Photos courtesy Jane Hobson Photography

Ride along on Dame June Bloom’s journey through the seven ages of woman with sonnets, songs and stories. Life as a touring actor has taught this poet, scholar, raconteur and singing clown a few things, and while she might be getting on, no-one puts Grandma in the corner.

Written and performed by Flloyd Kennedy (with William Shakespeare), directed by Ira Seidenstein (Cirque du Soleil, Slava Snow Show)

 

London – “loved the ballsy hiphop”  “infectious!” “enjoyed unpacking of the sonnets” “a wonderful journey” “she is just a great performer”

Siân Rowland, LondonPubTheatres. says: “Flloyd Kennedy twinkles and twirls in peacock blue (with matching nail polish) and takes the audience on an hour-long romp through her character’s life. I probably learned more about some of the Bard’s best known sonnets in that one hour than I did in the whole of my school career. We were schooled in quatrains and rhyming couplets, imagery and structure. Kennedy clearly adores his work.
“Just as we’re drawn into Shakespeare’s most sublime verse, out comes the ukulele and we’re transported from an outback dunny to the local dance via some musings on life, love, parenting and grandkids.” –  You can read the full review here

New York – ***** Ukulele at the ready, June Bloom calls forth beautifully delivered Shakespearean sonnets as she transports her suitcase and her niggling mummy issues across the stages of life. Rap on, Dame June!” Doug Honorof – Voice Coach, NYC

Flloyd Kennedy’s Yes, Because… is mesmerising, especially as it’s laced with Shakespeare Sonnets! The vocal pitch range she uses in the course of the show sets a brilliant example for young students who tend to stay within a very small compass.” Dr. Joan Melton, Musical Theatre Faculty, Manhattan School of Music, NYC (author of One Voice, Singing in Musical Theatre, and Dancing with Voice)

For an evening of laughter, whimsy and wit don’t miss “Yes, Because…”, Flloyd Kennedy’s solo show. You’ll spend an hour with a woman who will charm and touch you, make you giggle and guffaw, and do it while offering a refreshing, gently eccentric exploration of some Shakespeare sonnets. She sings and plays the ukulele, ponders life and family and British Pantomime – and every moment is delightfully, deliciously entertaining. I loved it!”
Paula Hoza

Brisbane – **** “Yes, Because… is witty, quirky and intelligent. A genuinely entertaining piece, raw and inextricably funny… Clowning around, switching accents and performing eclectic parodies delighted the audience who responded with bellows of laughter and cheer” Sally Peters, ArtsHub. Scroll down the page for the full review. 

Brisbane –“Delightfully driven with stories… gorgeously vulnerable and funny.”

Melbourne “one of the most engaging and rewarding pieces of theatre I have seen for a very long time. I found it startlingly and brilliantly unsafe. 

Liverpool“I was captivated… June’s storytelling and songs had me both laughing and crying in equal measure”

Southend – “not-to-be-missed poetic, charming and unique piece of theatre”

Brisbane – “See it! It’s funny! She immediately puts her audience at their ease and walks them down a journey of pain and hilarity.” 

Dame June in Fairy mode

Dame June in Fairy mode

Here’s Dame June as Fairy Bessie on Friday 1st April at the Lantern Theatre (Downstairs), Liverpool, as part of Threshold Festival 2016

“I didn’t know what to expect, but I was not disappointed.  She was amazing and I laughed so much, as she is a master of comedy and everyone could relate to her songs.  Flloyd has a unique talent in getting the audience to participate on her journey and it was a delight from start to finish.” (Clifftown Theatre, Southend-on-Sea. 9th March 2016)

“Yes, Because… is witty, quirky and intelligent. A genuinely entertaining piece, raw and inextricably funny… Clowning around, switching accents and performing eclectic parodies delighted the audience who responded with bellows of laughter and cheer… Accepting yourself and the flow of life as they are, this personal insight pulls life apart, laughs at it, the success and the downfalls, and the pure joy of being. All through the eyes of a talented woman, entertainer and teacher.”  Click here for the full review by Sally Peters, Artshub.

“I loved watching Flloyd in this heartfelt, honest and playful piece. Delightfully driven with stories, verse speaking and song, Flloyd brings such presence and power to her gorgeously vulnerable and funny Dame June” – Jane Barber

“See it! It’s funny! Flloyd has a masterful connection to herself and her character and immediately puts her audience at their ease and walks them down a journey of pain and hilarity.” – Peter Rasmussen BA CGA- Casting Director.

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* Dame June Bloom was first introduced to Australia in the 2010 production The Fall of June Bloom (or What You Will) 

“This was for me, one of the most engaging and rewarding pieces of theatre I have seen for a very long time. I found it startlingly and brilliantly unsafe. A pretend lecture on Shakespeare became an edge of your seat experience. A beautiful, tender, smart and extremely unsafe piece of theatre by the wonderful Flloyd Kennedy. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to be taught by this wonderful woman, go and see her in action.” Matthew Ryan (Brisbane)

“June Bloom addressed the core issues of voice-in-performance with rare combination of complexity and clarity. ” Joanna Cazden

Click here for some reflections on the Phoenix, AZ experience.