FLLOYD KENNEDY is an Australian actor/writer/director, playwright, voice/acting coach, singer-songwriter, poet and audio fiction creator. She has trained and worked in Australia, UK, USA, Nigeria, New Zealand and Russia. As well as performing in cabaret and satirical revues, she toured folk clubs in England and Scotland, and helped to run the Singers’ Club and the Croydon Come All Ye in London at the height of the folk revival, and the Ceilidh Grill in Tiree, Scotland (she was also the chef).

While based in Scotland, she raised two sons with her husband, writer and folk singer Donneil Kennedy, ran drama workshops for the Port Glasgow Association of Tenants’ Groups, performed street theatre, cabaret and fringe theatre, was lead vocalist with The Black Diamonds Havana Band (trad jazz) and Chorde en Bleu (modern jazz). After three years as deputy wardrobe mistress for the King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Flloyd returned to her acting career, touring Scotland with Annexe Theatre, Shared Boat, Cahoots and several one-woman plays under the auspices of the Scottish Arts Council. She established Performance Exchange, coordinating workshops and inter-disciplinary skills training for theatre practitioners in Scotland, and was founding Artistic Director of the ensemble Golden Age Theatre, directing and performing in classic and contemporary plays, touring to festivals, theatres, schools and community halls (with workshops) around Scotland. Flloyd was invited to join the collaborative ensemble VoiceTheatre NY for “The Homecoming Project”, during their residency at the Columbia (Maryland, USA) Festival 1992, before visiting Russia to train further with the Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg. She established the Voice Studies elements of the Acting Courses at Langside College, and Coatbridge College, and taught Verse Speaking at the RSAMD.

On returning to Australia in 1997, Flloyd formed Off The Planet, which performed mask and physical street theatre in national parks, banqueting halls and on street corners. She directed opera and theatre productions (professional, student and youth theatre), including “Madama Butterfly” for the 4MBS Festival of Classics, and “Brave New World Order” for Dianne Gough Productions.  Her musical play “Blame it on Your Mother” was first performed in Scotland by The Wicked Ladies, then by The Girls at the Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba. Her play, “The Fall of June Bloom (or What You Will”, received creative development at the Magdalena Brisbane Easter Gathering 2008, and at the ADSA conference in Dunedin, NZ in July 2008, at Performing the World in New York in October 2008, and at the VASTA conference in New York in 2009. In 2010 June Bloom received its world premiere at the Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio in Brisbane, Qld, and was subsequently presented in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the Phoenix Fringe Festival 2011, and for students at Estrella Mountain Community College.

While in Brisbane her performances included Juliet, in Full Circle Theatre’s “A Tender Thing”, Hannah in “Mary Stuart” with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and Juliet’s Nurse in “Romeo + Juliet” with THAT Production Co as well as roles in short films and tv commercials.

In 2014 Flloyd gained her PhD in Theatre from the University of Queensland, her research topic being “Shakespeare’s Voice: a Theory of the Voice in Performance”. She returned to the UK in 2015, where she taught voice skills at E15 Acting School, Manchester School of Theatre, MGA Academy (Edinburgh), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff) and ALRA North. Now based in Liverpool, she provides online voice and acting workshops through her private studio Being in Voice, as well as contributing to the local performance poetry and singer-songwriter scene.  She is artistic director of Thunder’s Mouth Theatre, presenting theatre of poetry, passion and philosophy. Her solo show “Yes! Because…” (part 2 in the June Bloom sequence) has been performed in Australia, USA, England and Scotland.

In March 2021 Flloyd began writing and recording a series of short ‘slice of life’ light entertainment scenes in the life of one elderly woman, trying to negotiate her transition into elderhood with dignity and a degree of humour. “Am I Old Yet?” is available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, Podbean, Listen Notes and just about any other podcasting app that you can find on 6 continents. 

The View from Over-the-Hill
Aussie-born singer-songwriter-performance poet Flloyd (with 2 Ells) Kennedy may be well into her eighth decade but this old lady certainly knows a thing or two. With two ukuleles and a kazoo, her collection of ironic, amusing songs and poems draws on her avalanche of memories from a life uproariously lived and wryly observed, taking comic stabs at the world around her which, quite frankly, seems to have lost the plot.

“The View from Over the Hill” touring production was scheduled to tour in 2020 when the pandemic struck, so it never actually came out of the suitcase. Still available… Contact Flloyd if you’d like to book it.

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