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Other than Ukuleles

Before full-time orchestral duties, I was an actor, director, comedy writer/performer and teacher. Past solo writing/performing work includes ‘Pension Plan – a Mardi Gras for the Mildly Depressed‘

‘A gorgeous mess of mixed stupidity and wandering genius‘

‘From random victory jigs to foetus-shaped biscuits… it’s a pleasure to see a middle-aged lady dicking about‘       


I followed that with a show about creative procrastination called ‘B*stard Legs & Other Shows I Haven’t Written‘, where I treated the audience to pizza and unhinged dancing.

‘Rubber-legged joy‘


‘Rea is at her best when she’s her natural haphazard self – a trait she woos and turns into comedy with an ample supply of self-deprecation‘


As well as making solo work, I’ve taught Stand Up Comedy at the Soho Theatre London and directed some highly acclaimed shows for other comedians including: Jen Brister, Jack Rooke & Lizzie Roper.
Before that, I was one half of the double-act, Adams & Rea. Together w
e wrote & performed comedy songs, gigged nationally,  appeared on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 7 and  won the Musical Comedy Awards in 2009. It seemed only right after that  - to quit and  go our seperate ways!

For a couple of seasons, I was a fixture of cult comedy Victorian sideshow act, The Congress of Oddities, for whom I regularly transformed into superfreak The Biscuit-Eyed Lady.
I also worked with a pre-famous Miranda Hart back then.  I did a couple of theatre projects with her, wrote on her  BBC Radio show, (Joke Shop), and later on a couple of episodes of the BAFTA nominated Miranda.

I’ve been an associate artist with shape-shifters Clod Ensemble, and a creative consultant for several arts organisations, including coaching a ‘clown band’ for the 70th Anniversary show ‘Holiday on Ice’.
For relaxation, I  play in an all female rockband with my friends. Partly, because I can’t afford golf clubs.

'Rea has an unerring eye for the absurd.'


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