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Who is Joanne?



I work as a presenter and a singer.


You may have come across me via one of my three main roles:


Lucienne de Ville (chanteuse) chansons and a fun new venture: ABBA sing-a-longs.


Pollie Toothill (Victorian tour guide)


J&J Projects for Schools (science presenter)


I live in Yorkshire and travel widely including overseas for my work, when I can!


I really love what I do and if you want to find out how I got to this point, just scroll down a bit ...


EDUCATION,

FUN,

ENTERTAINMENT

Upcoming  Events

Mama Mia!


Saturday 11th June


Harking back to those Nordic nights that never really go dark


Mama Mia! Here we go again at Cobbles and Clay on Haworth Main Street.


My my, how can you resist this?


Sing-a-long, have a dance.



Warm up your voice and then call ...


Cobbles & Clay to reserve your table


01535 958961

Grease


Saturday 25th June


Well - a well - a well - a ho!


Shall I tell you more ?


Sing-a-long, have a dance.



Cobbles & Clay to reserve your table


01535 958961

Cabaret Francaise Friday 1st July


The first soirée of the year welcomes everyone back for

fine French dining, enchanting chansons and dancing.


We will be once more in residence at Cobbles and Clay

on Haworth's legendary and evocative Main Street

or as we like to call it:


la Rue Principale.


Give Cobbles & Clay a call to reserve your table


01535 958961

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Like many super-stars during the Lockdown years I diversified

and began a film career.

About me

My background is quite diverse. I've been a Bluecoat Entertainer at Pontin's, a teacher in a Language School in Eastern Europe and worked in a heavy engineering company in Germany which is why I can speak and sing in German!


My singing career began in my early twenties when I toured the Working Men's Clubs, holiday camps and sang at private parties.


I created Lucienne de Ville in 2014. My inspiration came from Lucienne Delyle, a French chanteuse born in Paris in 1900. Like me, she had something of a portfolio career: she was a pharmacist by day.


As Lucienne, I sing in French, German, Italian and English, bringing together my love of languages, singing and entertaining.

In 1990 I started work at the University of Bradford. I had a number of roles and eventually became involved in promoting science and engineering at schools in the UK and overseas. Excitingly, this work took me to Botswana, the UAE, the Baltic States and across Europe.


J&J Projects was created in 2015 to continue promoting science and engineering. The scientist behind it is Jack Bradley who is a chartered Mechanical Engineer and we are proud to present real science and real engineering with real engagement and appeal.

Pollie Toothill is another of the characters I play. I am delighted to be one of the professional guides with Saltaire Walks and Talks, founded by the inimitable and inspiring Maria Glot.


When I joined the Walks and Talks team, a friend and historian, Alan Cattell, researched Pollie Toothill from the census records in the 1870s. As Pollie, I guide visitors around Saltaire and share the village and the mill's history and Pollie's own personal story. Find out more on the Pollie Toothill page.


I love being Pollie and can relate to her story now. The history of Saltaire is really fascinating and I love dressing up in a cloak and long dresses of the 19th century.

J&J Projects 2020 building hovercrafts

I really enjoy having a 'portfolio' career which uses the skills and experience gained

from a childhood of acting at Bradford Playhouse through to representing

Science and Engineering internationally.


I am delighted

to bring together subjects I'm passionate about to

entertain, educate,

create fun and

inspire!