M e r l y n d a M a r l e n e
- C a b a r e t V e n t r i l o q u i s t -
Cabaret Comedy Ventriloquist
Unique and Original Singing Ventriloquist
Walkabout Ventriloquist - For Outdoor Events
Mix and Mingle Ventriloquist - For Black Tie Events
Cabaret Puppetry Artiste
Award Winning Cabaret Comedy Songs Singer Songwriter
Award Winning Comedy Song Lyricist
Award Winning Comedy Performance Poet
Award Winning Comedy Monologuer
Award Winning Composer - Piano and Keyboards
Walkabout Puppetry - and - Mix & Mingle Puppetry
Marlene Dietrich Soundalike Tribute Act Artiste
Merlynda Marlene - Biography:
Merlynda Marlene - aka: Merlynda Robinson (LLAM) - is a:
- Cabaret Comedy Ventriloquist
- Original and Unique Singing Ventriloquist
- Cabaret Puppetry Artiste
- Award-Winning Cabaret Comedy Songs Singer-Songwriter
- Award-Winning Cabaret Love Ballads Singer-Songwriter
- Marlene Dietrich Tribute Act Artiste - Soundalike
- Award-Winning Piano and Keyboards Composer-Musician
- Award-Winning Comedy Cabaret Songs Lyricist
- Multi Award Winning and Published Comedy Poet
- Award-Winning Comedy Performance Poet
- Award-Winning Comedy Monologues Writer & Performer
- Award-Winning Ballet & Dance Composer
- Published and Award-Winning Comedy Cabaret and Theatre Monologues Writer and Speech-Writer
- Award-Winning and Published Short Horror Story-Writer
- Commissioned and Published Art Author
- Professional Newspaper and Magazine Columnist
- Founder and Editor of two illustrated and printed monthly - and - bi-monthly Poetry Magazines
- Live Performance Poetry Festival Director
- Multi Award-Winning Comedy Performance Poet
- Multi Award-Winning Comedy Ballads Singer-Songwriter
For Adults - aka: 'Merlynda - Mad, Bad & Daft To Know!'
- Multi Award-winning Children's Novelty Songwriter
- Award-winning Children's Comedy Poet - Nonsense Poet - FairyTale Poet - Verse-Fabulist - aka: 'Merlynda Jelly Jaws'
Background: Awards - Performances - Publications - Professional Qualifications - Live Experience - Details:
Merlynda is an LLAM of LAMDA - (Licentiate of The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) - with 4 LAMDA Honours Medals in Speech & Acting - a multi Award-Winning Poet & Performance Poet - a multi Award-Winning Singer- Songwriter - a multi Award-Winning Song Lyrist - an Original and Unique Singing Ventriloquist - an Award-Winning Composer and Musician - a Marlene Dietrich Tribute Artiste and Soundalike - and - an Award-Winning Book Jacket Illustrator - Caricaturist and Illustrative Cartoonist - aka: ‘Kitty Pigfish’/'Inky Sunday'.
Over 100 of Merlynda’s Songs and Keyboard Instrumentals are published, to date - and her Romantic Poems are published in 47 Poetry Anthologies, as 16 Solo Poetry Collections, and, recorded as 3 Poetry Audio Books, to date.
She is the Winner of a variety of Poetry Awards - as follows:
- Winner: ‘The Forward Poetry/Golden Grove Poetry Award’
- Finalist: ‘The National Poetry Slam’
- Highly-Commended Award-Winner:
‘The Portico Poetry Prize’
- Prize-Winner in ’The PIM Poetry Award’
- Highly-Commended Finalist in ‘The Serendipity Poetry Prize’
- 6 times Semi-Finalist Songwriter & Lyricist of ‘The UKSC’
- Highly-Commended Songwriter of
‘The WM Composers Award for Song’
- Selected Romantic Love Songwriter
at: MiDem, Cannes, France (Boulevard Publishing)
She is the Author of: ‘ACT Alone! - A Comedy Collection of Monologues and Poems for Speakers’ (published by GAPP) .
She is the commissioned Author of: ‘Master The Art’
- a 850k word Fine Art Course published by The Art Institute
She is also an Award-Winning and published Gothic Horror Short Story Author - published by Forward Press.
Her Songs and Instrumental Compositions have also been choreographed for young dancers and junior ballerinas - and - her Piano/Keyboard Suite: 'The Toys In The Attic' - was choreographed and premiered by The Royal Academy of Dance as part of 'The International EQ Festival of Dance' in Ireland.
She was the Founder and Editor of the hugely popular:
‘The Poetry Box Magazine’ - and -
‘The Bucks Mills Poetry Magazine’
She was also a regular Columnist for ‘The Observer Series of Newspapers’ - with her regular 'Scarlette Stars' page.
Her professional corporate writing career includes:
- Subs Editor for ‘The Financial Times’ (FinTech Publications)
- Scriptwriter in the AV/Film Industries for: ‘Q International’
- Assistant to the MD of ‘Columbia-EMI-Warner Bros Films’
- Assistant to The Chief Barker of:
‘The Variety Club of Great Britain’
Her Illustrative and Cartoon artworks are also published by:
Thames & Hudson - and - The AOI
She is the Winner of: ‘The Leaf Book-Jacket Award’
- and -
she has been commissioned to create a wide variety of Theatrical & Opera Posters for various Theatrical & Opera Companies.
She has also created Caricatures of Celebrities and Actors for organisations such as:
The Lords Taverners Cricket Team
- and - The Second Chance Charity.
Her Live Children's Performance Poetry and Comedy Songs Performances - her Ballet Music for Children - her Comical and FairyTale Poetry and Novelty Songs Performances For Children - and her Literary Festival Appearances, Live Song Recitals, Keyboard and Piano Recitals - and Live Comedy Performance Poetry Performances - and - her Live Ventriloquism Radio Broadcasts (yes really!) - and - her Live Comedy Poetry Radio Broadcasts - to date, include:
BBC 3 Counties
BBC Radio Solent (as the BBC’s ‘Poetry Expert’)
Festival of Chichester
Havant Literary Festival
Beer & Oyster Festival
The White Hart
The Secret Garden
Muse & Music Society
By Request of Baroness Golding and Law Lords of
The House Of Lords, Belgravia, London
The Lanesborough Hotel, Park Lane/Hyde Park, London
The MADhurst Festival
- And More!
A wide Selection of Merlynda's Romantic Love Poems also featured at Seventh Heaven in Midhurst, West Sussex as part of The MADhurst Festival, in 2016.
Since 1985, she has performed her ‘One-Woman Shows’ - her ‘Live Music Events’ - and - ‘Talks’ in a wide variety of theatrical venues, clubs, pubs, halls - including performing on the London Fringe Theatre circuit.
Passionate Poems at Poet's Corner
- Live Poetry Performances & Readings Every Week - Devon:
For More Information & To Book Seats At Merlynda's Live Poetry Performances & Live Poetry Readings - which take place Every Week at Poet's Corner in Devon - Please Visit the Passionate Poems at Poet's Corner website:
Passionate Poems - www.PassionatePoems.com
Merlynda Welcomes Visitors to her 'littlest bookshop in England' - the 'Favourite Books Bookshop' - on Special Literary 'Open Days' - whenever possible. Please Call or Message to Make An Appointment at other times .
Merlynda's Poetry Books Are Available To Order Online via:
The Devon Book Society
- and -
Favourite Books Bookshop
- and via Waterstone's - Ebay - and All Good Booksellers.
On display on Merlynda's Poetry Books & Poetry Performances Websites are:
Merlynda's Romantic Love Poetry For Weddings - her Romantic Bereavement Poetry For Funerals - her Romantic Nature Poetry Books and Booklets - her War Poetry Books - her Comedy and Satire Poetry Books and Booklets For Adults - her Poetry and FairyTale Booklets & Books For Children - her Cartoons and Illustrated Greetings Cards and Postcards, Posters and Prints, Selections of her Mounted Poems, Selections of her Mounted Cartoons and Illustrations - and occasionally selections of her Original Paintings and Drawings.
Also Available To View & Buy: Merlynda's beautiful Romantic Poetry Illustrated Poetry Posters - Framed and Mounted - Sizes Range from A5 to A1.
In addition to her background as a professional Romantic Poet and Romantic Love Songwriter - Merlynda's career spans working as a Stage Actor and Live Performer/Entertainer (since she was 8 years old) - as a professional Pianist at The Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park, London - and - The Elvetham Country Estate in Hampshire - among others - as a professional Street/Walkabout Ventriloquist ('Miss Merlynda') - and - as a professional Punch & Judy Professor.
Also - as an Award-Winning Cartoonist & Caricaturist (aka: 'Kitty Pigfish') - as a professional Fine Artist and Portrait Artist exhibiting nationally and internationally - and - as an Award-Winning Cartoonist/Caricaturist and Book Illustrator (aka: 'Kitty Pigfish'/'Inky Sunday').
Also - she has worked as a professional Columnist for Newspapers and Magazines ('Scarlette Starz') - as a commissioned and published Art Author for The Art Institute - as PA to The Chief Barker of The Variety Club of Great Britain - and - as PA to the MD of Columbia-EMI-Warner Bros Films - as a Scriptwriter in the AV industry.
In addition to her prolific Cabaret and Jazz Songwriting - she is also a Composer of Piano/Keyboard Dance & Ballet Music.
In addition, Merlynda has appeared at Events, Balls and Parties as a professional Tarot Reader and I Ching Reader - and - as a professional Astrologer.
She is a Creator and Leader of Workshops in:
Creative Poetry Writing - Acting - Poetry Performance
Public Speaking - Singing - Ventriloquism
She has a great deal of experience in creating, editing and publishing two illustrated and printed Poetry Magazines.
As a professional Comedy Performance Poet - she has performed Live at a variety of Poetry Festivals, Literary Festivals and Music Festivals, - Live on BBC Radio, Commercial Radio and Hospital Radio - and - headlining at a variety of Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic Events and Poetry and Literary Festivals.
Her Caricatures Cartoons, Illustrations, Fine Art Paintings and Drawings are Exhibited Internationally - feature in many prestigious Private Collections - are auctioned by prestigious Fine Art Auctioneers - Commissioned by numerous high profile Clients - and - are Exhibited by high profile London Galleries and commercial International Art Galleries - in addition to many Provincial Art Galleries.
Her 'Exhibitions List' to date is available upon request.
She is also the Founder and Resident Trainer of The Ventriloquist Club of Great Britain - a professional Street Ventriloquist and Walkabout Ventriloquist - and a professional Variety Theatre British Music Hall Entertainer.
She is based in the heart of the picturesque Bucks Valley woodlands, in the mysterious village of Bucks Mills, on the rugged North Devon coastline - an area of outstanding natural beauty - where, too - she often recites Selections of her original Romantic Love Poems, her Bereavement Poems, her Spiritual Love Poems and her Romantic Nature and Place Poems - and - Sings Selections of her Romantic Love Songs for visitors and residents.
Merlynda also entertains audiences live by reciting her Hilariously Satirical Comedy Poems and Singing her Witty Comedy Songs For Adults - and very occasionally - her Fairy-Tale poems and Verse-Fables For Children - together with the assistance of one or more of her Ventriloquist Dummies/Dolls/Puppets - of course!
Merlynda has worked professionally at numerous Live Events as an 'Event Cartoonist & Caricaturist' - and - as a professional 'Street Ventriloquist' and 'Walkabout Ventriloquist' - and - 'Street Puppeteer' - at Festivals and Family Friendly Public Events - for all ages.
She studied Fine Art with: Ian Simpson (Central St Martins), at Goldsmiths University, London, at Winchester School of Art, Hampshire - and studied Sculpture with Carol Orwin - and specialised in Watercolours with William Lawrence at The Harvey Gallery. Her artworks are auctioned by Christies Auctioneers and Phillips Fine Art and are displayed at a wide variety of galleries in the UK - both commercial and public - although her work is mostly exhibited in central London - as well as internationally.
A full Exhibitions List is available on request - here’s a brief excerpt – (all galleries mentioned are in central London unless otherwise stated):
The Royal Water Colour Society
The Pastel Society
Britain’s Painters (The Artist Magazine Exhibition)
The Raw Gallery
The Bankside Gallery
The Mall Galleries
The Westminster Gallery (QE Conference Centre, Westminster)
The NorthBank Gallery
The Seagate Gallery (Dundee)
The Collective Gallery (Edinburgh)
The International Grand Prix Watercolour Artists (France)
The International Salon of Cartoonists & Caricaturists (France)
Art Addiction Gallery (Sweden)
The KD Gallery (Surrey)
The Harvey Gallery (Surrey)
Seventh Heaven (West Sussex)
The Royal Brighton Pavilion Gallery (Sussex)
The Barley Brut Gallery (Hampshire)
- and her artworks also feature in prestigious private Art Collections - as follows:
- HM Elizabeth The Queen Mother - and -
- McLaren Formula One Team Principal
- among many others.
Her Illustrations are also published by:
Thames & Hudson
- and in various printed Poetry Publications.
Merlynda also studied Art History
Art & Communications
- and -
has Diplomas in the following disciplines:
Stage and Therapeutic Hypnotherapy
Astrology and Divination
Fine Art - Painting and Drawing
For more details - Please Message or Call Merlynda - directly.
Merlynda Marlene Cabaret Club
- Live Cabaret Comedy Singing Ventriloquist Performances -
- Every Week -
- To Book Seats - Please Click on 'Booking Seats' page -
Miss Merlynda Puppet Theatre Club
- Live Family Fun Ventriloquist & StoryTelling For All Ages -
- Every Week - Outdoors -
- Miss Merlynda Puppet Theatre Club Garden -
- To Book Seats - Please Visit:
Passionate Poems at Poet's Corner
- To Book Seats At Merlynda's Live Poetry Readings
- Every Week -
Favourite Books Bookshop
- To Order Merlynda's Poetry Books Online -
Devon Book Society
- To Order Merlynda's Poetry Books Online -
Merlynda is also the Founder & Resident Trainer of:
'The Ventriloquist Club of Great Britain' (VCGB)
and teaches Professional Ventriloquism Workshops
For Entertainers, Actors and Theatrical/TV/Film
and Live Entertainment Professionals - and - Fun
Learn Ventriloquism! Workshops For Beginners
On both a One-To-One - and - a Special Group basis
- both from her private Performance Studio - and -
at Festivals and Events.
- For More Info and To Book Ventriloquism Training -
Are You Seeking A
Witty - Sophisticated - Lady Comedy Ventriloquist?
and/or - a Classy Comical Cabaret or Music Hall Singer?
and/or - a Musical Puppetry Entertainer?
For Your Very Special Event?
Then - Look No Further!
Merlynda Marlene is:
- a Live Cabaret Comedy Ventriloquist
- a Unique Singing Ventriloquist
- a Live Cabaret Puppeteer
- a Walkabout Ventriloquist For Outdoor Events
- a Mix and Mingle Ventriloquist For Indoor Events
- an Up-Close/At Table Ventriloquist For Receptions/Dinners/Ceremonies
- a Marlene Dietrich Tribute Artiste and Soundalike
- a multi Award-Winning Cabaret Comedy & Satire Ballads
and - Comical - Satire - Surreal - Cute - Romantic - Songs
Singer-Songwriter and Performer
- AND -
- a Hilarious Live Cabaret Comedy & Satire Monologuer
- and a - Comedy - Satire - and - Surreal - Performance Poet
Her Passions Are Ventriloquism - Comedy - and - Cabaret!
Merlynda Marlene Writes and Performs Witty - Satirical -
Surreal - Comical - Evocative - Romantic - Cute - Naughty -
Cabaret Comedy Ballads and Songs - Verses and Monologues
- Sings Hilariously! - as both herself - AND - as a Unique and
Highly Original Singing Ventriloquist - together with Her
Cheeky Chatty - and often very Naughty! - Puppet Friends!
- AND - Entertains Audiences Live -
In her guise as a Marlene Dietrich Soundalike Tribute Artiste!
Merlynda Marlene has Won several Awards & Medals for
Cabaret Song-Writing and Comical Publications - Including:
Comical - Satirical - Surreal - Romantic - Dramatic
Songs - Ballads - Monologues - Speeches - Poems - Music
- And For -
- Simply Entertaining Live Audiences! -
To Discuss Your Event
- and -
To Book Merlynda Marlene
To Entertain At Your Event
- Please Contact Merlynda on: 01237 431166 -
Or Send Your Requirements and Information via the