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Who are you?
I’m Miss Jade (Jade Byrne) from Darlington, and I’m Miss Fiona (Fiona Scott), also from Darlington.  

What is it you do?  
Miss Jade – I’m an Actress, Writer, Theatre Producer and Children’s Author, and now also the director of Darlington’s newest performing arts academy, Platform Perform.  

I originally studied at SLP College and received a Trinity College of London, National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre as well as my Associate of the London College of Music in Musical Theatre having begun at the Tiffany School of Dance.  

Miss Fiona – I’m a Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Professional Dancer and Performer; I’m also a fully qualified fitness professional. 

I have also studied at SLP College and gained the Associate of the London College of Music in Musical Theatre having begun at the Melanie Edmenson School of Dance.  

How long have you been doing it? 
Miss Jade – I’ve been acting professionally for 12 years, I started writing three years ago, and producing my own work 18 months ago.  

Miss Fiona – I’ve been performing and dancing my whole life but professionally, I’ve been dancing and teaching for the past 13 years. 

What inspires you? 
Miss Jade – Seeing other artists work, I love going to the theatre and my two children.  

Miss Fiona – Music, dance and the freedom and expression that comes with it. Dancing for me is like taking a mini vacation from the stresses that can occur in everyday life.  

Tell us about your work. 
Miss Jade – I’m known for my one-person show, Pricks, which I wrote, perform in and now produce; Pricks started in 2018 and has toured ever since.  

I’m also the author of the children’s book Daisy Donald, a Type 1 Diabetes advocate and my own creative work so far, has centred around the theme of Type 1 Diabetes.  

My producing company, Blackbird Creative Arts, is based in Darlington, and was set up just over a year ago; we hope to be producing a beautiful piece of work for children in 2021. 

Miss Fiona – I am the Assistant Manager at The Gym Group, Darlington, so have a great passion for fitness, health and well-being.  

I have my own cabaret troupe, ‘Cabaret Showdolls’ alongside Duke De Milo, and have been teaching the past few years at the Sony Marie Academy of Dance in Darlington.  

I’m starting to work with Jade at Platform Perform, leading the dance aspect of the business (technique, body conditioning, show & audition prep, as well as singing) and I’m ecstatic to begin teaching our new students in September. 

What have you got coming up in the future? 
Miss Jade – We hope to be producing a beautiful piece of work for children in 2021, inspired by my book Daisy Donald. And it’s hoped that Pricks continues to tour next year as well after having three tours cancelled during 2020 (due to COVID-19), we plan to deliver all of these shows next year.  

Miss Fiona – I’m looking forward to carrying on in the same vein as recent years, getting back on the stage, as well as working alongside Jade at Platform Perform.  

Where can people find out more about you? 
You can find out more about Platform Perform via and on socials @PlatPerform with Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram  

Platform Perform opening weekend takes places on Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 September 2020. Click here for  more information.


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