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Sarah has performed in cabaret at numerous venues throughout the UK and abroad, and has enjoyed every last minute of it.

Recent appearances:

March 2010 'Cabaret Confidential' (Paul L Martin) with Simon Sharpe

September and October 2009 -Pizza on the Park See below for review by Alex Hopkins

September 14th 2009 - 'Words and Music', De Vonke Theatre, Heule, Belgium

January 24th and 26th 2009 - "Divas" with Morag McLaren and Nathan Martin - Koningstheater, Belgium

November 30th 2008- Sunday Brunch Concert,Brasserie 'De Onthaasting' Mol, Belgium

July 18th and October 3rd2008- Pizza on the Park Cabaret - Thank you to all who came for two fabulous evenings.

Sarah’s extensive background in theatre and cabaret has allowed her to develop her own style, interpreting classics and new material alike with an experienced touch.

Leigh Stevenson, with whom she often works, also trained and worked as an actor but has found a place for himself more recently as a musical director and accomplished accompanist, with a natural flair for getting to the heart of a song.

Their repertoire, includes theatre song, light opera, jazz, pop and comic song, all delivered with charm and professionalism.

They are currently working regularly on the London cabaret scene - recent gigs include Pizza on the Park, Brasserie De Onthaasting, Belgium, The Arts Club in Dover Street, Emirates Stadium, Battersea Barge, and The Space at Canary Wharf.

Open quote Absolutely brilliant. So enjoyable. Totally professional. Brilliant choice of songs ... utterly and completely at ease on stage ... great mover too ... Leigh - your voice is fabulous and your piano playing exemplary ... you work beautifully together and have great rapport.Close quote

Philip Rosch, actor and director (Cabaret at Queens, July 2007)

You can find Leigh's website here

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The Sweetest Sounds

It takes a certain amount of focus to pull off a dinner cabaret. There's the constant chinking of glasses, clinking of cutlery, confused waiters serving the wrong orders, not to mention the inconsiderate chatter of incoherent diners. Only the most seasoned of artistes cope.

West end stalwart Sarah Hay is one of these, expertly accompanied by a superb Nathan Martin on piano and bassist Stephen Warman. Dominating the intimate room at Pizza on the Park with understated elegance and unflappable charm, she transfixed the audience with her lilting soprano as she paid tribute to 'The Sweetest Sounds' of Rodgers and Hart/Hammerstein.

Structuring a one woman show is a daunting task. Too many performers fall into the trap of merciless biography, while others merely rehash a tried and tested back catalogue. Hay circumspectly opts for the middle ground by subtly weaving her own experiences around the work of three musical theatre greats. The effect is seamless and touching. Opening with a medley from The King and I (one of Hay's first roles was understudying the role of Anna Leonowens directed by James Hammerstein), she takes us on an imaginative musical journey, forging unexpected links between songs and thereby charting Rodgers and Hammerstein's enduring legacy.

Lesser performers may have wallowed in nostalgia, but Hay introduces numbers by established modern composers - a rendition of Dillie Keane's Much More Married is delivered with near perfect comic timing, blistering cynicism and exemplary vocal control.

The real delight of this show, however, is derived from Hay's daring use of newer material. Life Story, a song about creativity, regrets and acceptance from the David Shire and Richard Maltby show Closer Than Ever, is pure poetry. Hay's poignant, contemplative performance reminds us of what West End musical theatre could be if the great British public would only risk straying from the banal pop catalogue format of the noughties. Then, perhaps, we truly would have the kind of show that Rodgers and Hart could be proud of."

Alex Hopkins, Freelance Journalist

Background

From early beginnings as a classically trained mezzo soprano, singing in choirs and appearing in musicals, Sarah trained as an English and Drama teacher, taught for a couple of years before heading off for a season as a Pontin's Bluecoat, and found herself travelling the world and entertaining on board SS Canberra. She cut her teeth and knocked off the edges working as a solo cabaret on the Northern Club Circuit including Manchester City Club, Bernard Manning's Embassy Club, Talk of the North, touring to Blackpool, Leeds and Bradford. All this just to get her Equity card so she could work as an actress! She was a founder member of The Actors Centre in Manchester and subsequently took to the boards in musical theatre both on tour and in the West End.

The rest you can read about elsewhere!