Meet the Hosts of Playmates! Jim Fishwick and Sarah Knight

MEET OUR HOSTS – PLAYMATES 2013

Jim Fishwick and Sarah Knight (Timekeeper)

JIM FISHWICK

Jim Fishwick is an award-winning performer and director and professional Improvisation champion. As part of the Winning Musical Theatre Act of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2012, entertainer Jim Fishwick has already captivated audiences with his unusual and strange mix of entertainment along with his passion for the dinky ukulele (Jim is the current president of Sydney University’s Ukulele Society.)

Taking inspiration from some of the more quirky comedians such as Eddie Izzard, Paul Merton and Bill Bailey, Jim Fishwick entered the comedy scene at a relatively young age.

“I started doing comedy when I was 17 and I sucked for about three years,” said Fishwick with a big dose of honesty. Since that time, Fishwick has refined his chosen art form, achieving greater recognition for his role as a producer and the host of Alexander Vanderboom’s Acts of Derring-Do.

Jim has long since thrived on the experience of being in the centre of the spotlight.

“At a very conceptual level, I enjoy the idea of communicating with people and making them think. Then on another level I enjoy the entertainment idea of it, like people can take an hour out of their life and go and just be made to laugh for an hour.”

SARAH KNIGHT

Sarah Knight – Timekeeper

A graduate of the New Zealand School of Music and one of Australia’s leading music schools, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the careful tutelage of Professor Jan Delpratt, this classically trained singer is highly regarded for her virtuosity and stunning performances across many genres including pop, folk, classical, jazz and music theatre.

Recent credits include Handle with Care, Up the Tiber without a Toga. She has performed for the Brisbane Cabaret Festival, The Brisbane Festival, Queensland Government, Woodford Folk Festival Productions, Queensland State Library,Channel Nine, Brisbane EKKA, Fete De La Musique, Channel Seven & the Sunshine Coast Council

Sarah also works in arts marketing for Joymas Creative. This classically trained singer has technique to be flexible across pop, folk, classical, jazz and onto music theatre. Sarah seeks to push her own musical and stage boundaries by challenging herself in her roles and musicality. Sarah Knight is a polished performer who is constantly evolving. Sarah continues to take up new challenges in her theatrical roles and musicality.

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Congratulations, Players!

A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of the hugely successful production of Playmates Illawarra 2012. A great turn-out of audience enjoyed watching the five groups do themselves proud in the annual improvisation battle of the companies.
2011 Champions Roo Theatre have backed up their inaugural win by again taking out the Grand Final playoffs against The Drama Studio – who along with  Wollongong Comedy enjoyed their first Playmates involvement.
Stanwell Park Arts Theatre showed great passion, skill and teamwork and will be a force to watch out for in 2013, and university’s as always showed what they are capable of with an all round great performance.

Thank you to our wonderful hosts Jim Fishwick and Sam Jenkins who were simply incredible, and also huge thanks to judges Olav Lehman, Deb Mulhall and Rupert Degas.

With all proceeds being donated to The Denny Foundation, playmates has again played its part in both celebrating and promoting the strength and versatility of the Illawarra performing arts, and doing their part for the general community. Congrats all!

 

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