David started his acting career in Repertory Theatre, with seasons at Leeds Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse, Theatre Royal York, Leicester Haymarket and Derby Playhouse with productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Puck, The School for Scandal – Sir Benjamin Backbite, The Front Page – Diamond Louie, Witness for the Prosecution – Leonard Vole, No Trams to Lime Street – Cass, Godspell – Jesus, Grease – Danny Zuko, Piaf – Theo, The Rocky Horror Show – Brad, The Gondoliers – Giusseppi, Alice – The Mad Hacker and direct from the London show A Chorus Line playing Zach following onto a National Tour of the UK in John Godber’s On the Piste as Dave.
His West End theatre credits include Girlfriends as The Pilot at the Playhouse Theatre, the original Gary in a Slice of Saturday Night at the Kings Head and then to the Arts Theatre. Vinnie in Stonewall at the Drill Hall and the original Pharaoh in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. David received a gold and platinum disc for cast album of Joseph and had a top ten hit in the UK charts with the Joseph mega/mix. His numerous television credits include BBC’s Bread as Avaline’s agent, Three up Two Down, Birds of a Feather, and Channel 4’s ‘Brookside’ as Pat Hancock, BBC Scotland’s Bad Boys – Darren Appleton, ITV’s The Bill Frank Fisher, Holby City – Greg Marsh and the villain Pete Callan in Channel 5’s Family Affairs which he portrayed over 1000 episodes in and was nominated for three awards, including Best Actor and Best Villain.
Recent TV appearances are in the BBC’s period drama The Tudors – The Watchman, Nick in the fashion drama Material Girl and Chris Binkley in Doctors drama series.
Film credits include The Music Machine – Howard Telfer , Paul McCartney’s Give my Regards to Broad Street, The Harpist – Christian, Who Can I Turn To – Tony, the TV film Wild Blue Dark – the Killer and How to Stop Being a Loser as Mr Johnson.
In his latest film he plays the bitter and twisted breakfast show presenter Cliff Godfrey in the comedy horror cult spoof ‘Kill Keith’ which was released last year and out on DVD now.
David is a mad sportsman and a fanatical supporter of Brighton F.C. He is also partial to a chicken tika masala and a glass or two of Chablis. He would also like to assure everyone that even though he has played mostly villains in his extensive career he is a very nice man and delighted to be here on the French Riviera for SET Theatre and he has just completed his highly successful portrayal was for the SET theatre’s ‘Deathtrap’ by Ira Levin playing the main role of Sydney Bruhl.
John is a singer, songwriter and musician. He was born in Lincoln, and at 13 he formed ‘The Casuals’ pop group and they soon started to make a big impression with the locals performing all over the country leading up to their appearance in televisions famous talent show ‘Opportunity Knocks’ which they won three times.
The group then traveled extensively around Europe and for a while moved to Italy where they had several big hits and finally as lead singer and keyboard player he made the famous ‘Jesamine’ single with the band which then topped the charts worldwide.
Following on to many successful years together performing throughout the globe and with John also writing countless lyrics and music for their records and albums they disbanded in 1975 and all went on to new projects.
During a spell of session singing work in London he was invited to join‘ Big Johns Rock n Roll Circus’ by Johnny Goodison who was the founder of the original ‘Brotherhood of Man’ group (‘United we stand divided we fall ’song fame) and they embarked upon a ten year highly acclaimed zany pop music show appearing throughout the UK and abroad in prestigious venues and theatres.
After many happy years on the road John decided to have a change and left with his wife, Diana, in 1987 to relocate to France where he become a solo artist in many piano bars along the French Riviera including 3 years at the The Carlton Hotel in Cannes. Since then he has been fronting many bands and also has a popular music duo with Frances Wilson where they have worked extensively along the Cote d’Azur in numerous venues.
He is a multi- talented performer and enjoyed earlier this year treading the boards again in ‘Barefoot in the Park’ for SET South of France English Theatre and is back again in the singing some great hits and joining in the with the Club RockaFantazia !
Trained at the Arts Educational Drama School, London, Frances went into theatre on a nationwide tour of the comedy play Partners starring David Jason and then No No Not Yet by playwright Richard Harris produced by Bill Kenwright. Following on to a national tour of September Tide by Daphne du Maurier and then to the BBC 1 series The Troubleshooters and The Professionals for ITV.
After several seasons in repertory theatres at The Crucible, Sheffield, Derby Playhouse and Theatre Royal York performing in many plays, Joan of Arc with Dame Judy Dench, Jane Eyre..plus writing, directing and performing in The Comedy Revue Show she continued with roles at the Young People’s theatre at The Bristol Old Vic which included the award winning play Circus Adventure.
Returning to TV in Strindberg’s Comrades for ‘Second House’ with Melvin Bragg and the drama series ‘Trial’ for B.B.C. 2. then came her West End debut in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion alongside Diana Rigg and Alex McCowen at the Albery Theatre, St Martins Lane, directed by John Dexter.Film credits include, ‘Quadraphenia’, ‘Inseminoid’ and ‘RPM’.
She has performed leading roles in many musicals such as Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show and the West End and No 1 tour hit wartime nostalgic musical/revue Happy as a Sandbag by Ken Lee and has appeared as ‘principal boy’ in major pantomimes in the UK- Theatre Royal, Norwich, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, White Rock, Hastings, Grand Theatre Swansea, York, Windsor and Bournemouth Pavilion.
With extensive cabaret as a solo vocalist throughout Britain including The Talk of the North, Minehead Festival, The Frankie Vaughan Show, Rheingold, Chaplins, L’Hirondelle, The Dorchester and The Savoy, London The Talk of East Anglia, Park Hall, Wales, The Norwood Rooms, Wintergarden Theatre Margate, Bournemouth Pavilion, Fairfield Halls Croydon, Swansea Grand, Blackpool Palace and more plus seasons in International hotels at The Draganara Malta, Jersey and Marbella, Spain- she then met up with the late singer Amanda Green and they formed the successful girl duo of the 80/90’s Blondessence which later became internationally known as Omni where they recorded several albums and topped the bill with their live six piece band all over the world for more than five years with a fast moving, dynamic vocal and dance spectacle incorporating all styles of pop music and their very own special brand of glamour, zany humour and revue to destinations –The Mandarine Hotel Singapore, Hotel Kindly. Zurich, The Princess Hotel Acapulco, Mexico, The Playboy, Athens , The Aradous Hotel Bahrain, The Meridian Hotel, Sharjah The Plaza Dubai, National tours of Norway, Sweden, Finland ,Holland, USA/English Bases, Italy, Germany, Northern Ireland, The New Mediterranean Jersey, Hilton Hotels in America, Dallas, New York, Sheraton Hotels in India, New Delhi. Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Malaysia, Turkey, Algeria and finally ended up in Monte Carlo at the Loews Hotel where they fell in love with the South of France! They then performed their show throughout the Cote d’Azur at corporate, special events, private superstar parties, mega yachts, large concert venues including Cartier, Palm Beach, Palais des Festivals, alongside seasons in nightclubs The Whisky a Go Go Cannes, Chah in Chah Juan les Pins, The Superstar, Nice, Le Pretexte, Valentines, La Napoule, Nitespot and L’Ascot, Nice, Tiffanys, The Living Room, Monte Carlo…….
Eventually Frances started a family and Amanda married and moved to USA but they remained friends for life. After returning to her solo career she sang all over the Riviera doing guest seasonal engagements such as the grand reopening at the Celebrity Nightclub, Casino Rhul, Nice, the opening of The Hopstore Antibes, seasons at Le Parrot, St Laurent du Var, Club Bouy d’Angers and The Noga Hilton, Cannes to name but a few where along the way she met John Tebb, the ex lead singer from the famous 60’/70’s band called ‘The Casuals’ of the hit song Jesamine fame and The Rock n Roll Circus Show.
Two Casual as they have become known have worked together for over 10 years around the region entertaining all audiences with pop and rock music from Monaco to St Tropez.
A single working mother of two much loved sons, Frances has continued her passion for live theatre and entertainment and has directed for several European Theatre Companies over the years. She has recently directed the highly successful production of the thriller play Deathtrap for SET South of France English Theatre and is very happy to be this time performing for them in the Club RockaFantazia !
Lizzie La Lewis
Lizzie did her first gigs aged 17, fronting a soul and Motown covers band in Nottingham. At university, Lizzie joined a 12-piece, jungle-funk group, playing bigger student venues and supporting visiting 80s legends such as The Specials, The Belle Stars and Paul Young. Out in the real world, Lizzie then worked as a session singer in London and Stockport, singing TV and radio jingles. Her rendition of the Frere-Jacques-themed local radio ad for Heatshield Windows double-glazing firm earned the award for the Most Annoying Radio Commercial on Nottingham’s Radio Trent, two years in a row.
Then she moved to the south of France, where she became a busker and went travelling through Switzerland, singing with an acoustic, four-part harmony band everywhere from street corners in Zurich to castles in Luzern and superyachts in Monte-Carlo. She has also worked as a TV presenter for MCM, the French music video channel, NBC Superchannel, Kiss FM Radio in Cannes and spent a few years as a media industry headhunter in London.
Lizzie is that woman you see in those endless repeats of Location, Location, Location, trying to buy a flat in Brighton in the year 2000. C’est la classe!
More recently, her voice can be heard presenting Drive Time on Monaco’s Riviera Radio and on the security entry announcement at certain branches of the Banque Populaire bank in Nice. She told us: “When I went to see Rockafantazia for the first time, I almost got up and joined in there and then! It’s such a fun show and experience, I’m delighted to be allowed to be part of that club.”
Sophie Taam was born in Paris in 1970 and, from early on, felt attracted to California ; she finally moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and has been back in its twin sister the French Riviera since 1999.
Musician since childhood (piano), Sophie pursued later on her musical education concentrating this time on voice and lyrical singing. She was admitted at the Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, lyrical art department, first cycle in 2003.
She has since then sung in various operas and operettas as chorist and solist, and participated in various contemporary original creations.
She is now entering the Rockafantazia show as a new and unique experience with excitement.