A cabaret of musical lunacy








Monica Salvi -

The patient is an Italian actress and singer graduated from the Royal Academy of Music’s Postgraduate Musical Theatre Course. After graduation, she is one of Sir Elton John’s backing singers at the Concert for Diana (Wembley Arena, London) and a member of the West End Chorus for Chess in Concert (Royal Albert Hall, London).

Due to her Italian fiery passion and red hair, she soon specialises in quirky and mad roles, such as the mad Bertha in Jane Eyre the musical (Bridewell Theatre, London), a few mythical creatures in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kenneth More Theatre, London), and also originating the roles of Polly Flinders in the new musical Nursery Crimes (King’s Head Theatre, London) and Mademoiselle Syphilis in Nadav Wiesel’s Femme Fatale (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London).

In Malta, she performs in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town alongside Kim Criswell and an international cast, conducted by Maestro Wayne Marshall with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

She is a backing singer for Anthem: The Concert with Brian May, Kerry Ellis and Adam Pascal, and is part of the ensemble in The Night of the 1000 Stars (both at Royal Albert Hall).

She appears as Luisa Contini in Nine (Kenneth More Theatre), Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (Rome, Italy), and Rosina in The Barber of Seville (Theatre Clwyd, Mold), Violet Gibson in Violet & Mussolini (Rome).

Recently, she has been producing and performing her one woman show Mad Women my Attic! gaining both the public and the critics’ approval, during the Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. Monica is also a certified gong practitioner and sound therapist.

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© Monica Salvi 2013/2017


© Monica Salvi 2013/2017



Joe Wilson - Pianist, MD


Joe is a keen composer of piano, vocal and clarinet music. As well as Musical Theatre, genres include Classical, Jazz, Big Band and Folk. He has worked with people such as John Wilson, Simon Lee, Kristin Chenoweth, The Royal Northern Sinfonia and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

Recently, he has coached and conducted the chorus of ArtsEd students for Kristin Chenoweth’s performance at the London Palladium.

He’s the composer of Perfectly Ordinary, a new musical which story follows the day to day lives of inpatients in a restricted mental health ward (“a pleasant coincidence that made him the perfect candidate for accompanying a cabaret like Mad Women in my Attic!”, Monica says), which will debut in 2018 at the Guilford Fringe Festival.

Having taken up the role of BTEC Musical Director and singing teacher at London’s leading Musical Theatre Training provider, ArtsEd, he continues to get the best out of students, undergraduates and current working professionals.


Clare McKenna - Director


Dublin born and based in London, Clare trained with Philippe Gaulier in Paris & London. A lover of devising and new writing,

she is currently working on an ongoing project she set up with Mind Yourself.  Recording stories about Irish emigration to London through film,

sound and books. Have a story to share? Contact:  Her work has taken her to New York (LAByranth Th.),

and festivals such as The London Mime Festival; The Shanghai International Theatre Festival; The Tokyo Spring Festival;

The Dublin & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals; The Derry ‘George Farquhar Theatre Festival’, and others.

Movement Direction includes: Skin Tight (The Park Theatre, London, Exeter Festival 2013); The Wild Duck (BARD Th, New York);

King John (Union Theatre, London); Irish Blood, English Heart (Trafalgar Studios); The Roman Bath (Arcola Theatre).  

Directing includes: Our Saviouress (GRAFT, The Pleasance Theatre); The Stupid Sisters (E’space Catastrophe, Belguim); Giddy Goat (Goldsmiths);

The Six Swans (Goldsmiths).   As a producer: Amadan (London tour); Amadan 2 (The Seville Clown Festival).  

Clare is also a highly experienced workshop facilitator. Companies includes: Ambassadors Th. Group, The Almeida, The Barbican, The Old Vic.  

As resident director at The Almeida, her work included directing The Almeida Young Peoples Touring Company and various other projects;

At Ambassadors, The Young Actors Company (The Ripple Effect, Richmond Th.).   When not directing the boards, she threads the boards.

Most recently at The Assembly Rooms (Ed. Fest) and then touring with Big Telly Th. Co.

Further info: @Clare_Mc_Kenna

© Monica Salvi 2013/2018