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Kate Lawson Gould
Philip has a phenomenal reputation as a performer on both sides of the Globe, appearing in major shows both in Australia and the UK, not to mention Royal Command Performances, the BAFTA awards and of course the extremely popular show, “Young Talent Time”.
He has performed with such people as Catherine Zeta Jones, Caroline O’Connor, (both in Street Scene), Georgia Brown, Shanie Wallis, Paul Eddington, Princess Diana, Joan Collins and Michael Crawford, just to mention a few.
Philip has lived with theatre since the age of seven when he first appeared on stage for J.C.Williamsons. Success was not just related to the stage but also in television with the ever popular Young Talent Time.
Just prior to going to England in 1984, Philips career in theatre took off again first of all with the world premier of MORE CANTERBURY TALES and the well coveted role of TONY in WEST SIDE STORY.
Living in London from 1984 - 1996 where he represented Australia in both theatre and television events. Philip performed in such shows as NITE-CLUB CONFIDENTIAL, SHOW BOAT, OKLAHOMA, BUDDY, and the famous 42nd STREET, also several productions of Kurt Weill’s STREET SCENE for the English National Opera at the Colosseum theatre London and Scottish Opera, not only for one season but for 4 of them.
Not only did he perform his song ‘Moon Faced Starry Eyed’ with the likes of Caroline O’Connor and Catherine Zeta-Jones, but he was one of two chosen from the English Opera cast to perform on a recorded version for Decca Records with the likes of Jerry Hadley and John Marceri.
Other credits include several Royal Command, Children’s Royal & Gala Performances for all the Royals and a special night at the Covent Garden opera house where he got to work alongside Princess Di.
Philip is no stranger when it comes to Australian theatre too. He has performed many roles in many shows here, such as Cable in SOUTH PACIFIC, Ralphe Rackstraw HMS PINAFORE, Gaylord Ravenal- SHOW BOAT, George - SHE LOVES ME (opposite Lisa McCune), COMPANY with the Melbourne Theatre Co. and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. He wowed audiences who came to see him as the pathetic small time hoodlum, Rooster in ANNIE (for which he won a Greenroom Award) and again showed his hand as a comic actor playing Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in ANYTHING GOES (also nominated).
Apart from MUSIC MAN for the Production Co., Philips more recent venture was playing the role of the Tinman for 14 months in WIZARD OF OZ. Even more recent, was his heroic deed of saving a production of ‘CRAZY FOR YOU’, when their leading man broke his foot during the last weeks of rehearsal. Philip, having performed this role ten years previous, was able to learn script, dance routines, songs and staging in 2 weeks flat. Philip was made an ‘honorary patron’ of the Whitehorse Musical theatre group for his special contribution.
In July 2008, Philip took the lead role of Buddy in The Production Company’s anniversary production, “FOLLIES” amongst a stellar cast, and more recently he has been seen swashbuckling in “The Pirates of Penzance”, and now, “Pirates to Pinafore”.
Philip has now co-authored and self published a book with his wife Kate (which reveals how they lived a truly romantic love story) , “How To Find True Love Without Really Trying.” and has helped to adapt her children’s story, “Shlobaglob” into a full scale, family musical.
Having always enjoyed working together, it was a natural progression to move from performing shows, to writing them, and the couple have at least two more shows in the pipeline at this moment, including “Been There Done That, Journey of a Song and Dance Man”, to be produced sometime in 2012/3.
BUT, for the moment, Philip was asked to join the cast for the "MAGNORMAS" Melbourne Premiere production of an Australian period piece called 'The Hatpin'. Playing the male lead role of Charles Makin, the cast is currently in rehearsals & the show is a limited run of only 8 performances and 2 dress runs, at Theatreworks in Acland Street St Kilda from the 16th of May.
Go to: http://magnormos.com/thehatpin.htm for more details.
In more recent years Philip is forever travelling doing concerts and special shows and was also atributed the role of the 'Toymaker' in the Musical stage production of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and was then offered 2 roles in one season of The Production Co. playing 'Arvide Abernathy' in their production of 'Guys And Dolls'.
Straight after he played the role of 'Captain Andy' in the ever popular Musical 'Showboat'. Philip's history with Showboat stems back to when he lived in London and played the singing dancing role of 'Frank Schultz', then back in Australia he was asked to play the lead of 'Gaylord Ravenal' opposite Marina Prior.
So now he has played all 3 lead roles in this show in different productions.
Born and raised in England to theatrical parents, Kate spent her early life combining formal school with the more gypsy-like life of touring theatre. She spent many years watching, learning and performing in the regular stream of pantomimes and summer seasons in which her parents performed and which they also directed and choreographed.
Thus her love for all aspects of theatre and story telling was fostered early in life. Going on to complete a BA (hons.) in Music and Drama at Bristol University, and postgraduate studies at the London College of Music and then with Janice Chapman. Kate then began a varied and international career as a performer.
This career included roles as diverse as being a cabaret dancer in Portugal, to being an opera singer in Israel with the New Israeli Opera, performing under such giants as Zubin Mehta and Jean Pierre Ponelle…and the gamut in between.
Having met and married her Australian husband, Philip Gould whilst in the Opera North/ RSC production of “Showboat” at the London Palladium, the two travelled the world as principals with the Stadium Theatre Company (P&O Cruises), and also jumped between Australia and England for several years, before eventually settling in Melbourne, Australia to raise their rather large family of six children.
As well as performing concerts with Philip and the children, Kate turned her attention again to the other side of the footlights, directing, choreographing and musically directing a series of musicals for local companies. She also began teaching singing, acting and dancing with great success. As well as many individual students whom she successfully coached into professional shows, television, the commonwealth games ceremonies and coveted positions in universities and colleges.
Kate and Philip have run highly popular holiday programs in musical theatre, audition workshops and master classes.
It was through these avenues that her love for story telling grew from something that benefited her own children, into a skill that could be used in theatrical productions.
With “Shlobaglob”, her years of being steeped in music of all genres has enabled her to renew another talent, that of composing songs. In collaboration with her husband Philip, she transformed her original book into a full scale musical.
Since then, Kate has continued to create songs, stories and poems for many occasions. She was commissioned to write a narration for The Music In The Round Festival at Monash University, for a two-piano version of Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite”, and produced an eight part, rhyming narrative based on the original Ibsen play, with the ghost of Peer Gynt telling his story.
For 2010, she wrote another text, this time for Michael Easton’s “Cocktail Suite”, and a compelling acting piece about Franz Liszt, both of which have also been performed at the MITR festival.
Kate compiled a middle school musical for Avila College, “Job Busters”, which she and Philip produced in 2009.
She has also written, “How To Find True Love Without Really Trying (or be so happy you won’t miss it)” - a truly inspiring and romantic love story, and another children’s book, “A Snowman for Felix” which she also illustrated, several other poetic stories and many songs. She is currently working on a poetic series of ‘Shlobaglob’ for younger readers and now a ballet for young dancers based on the story of 'A Snowman For Felix'.
In 2015 Kate saw the birth of a Song Cycle that she wrote, (titled 'Grief') for her counter tenor son Hamish for a competition he entered and also in part for his 3rd year recital for his Bachelor Of Music. This 8 song, 35 minute song cycle, was so well received that visiting international mezzo, Tara Venditti asked if she could sing it in its entirety in Europe, summer 2016
Kate now writes solo songs for her church when they are required and so far has completed no less than 27 original compositions with original lyrics, that are required to be suitable for the Christian Science denomination, but with a flair suitability for most Western religions.
Not so much a Jack of All trades, but master of many. Kate is a versatile and creative person who seems to have an endless stream of ideas which she loves to share for the benefit of others.
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