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Geraldine Quinn

Geraldine Quinn

Songwriter, actor, comedian, guitarist, singer, ginger and wit-slinger Geraldine Quinn's startling talents, black humour and rock stylings have confirmed her position in the industry since 2004. Her debut A Pint of Absinthe sold out at Chapel Off Chapel. In 2005 Something for the Weekend sold out The Butterfly Club, Quintessential sold out Butterfly again in March 2006, after which Bad Ambassador delighted audiences during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and played at Adelaide Cabaret Festival (sold out), Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and two repeat seasons in Melbourne.

In 2007 and 2008, Quinn toured with Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, appeared on the Comedy Channel (Stand Up Australia) and twice guested on ABC Radio's The Comedy Hour. SEXDEATHBOWIE earned Quinn four and five star reviews internationally during 2007 seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh. The 2008 production Dumb Things sold out during Melbourne's Midsumma Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival and played full houses during Adelaide Fringe.

Geraldine Quinn was acting, writing and singing for 10 years before she studying at National Theatre Drama School. In the years prior to NTDS, she played Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade (1997), the title role in Hedda Gabler (1995 - in a production which featured Channel 9 personality Livinia Nixon on roller skates), Hesther Salomon in Equus (1995) and Mercutio in a cross-gender production of Romeo and Juliet. Quinn worked with Suzanne Osten of Sweden's Unga Klara group and the award-winning Shared Experience theatre collective (UK). Graduating in 2001, Quinn spent 2 years in short film and theatre playing gorgons, suicidal patients and obsessive compulsives before she was cast as Lady Macbeth (2003). Later that year, she wrote, directed and starred in a short play at Carlton Courthouse.

During this period, Quinn completed a degree in Professional Writing and Literature at University of Prince Edward Island in Canada and achieved a high distinction for her thesis Shot, Framed and Hung: A Short Study of Despair in the Comic Novels of Evelyn Waugh at the University of Melbourne in 2003. Her first solo show lead her to work with multi-award-winning MD and accompanist Mark Jones on A Pint of Absinthe, which opened at Chapel off Chapel in March 2004.

A self-taught singer/songwriter/guitarist, before she was twenty Quinn had performed at The Last Laugh and The World Congress Centre. In the UK and Melbourne her collaborators/guest appearances include Tim Minchin, Ali McGregor (2007/2008), Eddie Perfect, Scared Weird Little Guys (Superband MICF 2006) and Casey Bennetto and the Drowsy Drivers (MICF 2006-08). She was invited to perform at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2006 and her pop tribute guest show The Butterfly Affair sold out on her return from Edinburgh Fringe, where she was selected for both the David Letterman Showcase and Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe. Since then she has repeatedly sold out in Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh. In 2007 Geraldine Quinn won Victoria's Green Room Award for Best Emerging Cabaret Artiste (also nominated for Original Songs), performed with Paul Kelly at The Famous Spiegeltent (Just Came Out of a Coma) and was inducted into the Who's Who of Australian Women publication.

Quinn recorded her live album with a full band at The East Brunswick Club in October 2008. Her 2009 show Hex and the City is playing Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Possessor of an astonishing voice, a wicked sense of humour and a keen intelligence, this queen of hardcore cabaret is a force to be reckoned with.

Quinn released her debut EP A Quick One in April 2006. The live album Scream 'Jarvis Cocker' When You're Losing was released February 2009.



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Website: http://www.geraldinequinn.com/

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