Trevor Ashley Trevor Ashley is one of Australia’s most sought-after and successful performers who has built a career as an actor, writer and...
Vivid Au Go Go presents: Avant-Cabaret: Trevor Ashley & Sabrina D'Angelo
Trevor Ashley is one of Australia’s most sought-after and successful performers who has built a career as an actor, writer and international queen of cabaret – not necessarily in that order.
In 2012, he was a double Helpmann nominee, recognised for his work in musical theatre and cabaret. Ashley starred as the villanous Thenardier in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Miserables. Previously Trevor played the role of Edna Turnblad in David Atkins’ Hairspray, earning a Sydney Theatre Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical. In July 2015, Trevor made his directorial debut with the Australian premiere of Heathers: The Musical at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Company.
His own creations include the mega-smash FAT SWAN - his first adults-only panto – which played to sell-out houses in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. His performance as Natalie Portly, a ballerina with body-dysmorphia, garnered him a Helpmann nomination for Best Actor in a musical. He and long-time collaborator Phil Scott co-wrote the piece, and followed it up with Little Orphan TrAshley, a parody of the musical Annie. Co-starring Rhonda Burchmore and Gary Sweet, TrAshley was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, and toured Melbourne and Brisbane.
He last appeared at Adelaide Cabaret Festival with the show I’m Every Woman and previously Liza (on an E), a show which has taken him around Australia and the world, culminating with a season in London’s West End. It remains his most popular show, with rave reviews from critics here and overseas. Trevor was listed as one of the 25 most influential gay and lesbian Australians by same same and one of the 500 most powerful gay men of all time by Europe’s Mate Magazine (somewhere after Alexander the Great, yet before Cameron Mackintosh).
He also has raised countless dollars for AIDS charities, through both his audience donations and the World AIDS Day Concert which he created and directs to raise money for ACON.
Sabrina is from Australia which is a small island off the coast of New Zealand. She was born the world’s first puppet-human, or ‘pu-man’, and was operated by her mother via umbilical cord for the first few minutes of her life. Sabrina is a practitioner of body poetry, an eccentric and fairly non-existent art form that is best described as non-verbal spoken word, or human-puppetry. It borrows from the great traditions of mime, interpretive dance, mask, and ham.
Sabrina is a performer, theatre-maker and puppeteer. She creates weird shows that mash together physical comedy, mime, puppetry and music in a heady cocktail of wonder and stupidity. She has been described as Kate Bush meets Mr. Bean.
Recent credits include Why Do I Dream? (Winner - Best Comedy, NZ Fringe 2014), Zen the Pigeon Girl (Rock Surfers Theatre Co.), 69S (Phantom Limb Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC) and Amanda Palmer (Sydney Festival). Sabrina also works as a clown doctor in children's hospitals across Sydney.