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Sam Lee, Marisha Wallace, Adam Kay

Folk singer and song collector Sam Lee, singer Marisha Wallace and former junior doctor turned stand-up Adam Kay join Libby Purves for live, nocturnal conversation.

Folk singer and song collector Sam Lee, singer Marisha Wallace and former junior doctor turned stand-up Adam Kay join Libby Purves for live, nocturnal conversation.

Marisha Wallace is a singer who is sharing the role of Effie White in the musical Dreamgirls. Based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes and The Shirelles, the musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called The Dreams, who become music superstars. Marisha has performed on Broadway in Something Rotten! Disney's Aladdin and toured in The Book Of Mormon. Dreamgirls is at the Savoy Theatre, London.

Sam Lee is a folk singer and song collector who learnt his craft by immersing himself in the traditional songs and singers within the traveller community. He is performing Singing with Nightingales as part of the Concrete Dreams exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London. For six weeks in spring Sam also hosts nocturnal nightingale walks in the countryside of Kent and Sussex in which he performs with the reclusive male nightingales whose haunting song has inspired musicians and poets for generations.. Sam was inspired by a recording made in 1924 in which a nightingale starred in the BBC's first live outside broadcast, "duetting" with cellist Beatrice Harrison as she played in her garden. Sam Lee performs at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank, on Saturday 28 April. His nightingale walks start on April 20th.

Adam Kay is a writer and comedian. His book This is Going to Hurt is about his former career as a junior doctor, Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, his diaries provide a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. He describes the long nights on duty as 'sailing the ship alone - a ship that's enormous, and on fire, and which no one has really taught you how to sail'. His experiences range from the amusing to the tragic and end with his difficult decision to give up medicine in 2010. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is published by Picador.

Producer Paula McGinley.

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Sam Lee

Sam Lee
Sam Lee, Singing With Nightingales can be heard at the Concrete Dreams Weekend part of the Concrete Dreams Exhibition on at the Southbank Centre, London from Tuesday 10 April until Tuesday 1 May 2018.

Adam Kay

Adam Kay
This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay is published by Picador. Image Copyright: Martinovic and Noble Photo Agency

Marisha Wallace

Marisha Wallace
Marisha Wallace is starring as Effie White in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, London until Saturday 22 September 2018. 
Image Credit: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

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