“A CROSS BETWEEN SALLY BOWLES, PATTI SMITH AND P J HARVEY…A MAJOR STAR” … Scotsman
Following the rapturous, sell-out reception of her critically acclaimed show, The Dark Angel, at London’s legendary Roundhouse Theatre this January and a show-stopping appearance on Later With Jools (BBC), multi-award-winning Irish/French chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan will take the show on its debut UK tour from May this year. With 5-star sell out seasons in London, New York, Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh, this charismatically unique performer presents the work of Nick Cave, Jacques Brel, David Bowie, Tom Waits and many others in her very own distinctively fascinating style.
“RAUNCHY, DANGEROUSLY FRAGILE…AN EXCEPTIONAL VOICE” … Edinburgh Evening News
Sexy, fierce, amusing and totally mesmerizing, Camille transforms each song she performs into a grippingly theatrical experience, inextricably drawing her audience into a world inhabited by the bizarre and wonderful.
“SHE TREATS EVERY SONG AS AN INTENSE EMOTIONAL JOURNEY…HYPNOTIC” … Independent
Singer, actress, award-winning architect, painter, TV panellist… Camille O'Sullivan's CV could convince anyone that they should spend their time a little more productively. Born in London to a French mother and Irish father, O'Sullivan grew up in Cork surrounded by the music of the French torch singers – a soundtrack which was her inspiration to become one of Ireland's most unique artists. In fact, one of the major factors in Camille’s international success has been her audiences’ total inability to pigeonhole her distinctive performances in any way, making her one of the world’s most accessible and yet enigmatic performers.
“WE GAVE CAMILLE FIVE STARS LAST YEAR; AFTER THIS PERFORMANCE, WE’D GIVE HER SIX IF WE COULD.” … Metro (August 2008)
Having studied fine art painting, Camille went on to do a degree in architecture and won the Architectural Association of Ireland Award in 2000. Whilst working in Berlin, she visited the city's cabaret clubs and was drawn to the work of Ute Lemper and Kurt Weill and music as a full-time career. In the last six years she has built an international reputation with shows like 'The Carney Dream', 'La Fille Du Cirque' and 'Brel', describing her performances as "in your face cabaret. Songs in which nothing is quite as it seems".
As much storyteller as singer, Camille has made songs by Jacques Brel, Nick Cave and Tom Waits her own, and shows an inspirational fearlessness in her work. She has appeared in the films Over the Edge, November Afternoon and the Oscar-nominated Mrs Henderson Presents and has appeared in theatrical productions of One Night Stand, Tonight Lola Blau and Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. She has also exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and has been a special guest on John Kelly’s arts programme The View (RTÉ One). More recently Camille was invited to perform on the BBC’s seminal music programme, Later With Jools and was a guest star for a season in the legendary, La Clique, in London’s West End.
Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon
Wednesday, 27 May
Box Office: 01793 614 837