Female comedy act, Going South, consist of the following artists:
Lesley Suzanne Banks was born in South Wales. She won a scholarship at 16 to study at the Welsh College of music and Drama then a further scholarship from the South Wales young musicians fund to study classical singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Lesley has performed all over the UK Canada and Sweden. She has also performed for the Duchess of York and Prince Charles as well as performing on ice alongside Torvill and Dean. She is a highly experienced singing coach. Her inspirational style of teaching has won her many accolades, and has led to many of her pupils reaching particularly high standards, including West End lead roles. She has taught the Winslet sisters, Tyler Fagan and Juliet Caton. See Lesley in this female comedy act, Going South.
Mairi trained at the Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow, then in London at Arts Educational. Most recently Mairi appeared in Let The Right One In at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesberry Avenue.
Her other West End and Uk Tour theatre credits include: Starlight Express, Eurobeat, Fame, A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Its a Wonderful Life and South Pacific, where Mairi was also Children’s Director and played the part of nurse Dinah as well as understudying the lead, Nellie Forbush (Barbican and UK Tour). Mairi has directed Pantomime at Christmas for Imagine Theatre company at Newark Palace Theatre for 2 years and also directed Beauty and the Beast, at the Reading Hexagon, staring CBBC’s star Justin Fletcher MBE.
She also runs her own company providing Singing, Dance and Drama parties for children of all ages and musical theatre classes for parents and babies. Visit Showstopper Uk for more information.
Andrea Cooper is a co-writer for female comedy act Going South
Andrea hails from the swamps of the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. She trained at The New College of Speech and Drama in Hampstead and the University of London and has a Diploma in Dramatic Art from the Royal Academy of Music in Speech and Drama and the Certificate of the International Phonetic Association hanging in her lavatory! Andrea says that her experience at Drama School required a good ear, a butterfly mind and an ability to improvise, which has helped her as one of the co-writers for female comedy act Going South.
Andrea worked in a specialist Theatre History and Drama Library and, amongst her many duties, used to help Drama Students find their audition pieces. She did not excel at being a librarian as spent more time coaching the aspiring actors than stamping the books.
Andrea ‘s other professional interests are language and communication skills. She continues to work in the field of drama in education helping staff to deliver “Rhyme, Song and Story Time” which is a programme of lessons she herself is developing.