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Sarah Ward


Sarah is a multi-award winning, powerhouse chanteuse and performer.

Creator of the formidable Yana Alana and Tha Paranas, the act has received ten Green Room Awards including three for Best Cabaret Artiste and most recently a Helpmann Award nomination. Sarah has performed with La Soiree at The Sydney Opera House in 2014 as well as the Darwin Festival and Brisbane Festival in 2013. She was disco diva in Finucane and Smiths Glory Box during their Melbourne season, Adelaide Fringe Festival season and in Buenos Aires.

Early in 2013, Sarah toured with Arena Theatre Company performing a new cabaret work, Cautionary Tales For Children, which was nominated for a Helpmann award. Sarah toured for two years with Circus Oz nationally and internationally as their Ring mistress, writing original material and songs for her role.

In 2010 she was commissioned by the Melbourne Workers Theatre to create the music for the new work Every Angel Is Terrible. She was also part of a creative development for a new music theatre show, Revival, by David Chisholm. Both works appeared as part of Carnegie 18 at the Melbourne Arts Centre 2011.

For two years running Sarah was co-musical director for the Women’s Circus for shows A Plane Without Wings Is A Rocket (2006) and Antechamber (2007). Sarah was also a one half of the celebrated hip-hop cabaret act Sista She, touring from 2003 to 2008.

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