Hosted by Kate Normington
Wednesday 24 June at 20h00 (CAT)
Live on &SCENE
Tune into SPOTLIGHT ON… This week host Kate Normington shines a spotlight on the multi award-winning FEM BELLING and the impressive journey she has traveled from South Africa to theatre and jazz stages across the world while living in the UK and Australia.
SPOTLIGHT ON… Wednesday 24th June at 20h00 CAT on &SCENE FaceBook and YouTube Channels.
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Each week SPOTLIGHT ON… shines a light on an exceptional South African entertainer who is currently “living the dream” internationally, and flying the SA flag high for us. This week it will be Fem Belling, live from Melbourne, Australia.
Hailing from a musical dynasty, Fem Belling is a born performer, starting at a young age at the National School of the Arts before heading to Australia on a ballet scholarship to finish her schooling.
Returning to South Africa, she fast made a name for herself in musical theatre, notching up impressive career credits from her teenage days in Oklahoma, to other highlights including Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense, Joseph & his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat where she was the first female narrator, Mr Bones, CATS and more.
Being part of the CATS world tour took her across the globe before settling in London for a time. Her fierce determination and fearless desire to succeed notched up remarkable UK and West End recognition in shows including Annie Get Your Gun, Fame, The Boy from Oz, Hairspray and more.
Since living in Australia, as a vocalist and violinist, Fem continues to be a trailblazer on the international jazz scene and has imprinted herself as one of the most formidable and in demand performers.
She has performed at countless international Jazz festivals in a diverse array of countries and shared the stage with the likes of Gregory Porter, Femi Kuti, Hugh Masekela and more.
A multi-award winner spanning three continents, Fem also shot to international attention in Australia, turning all 4 chairs on The Voice with Ricky Martin, Jessie J & Delta Goodrem fighting for the chance to mentor her.
This triple theatre performer of epic proportions, along with her dynamic stage presence, is proof positive that if you work hard at your craft and never stop re-inventing yourself, anything is possible.
Says Co-Producer Collett Dawson; “Fem Belling is one of the most electrifying vocalists to watch on stage – whether it be musical theatre or one of her many Jazz projects. And then she picks up her violin and shows her music prowess too – a dynamic performer so worthy of her many, many awards she’s won in South Africa, England and Australia. ”
Belling responds; “I’m so excited to be featured on Spotlight On… this week – so much so that I will be getting up at 4am in Melbourne to do the interview LIVE! Can’t wait to have a catch up with Kate! "
SPOTLIGHT ON… is Free, Live and Online, but should you be in a position to do so, we encourage viewers to support SAFE during the show. SAFE is a Non-Profit initiative, raising relief funds for South Africa's entertainment, events and festival communities who are hardest hit in the industry during these tough times. For more information, go to https://safefund.org.za
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Don’t miss hearing what this versatile and experienced talent has to share, live from Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday, 24 June at 20h00.
Tune into SPOTLIGHT ON… Wednesday 24 June at 20h00 CAT on &SCENE’s Facebook Live and YouTube Channels. Free, Live and online!
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Coming Up on SPOTLIGHT ON…
1 July James & Anel Alexander
8 July Paul Warwick Griffin & Gareth Hewitt Williams
15 July Nick Kendall
22 July Terence Reis
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