Karin Fernald, an accredited Arts Society speaker and performer, has a high reputation as a solo performer on arts and literary subjects. After intensive researches into diaries and letters, she writes her own material to create a spellbinding recreation of a character and a historical period, together with PowerPoint images. Karin also enjoys working with musicians to combine words and music. She has appeared at festivals all over England and in Japan, Australia Europe and South Africa. London venues include the National Portrait Gallery, the Foundling Museum, Dr. Johnson’s House and the Hurlingham Club. Subjects include Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Austen, Fanny Burney, Edwin Landseer Florence Nightingale, Perdita Robinson, Queen Victoria and that endless source of vitality and interest, Virginia Woolf.
Karin trained as an actor at RADA and worked in theatre, TV and radio until branching out with her solo show on Fanny Burney and then turning it into a popular lecture, the first of many. She has a distinguished theatrical background, having appeared at London’s Haymarket theatre with Sir Ralph Richardson, and at the Savoy Theatre opposite Robert Morley in his hit comedy A GHOST ON TIPTOE. She played SALLY BOWLES in the first production of CABARET outside London, and ELIZABETH BENNET in a nation-wide tour of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. TV roles include ANNE WILMOT FORSYTE in THE FORSYTE SAGA. In 2010 Karin’s children’s book THE DUMPY PRINCESS, on the childhood of Queen Victoria, was published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and was shortlisted for a YOUNG QUILLS award. She aims to finish another, on George lV’s daughter Princess Charlotte; but keeps getting deflected.
THE FAMOUS MISS BURNEY
“Spellbinding” Irving Wardle, The Times
“A rivetting interpretation of diarist Fanny Burney” Daily Telegraph
“a tour de force” Cheltenham Festival
VIRGINIA WOOLF ON LIFE, ART AND BUYING SUSPENDERS
“A superlative talk…I was riveted throughout…..and compliment you on the elegantly constructive development.. I could have listened for hours” (Gravesend Arts Society)
”An excellent public performer, able to deal with a complex topic in an engaging and lively way” (Walton and Hersham Arts Society)
”we appreciate your research, vision and presentation skills” (Fife Arts Society)