Oriana Curls – Piaf
Oriana is a French Jazz , Pop and Cabaret singer-songwriter based in London. Her talent as a writer and her impressive four-octave range has already allowed her to work with some of the best musicians, writers, and producers in London. She has played solo or with her jazz band in many renowned London venues (The Royal Albert Hall, Boisdale, Blenheim Palace, Brasserie Zedel, The Bedford, headlining The Troubadour, and The Half Moon)
Oriana has been an opening act for Natalie Duncan at The Forge, been critically acclaimed by Dave Robinson (Jimi Hendrix manager) at the Youbloom Festival in Dublin in 2013, in 2014 was chosen to perform at The Eiffel Tower in Paris for the promotion of the movie Freedom – L’envol d’unaigle, and was part of the BBC Radio 2’s Cheltenham Festival (Jamie Cullum) in 2015. She regularly performs as a cabaret act for the Lebanese group Maroush as part of the The Guinea Club. Oriana released her first live acoustic EP in 2014, and her debut album (mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios) will be released later this year. Follow Oriana on Instagram >>>
Katy Jungmann – Saxophone/Clarinet/Accordion
Katy is a lyrical saxophonist with warm rich tones, performing in London on the jazz & world music scene – The Bulls Head Barnes, Ronnie Scott’s, Black’s, The Vortex, Hampton Court, St Thomas’ & Leighton House. She has performed at many festivals – Latitude, R.I.S.E, Glastonbury, the Edinburgh Festival, Brighton Pride, the Royal Festival Hall, Dunkirk Mardi Gras, the North London Marathon, City Cruises – and internationally in Cuba, Milan, Bologna, Rome, Berlin and Czecky Kremlov (southern Bohemia). Katy writes & produces original material for contemporary dance, and performs as a singer-song writer. As a multi-instrumentalist, Katy has collaborated with composers Alan D Boyd (Day of the Triffids, Horizon), Dan Mulhern (BBC, Silent Witness, Heir Hunters, Channel 4), and Dave Willetts (Samba group Paradiso). Other collaborations include a BBC documentary with Les Zoings for Royal Academy artists Bob and Roberta Smith, and the recent play Blue Blouse at the Pushkin Club & The Royal Academy with The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor.
Katy has performed in Downton Abbey, The Inspector Linley Mysteries, and Holby City. Feature films include: 4 Feathers; Robin Hood; Troy.
Gary Merry – Director/Writer/Spoken Word
Gary is a director, and performer, and a founder member of The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor. He has also written a number of works presented in non-theatre environments. He has a wide range of experience as a performer with recent work including: The Knee Jerk of Sloth in Ghent; De Profundis – The Voice of Three (a piece developed by accordionist Bartosz Glowacki during his residency at Aldeburgh); On the Axis of this World with Cambridge City Opera.
Recent directing credits include: 1848 and Blue Blouse for The New Factory; The Shakespeare Hut for The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (which he co-wrote); The Last Days of Limehouse for Yellow Earth; The Inspectors Call for No-Notice Productions.