or singing in the school choir.
In between working in Paris and Australia Sophie completed an MA at the University of York in Writing, Performance and Directing.
This culminated in her being shortlisted out of 400 entrants for the top BBC writing competition, the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, for her enigmatic play about her real experiences of working in the Nat West call centre in Cardale Park, Harrogate.
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