Finally we return to storytime! So where did we leave you? That’s right ... our heroine has been turned away from one of her first drama school auditions and has been cast out on to the street for being too “Estuary” aka she sounded like a chimney sweep!
Our story doesn’t end there though folks! Kate Thomas continued to proceed forth! After doing the rounds at Conservatoires up and down the country the drama school of dreams East 15 Acting School offered Kate a place, which also took her back home to Essex.
The school’s motto “To be human is enough!” deeply struck a chord with Kate. After all, great art IS human and NOT hammy. And we will have it be known that Kate Thomas still brings her ‘humanity’ onto the stage till this day!
So what happened next? Did this chimney sweep survive drama school life? Did she face a future only being cast in Eastenders?
Tune in next week! #StoryTime
A few weeks ago we chucked out there that Kate Thomas trained as an actor, so we thought we would elaborate on this thespian journey a little bit more! So here is a little story about one of Kate's first drama school auditions ...
After spending the day in an X Factor style audition Kate made it through to the last round, known as “The Interview”. After flying through all the workshops, Shakespeare monologues, improv, song and dance the panel finally got to meet the real Kate Thomas AND ... faces dropped.
"We are sorry but we have decided not to take your application any further as we don't have time to correct this" with pen in hand the auditioner circles Kate's face.
"You are just too ... what's the word?" he clicks his fingers to find the perfect words.
"Estuary! Yes that's it! you are just tooo estuary!" #theonlywayisessex
Henry Higgins then grabs a Post-it and scribbles down a number for a speech therapist. "Here take this!"
With Post-it in hand our Eliza slumps out of the room cursing the day she was dragged up by the estuary and vowed that from this day forth she would learn how to say stuff propa.
But don't worry our story doesn't end here!
Tune in next week! #StoryTime
Excitingly in 2017 PRS for Music supported Kate to attend the ASCAP Expo in LA alongside the brilliant singer-songwriter Tonal Huldra. After attending sessions and meeting some of the top songwriters, producers, publishers, sync licensing agencies that L.A had to offer the keynote speaker that closed this incredible event was the one and only Stevie Wonder ...
Let us take you there ...
A guy in the audience slowly raises his hand and prepares himself to ask the question of a lifetime ...
“Hi Stevie thanks so much for speaking to us today. I was just wondering where you were and what was going through your mind when you wrote ‘such n such song’ (we can’t remember the song he asked about)” The whole room waits with bated breath ...
“I don’t know man I was smoking so much at that time I thought I could see!”
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Kate's life was then hit by tragedy with the sudden loss of her brother, an up and coming singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, in a tragic accident. Shaken by her brother’s untimely passing, Kate decided that life is too short to 'muck about' and did what she had always wanted to do, taking all the music that set her soul on fire to start writing her own!
With her eclectic jazzy, gypsy, Latin sound, Kate is currently being described as a ‘Latin Amy Winehouse meets a Gypsy Kate Bush’. Not bad, eh?!
After university, Kate decided to discover the world she had studied for so long in books, travelling around Central Europe, Eastern Europe, through to Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with just a backpack and guitar in tow.
When Kate returned, she trained as an Actor, after which she received two sizzling reviews in The Stage newspaper, one calling her a 'working class terror'.
On leaving drama school however, this fair lady was continually led back to the stage, not to act but to sing.
Kate has performed in many genres and languages over the years, including folk, gypsy, latin and jazz; taking her, among other places, to France, Glastonbury and following in her grandad's footsteps, Ronnie Scott's.
"Pink Martini, Tom Waits, Amy Winehouse and Kate Bush walk into a ... festival!”
Eclectic British singer-songwriter Kate Thomas grew up in a small town in Essex called Laindon, near a place nicknamed 'Alcatraz'. Feeling trapped in her early years, Kate would immerse herself in music, maps and languages.
The family home was, 'small with woodchip on the walls', but it was warm and creative and the family would spend their time playing music together. The soundtrack to Kate's childhood was mostly jazz, with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra featuring prominently.
Kate's grandad 'farvie' was also a well-known drummer in East London; playing regularly at Ronnie Scott's and at the Krays’ now notorious R&R club.
Kate's early interest in languages continued unabated, leading her not only to sing Italian opera, on a chair, in a restaurant, in a place called 'Bas Vegas', but also to translate a love letter into Russian for a neighbour!