WHAT DO you do when you’ve had – and are still enjoying – a career that includes a British first, have raised a family and are well into your sixties? Become a blues shouter, of course.
That is the late-life plan of Cleo Sylvestre, the first black actor to win a leading role at the National Theatre, and a mother of three.
Telling herself “I want to do something else before I snuff it”, she enlisted a few musicians from among her friends in showbiz and, as Honey B Mama, is belting out 12-bar numbers to pubgoers around northeast London. Now she is seeking an agent for gigs outside London and on the Continent.
Not that Sylvestre has been slacking theatrically. At Edinburgh this year 2014 she won great reviews in a play called The Last Bloom.
The media became interested when she walked out (it was that kind of relationship) with the band’s singer, Mick Jagger.
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* Honey B Mama will be at the Scolt Head, 107A Culford Road, De Beauvoir N1 4HT, Thurs 30 Oct 2014, 8.30pm, free. The pub has a disabled-access toilet.
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