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This month’s storytellers include:
Tony De Meur
‘Stand up chameleon’ Tony De Meur was leader of late 70s new wave band Fabulous Poodles and has subsequently carved out a career (under his soubriquet of ‘Ronnie Golden’) as a stand up comedy writer and performer currently working with comedy legend Barry Cryer.
Harold Sanditen @HaroldSanditen
Harold Sanditen was born and bred in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but London has been his home for 31 years now. He’s had quite a few jobs in his life, ranging from grocery bagger to investment banker, theatre producer and now jazz/cabaret singer. In addition to performing around the globe, for the past five years Harold has been hosting an über popular open mic night at the Crazy Coqs in Brasserie Zédel, which he absolutely loves, as every show is a new adventure. He’s an avid traveller, having visited 75 countries and every continent other than Antartica. He loves spending time with his husband of 26 years and their adorable Westie.
Julie started out writing as a child and won a playwriting competition when she was 13. A mad piece with music and dance and set in a land in the clouds. When she came down to earth she studied drama. After studying as an actress, she decided to write a stand-up routine and perform on the London comedy circuit. She had since written stage plays, radio plays and sit-coms, short stories and articles for both print and online publications. She has written the script for three musicals and a number of plays on the Fringe and Off Off Broadway.
She now writes regularly for Sarah Millican’s online magazine Standard Issue and works at a hospice and fundraising for end of life care. She believes very much in the ethos, that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their potential before they die.
Michaela came to London at 18 from Slovakia speaking no English and with £20 in her pocket having answered an ad to be an Au Pair in the back of a newspaper. 20 years and 2 wonderful children later, she has dipped into the world of stand up comedy, Nannied for many wonderful families and now works for the NHS.
Sudeshna is Indian by origin but lived in Uganda for 18 years with her family during the notorious dictator Idi Amin’s regime and the turbulent times afterwards . Her first language was Swahili, and she experienced both traditional and urban African as well as Indian lifestyles. Her parents were both teachers and were avid wildlife conservationists, so she became one too and spent most of her school holidays on safari and had many exciting adventures! Due to war and circumstances, she and her family came to London in 1985, and ever since has been on a quest for knowledge working in various jobs from hospitals to cancer research to financial advisor to voluntary work. She is currently credit controller at a commercial cleaning firm, while also studying and having done various businesses in retail, finance and property. She also involved in stand-up comedy, and singing with a debut CD which she uses to fundraise for various charities.