After training at the London School of Contemporary Dance, alison therese limerick performed with Ballet Metropolis and MAAS Movers, both contemporary dance companies. Whilst continuing to dance she also began singing, firstly for London Contemporary Dance and Phoenix Dance then moving on to commercial sessions for recording artists including the Style Council, Pete Murphy and This Mortal Coil.
For a time Ms Limerick worked as a singer for hire, performing in various theatre productions most notably Wayne Sleep’s Dash, with whom she toured briefly. She began her musical theatre career in “Labelled With Love” – a show inspired by the music of Squeeze – at the Albany Empire, London. She went on to join the resident company “The Combination”, appearing in a number of productions including a modern reworking of the “Beggars Opera” in which she played Polly alongside the likes of Eamonn Walker, Didi Hopkins and Jimmi Harkishin, amongst others.
In a South Bank Show version of Henry Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aeneas”, she took the role of First Witch. Other musicals include: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” @ the Heymarket, Leicester: “King” a tribute to Dr Martin Luther King @ the Prince Edward Theatre, London, appearing as Rosa Parks (a character for which she had to don a large, grey wig and paint age lines on a face that looked a trifle young to carry the weight of the role). In “Starlight Express” @ the Apollo Victoria, London she took the role of Belle but also understudied the lead (Pearl) and the role of Electra (it is believed that she is still the only woman ever to perform as Electra). In the touring production of “Smokey Joe’s Café” she was ‘girl with the boa’ and in “The Pajama Game” she appeared as Gladys. That production ran firstly @ The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, before moving to the Princess Theatre, Toronto, Canada, closing at the Victoria Palace, London. Ms Limerick also appeared in “Collusion”, a British movie, as “the jazz singer”. She appeared in “A Cavalcade Of Coward” @ the Piccadilly Theatre, London and has performed in various cabaret venues in England with Charlotte Bicknell and Malinda Hughes, the trio being the vocalists in Fabulous Darling, an ensemble whose musical director is David Harrod.
Juggling the many disciplines and demands of a theatre, cabaret and commercial recording career is not a task for the feint-hearted but each facet, each complementary skill and experience has helped to shape Ms Limerick into a well rounded and versatile writer and performer.