Hey Stiff and Kitsch! Who are you? What are you? Why are you?
Stiff and Kitsch are the award winning comedy paring of Sally O’Leary and Rhiannon Neads. You may recognise them from several badly dubbed adverts from Europe and have heard them on BBC Radio 4. Having met whilst studying at LAMDA they soon realised they had a lot in common - They were both in love with guys that didn't love them back, hadn't discovered haircuts to suit their face shape, and both regularly found themselves being cast as men.
After graduating they began singing in sell out Comedy Cabarets with Avalanche Theatre at the Battersea Barge and discovered a mutual love for singing all their mishaps away. Teaming up under the musical direction James Taylor (not that one), who comes with a wealth of experience including ITV’s The Sound of Music Live, they began to write their own material. Thus Stiff and Kitsch were born!
Their debut show Adele is Younger Than Us, sold out in EdFringe 2016, subsequently transferred to Vault Festival in London, where it won Comedy Of The Week.
They are currently working on their second show Stiff and Kitsch: By All Accounts Two Normal Girls* which will return to EdFringe 2017.
"Hysterical..These two are a pair to watch out for!"
★★★★★- West End Wilma
"witty and clever"
"The perfect double act"
★★★★- The Wee Review
"By all accounts two
"Their self-deprecating wit is so enjoyable"
★★★★- Essential Surrey
Sally O’Leary (you could call her Stiff)
Sally, the Irish member of the gang, comes from Cork in Ireland and moved to London to study at LAMDA. While training, she performed as a little boy in ‘On the Razzle’ directed by Iqbal Khan, toured Paris as Audrey in ‘As You Like It’, and was part of the development and original cast of the now Olivier Nominated ‘Nell Gwynn’ with Jessica Swale.
Since graduating she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with Mingled Yarn’s production of Henry V, played Jane in Anthony Neilson’s ‘The Wonderful World of Dissocia’ and starred in her first period drama - ‘Yours Truly’ a short directed by Thomas Greader. You can also see her chubby face on television ad campaigns for Natwest, Apple Pay and German supermarket Edeka.
She is one third of sketch comedy group Muriel Comedy, who regularly post sketch comedy videos for their ever growing youtube and Facebook following.
She likes Coco Pops and dreams of owning a Vespa.
Rhiannon Neads ( The Kitschy one)
Originally from Bath, Rhiannon also trained at LAMDA, graduating in 2014. While there she also played a little boy - in ‘Love and a Bottle’ directed by Max Stafford-Clark. She flirted with fairies as Titania in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and baked a whole range of people into pies as Mrs Lovett in ‘Sweeney Todd’.
Since graduating she has had a starring role as a heroin addict on Doctors (BBC) and danced a quick-step in Downton Abbey (ITV).
She was runner up in the Carleton Hobbs Radio Drama competition in 2014 and subsequently spent six months working at the BBC as a part of the Radio Drama Company. During her time there she took part in a huge variety of productions including playing Sarah Churchill in ‘The Stuarts - Queen Anne: Myself Alone” Grace in “The Last Chronicle of Barset” and the series regular Sister Olive Hargreaves in “Home Front” (BBC Radio 4).
She also likes Coco Pops and actually owns a Vespa. Sally is jealous.
(Not that one….. Musical Director and All round Music guy)
Born in Wales, James first began to study the piano at the age of six. Skip forward lots of years and piano playing to 2014, when he completed the postgraduate diploma in Musical Direction & Vocal Coaching at LAMDA.
Since graduating, James has gained experience working on a diverse range of activities including musical direction, vocal coaching at numerous musical theatre schools (including LAMDA, The Urdang Academy, Associated Studios, and City Academy) and as audition pianist for David Grindrod Associates, The Really Useful Group and Debbie O’Brien Casting.
He was recently assistant MD for The Sound of Music Live (ITV) and has just received 5 stars from West End Fame for his work as MD in “An Evening With Jodie Jacobs”
He likes playing the piano. (We presume)