Fiona-jane is an actress, singer and cabaret artist. She is also a cabaret coach, director and interviewer.
"..performed with charm and wit..." ****The Times
“..always entertaining, though at times, utterly bizarre!” ****Remote Goat
"She also uses song as a vehicle to tell stories and explore the emotions and motivations of a character. Her performance of A TASTE OF HONEY is one example of this, resulting in a rousing applause from the audience." Frankly My Dear
"Weston’s tone here is remarkable in its acute observation, its refusal to caricature and equal avoidance of contrasting sentiment; all’s compassed within a tight range." Fringe Review (on Fiona-Jane’s portrayal of the Queen in Romance of the Century)
Fiona-Jane Weston is an actress, singer, writer and cabaret producer. She trained in Australia and went on to play principal roles in rep. before returning to her native England to help found the Radical Actress Guild to revive neglected feminist plays. She went on to work with some of the best-known names in theatre and light entertainment, including Sir Donald Sinden, Dennis Quilley, Bill Bailey, Milton Jones and Bill Oddie, and played leading parts at the Westminster Theatre, the English-speaking theatre in Switzerland and on several tours. Her film work includes FourMinute Mile, Moving Image Madness and The Overseas Chinese. In 2011, Fiona-Jane won a scholarship to study the art of cabaret at the renowned International Conference for Cabaret at Yale University, where she was taught by such luminaries as Tony –award nominees Tovah Feldshuh, Sharon McKnight, Sally Mayes, Julie Wilson and fabulous singer-songwriters Amanda McBroom and Laurel Massé. This inspirational course and exposure to great work became the catalyst for a series of her unique and highly acclaimed one-woman shows, making a specific feature of historical research and featuring extracts from real magazine articles, diary extracts etc, and marked a turning point in her career.
Fiona-Jane’s solo shows have played to packed houses at The Other Palace, The Pheasantry, Crazy Coqs (Brasserie Zédel), as well as in regional theatres on national and overseas tours. She has received rave reviews for her unique take on historical themes and key events in history, especially women’s history, that leave the audience inspired and delighted by the stories and achievements of our ancestral sisters.
Her shows (see under Productions tab) include Wartime Women, looking at the roles women have historically played in warfare and Looking For Lansbury, celebrating the life, heritage and extraordinary career of Dame Angela Lansbury, and entertainment chat show Fiona-Jane and West End Friends.
In 2014 Fiona-Jane was invited to perform Wartime Womenat the very same venue where wounded soldiers were sent to recover from the front, Talbot House in Ypres. This visit marked the beginning of an association with Friends of Flanders and Fiona-Jane will soon return for her sixth visit to perform in that country.
She presides over the seasonal interview show Fiona Jane & West End Friendswhich sees her as a singing hostess introducing and chatting with a selection of performers and creatives each month from the world of musical theatre and cabaret (see tab for details).
Fiona-Jane also writes articles on theatre and cabaret, including occasional reviews and regular interviews of other cabaret artists and shows of all kinds both on her own blog Capital Cabarets and Shows Scene and for publications such as Musical Theatre Review. See Blog button on Home Page.
"In the gentler numbers Weston excels with a haunting version of ‘Not While I’m Around’." Musical Theatre Review
"Versatile and powerful actress...multi-talented (she sings as well)" Remote Goat
"Her audience rapport is fantastic" British Theatre.com
“Fiona-Jane is fearless, as is her forward focus” Tovah Feldshuh, International Cabaret Conference, Yale