Aurora Richardson is no stranger to the stage. Born and raised in West End Brisbane, Aurora or Rory, as she’s known, found her love for the arts after starting after school classes with the Australian Acting Academy at age 10. Encouraged to pursue Drama as a career from her teacher Carly Simpson at Brisbane State High School, Rory successfully auditioned for the young actor’s programme at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and soon found her way to the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in the heart of the West End.

Rory didn’t stop there. After a successful audition she was quick to become part of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain which has taught the likes of Daniel Day Lewis, Dame Helen Mirren, and Catherine Tate. Rory believes however that it was through her drama studies that lead her to discover her passion for music composition/ songwriting.

 “I come from quite a musical family. My brother Alistar is a musician and my dad Greig, too.” Music has always been a staple in our family’s life. It was a direction that felt very natural.” 

Since her time at RADA, Rory has started to write more music and has found her niche within the realm of cabaret – combining her love for theatre and music. “I think that’s what I love about cabaret. It’s so freeing – for both the performer and spectator. There is no concise definition in the lexicon of classical music to explain precisely what cabaret songs are. Therefore the possibilities for creation are endless!”

Rory recently finished a stint up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with all-female musical comedy troupe ‘Polly Clamorous’ and looks forward to taking a new show up to the fringe next year.

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