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BEWARE OF YOUNG GIRLS: THE SONGS OF DORY PREVIN

Acclaimed jazz singer Kate Dimbleby, accompanied by Naadia Sheriff on piano, re-visit the songs, witticisms, and sorrows of seventies icon Dory Previn. Hits such as 'Lady with the Braid', the most potent of revenge songs, 'Beware of Young Girls', about the elfin Mia Farrow, combine with uproarious gospel numbers like 'Did Jesus have a Baby Sister?' in this world premiere Cabaret show, created especially for the Matcham Room. Written in collaboration with  playwright Amy Rosenthal (On the Rocks) and directed by Cal McCrystal ('One Man Two Guvnors' and 'Zumanity', Cirque de Soleil), this is a loving look at Dory's life, and the music that marked it, from a traumatic childhood, via Hollywood scandal and mental breakdown, to finding her voice with uncompromising tales of love and loneliness. Dory used music to write herself sane; with heart, soul and a liberal sprinkling of Mae West wit, her songs still do the same for us. 


'A shimmering vocal versatility... she has the musical talent and jewel-eyed confidence to guarantee an audience a good time.'
- London Evening Standard

Kate has been described by The Times as ‘One of the most versatile singers on the jazz/blues circuit... opening up her own Third Way, part-cabaret, part pop concert'. As a jazz singer, she has released three albums, sold out the Festival Hall, toured internationally and appeared regularly on national radio.
Her second album, Ain't This Cosy, inspired by the life and music of Peggy Lee and recorded with the Geoff Eales trio, was released in 2000 to accompany a 50 date sell-out national tour of her one-woman show Fever! The Making of Peggy Lee, written by Lucy Powell. The show went on to tour Australia and New Zealand and Kate was asked to devise a show with the BBC Big Band at the Festival Hall in 2003 which went on to tour theatres around the UK.
Kate and her jazz trio ("So tight they're almost vacuum-packed" Time Out) went on to devise Music to Watch Boys By with Cirque du Soleil director Cal McCrystal. A whistlestop musical tour of The Seven Ages of Man including songs by Tom Waits, Dean Martin, Elvis Costello and Queen, it had highly successful runs in London and Edinburgh and played several festivals in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2003, Kate moved to Vancouver Island with her husband where she wrote an album of original songs and rediscovered her own voice after several years of playing Peggy Lee.  Returning to the UK, the next few years were spent writing and performing her own songs, training as an Alexander Technique teacher, having two children and recording and collaborating with other artists and songwriters.