What's happening...

      

                  

 Not Such Quiet Girls, my new play commissioned by Opera North and Leeds Playhouse, goes into production in November 2018. It's about female ambulance drivers behind the front line in WW1, and is directed by Jacqui Honess-Martin, with musical arrangements by Joseph Atkins. Tickets can be booked here

 

My play All I Want is One Night, originally produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre, with further runs at Wilton's Music Hall and the Hope Mill Theatre, has just played a month long run at the Brits off Broadway festival, where we were critic's pick in the New York Times:

 'Delightful...The numbers are so good, in fact, that you wish there were more than the eight'. New York Times

Other praise for the New York run includes:

'It's the kind of rarefied experience you only get these days in New York after dark.' New York Observer

 'It's a beautiful performance that changes to heartbreaking as Solidor ages without grace.' Woman Around Town

'Jessica Walker is an exceptional, multi-talented woman in her own right, as a playwright, translator, actress and singer.  Not only has she brought Solidor to our overdue attention by penning All I Want Is One Night...but in doing so, she personally translated Solidor's songs from French to English and now is starring, as actress and singer, in this production...Walker is superb.' A Seat on the Aisle

 

'On any level treading the edge of sexuality is risky and sexy. You'd think in 2018, nothing would be particularly unusual or shocking. The thrill of Jessica Walker's All I Want Is One Night is that she creates as a performer and playwright a world in which danger and glamour and delusion and talent are mixed altogether with commerce. And in that world circling like a haunted muse-she gives us a glimmer of Suzy Solidor'. Theatre Pizzazz 

Other Summer projects included my artist residency at the Lichfield Festival, The Cabaret to End All Wars at the Machynlleth Festival and workshops for Not Such Quiet Girls. 

Casting Ouch, my new cabaret about the perils of being a performer, with MD Joe Atkins, met with a great audience response at the King's Head Theatre and Live at Zedel in February. Here is a video of one of the songs, Ballade von Sexuelle Molestigkeit:

 

 At the end of February we were back at the Royal Exchange Theatre for two nights, with our cabaret Forbidden Love

Autumn/ Winter appearances have included an inspiring residency at Snape Maltings for my new music theatre project in development, Witches Three, a welcome return for Pat Kirkwood is Angry, at the Hargrave Festival, Unsung Heroines of Popular Song at the Roman River Festival, the UK premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider's song cycle, Penelope with Psappha, and a new cabaret, Desire and Decadence at the French Cabaret in the Nottingham Theatre Royal bar.

My new album, All I Want is One Night - death and desire at the French cabaret, has just gone live for download on iTunes and Apple Music, click here to listen/ purchase. It has songs from my play of the same name, and other amazing numbers by Brel and Barbara. I've written new English versions of all the songs, which are beautifully accompanied by Joe Atkins. Listen on Spotify too. The CD will be available to buy online soon, and at all of my upcoming concerts.

Finally, here's me recording one of the numbers from All I Want is One Night at Low Four Studio, Manchester: 

 

Thanks to Arts Council England for supporting this project at Wilton's.

Other news... 

Enter the Peace Broker , a 5-part radio docudrama about the American involvement in WW1, is now available for download. I recorded some rare and rather wonderful songs for the drama, with MD Jim Holmes.

I'll be artist in residence at the 2018 Lichfield Festival. Details to follow.  

The Girl I Left Behind Me has been released as a CD on the Original Cast Recordings label. We recorded it in New York. Here's a link to a lovely review of it:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-CD-Reviews-THE-GIRL-I-LEFT-BEHIND-ME-Original-Cast-Recording-is-Charming-20140512#.U3G-1e29LCR 

The recording recently won the broadway.com award for best new UK cast recording, and is currently available to buy or download at the following outlets:

 www.dresscircle.com 

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Girl-Left-Behind-Me/dp/B00GUNMWXO/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_Zy0Nsb0C6CPD3_tt

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Left-Behind-Original-Recording/dp/B00H4PXCS6/ref=sr_1_5_bnp_1_mus?ie=UTF8&qid=1389882637&sr=8-5&keywords=the+girl+i+left+behind+me 

 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jessicawalker1#.Up9EX0pbaSo.gmail

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The Girl I Left Behind Me is published by Oberon Books and can be purchased from: http://oberonbooks.com/girl-i-left-behind-me.html

 Mercy and Grand - the Tom Waits Project,  my CD with Opera North and Gavin Bryars, is out now on the GB label, and can be purchased on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007G283S6/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?ref_=tsm_1_fb_lk