First day of recording in the UK for 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage' - the film. I've been involved with this project for 18 months now and it's been so amazing to watch it grow from a workshop, to a piece of performance art and now to a film.
Had a brilliant weekend recording The Red Soul Brigade's new EP. Brilliant people, brilliant music!
Fantastic writing session with Kathryn Rutherford this morning! Watch this space.
First gig singing lead vocals with The Red Soul Brigade tonight! Exciting!
Starting rehearsals today for Barlow and Smith's exciting cabaret of new musical theatre writing later this year.
September = back to school and wedding season! Lots of new pupils and singing at weddings every weekend! Love my job.
Final night of GRIM tonight. Can't believe how quickly it's gone! Tomorrow, on to the next project...
First performance of GRIM at The Rose Theatre, Kingston today. A short run before we open at The Charing Cross Theatre on August 4th!
First rehearsal today for The Red Soul Brigade. Really excited to be fronting this brilliant band!
Brilliant evening performing scenes from two new WW1 plays at The Hertford Theatre.
Beginning a new play-reading project tomorrow at The Hertford Theatre. Working with the brilliant Kate Miller again.
Rehearsals going brilliantly both for GRIM and The West End Meets the West Country. Super busy and couldn't be happier!
Recording the 'Original London Cast' album of GRIM this week! Super exciting!
Great rehearsal today for 'The West End Meets The West Country'. It's going to be a fabulous concert. Get your tickets here.
Rehearsals going brilliantly for GRIM. A very exciting summer ahead!
Very excited to be joining the cast of GRIM - The Love Story That Never Dies at The Rose, Kingston.
The reviews are in... Check them out below!
Sondheim - 'Only... Slightly Rearranged' take two, at The Battersea Barge.
It's today!! Sondheim - 'Only... Slightly Rearranged' at The Pheasantry, Chelsea.
One week until Sondheim - 'Only... Slightly Rearranged' Can't wait!
Today I sang for Kerry Ellis and sang alongside Michael Ball. Doesn't get much better than that! I love my job!
Fun rehearsed reading today for LOGOS Theatre Company's production of 'The London Cuckolds'.
It's tonight... 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage' at Tate Modern.
Starting rehearsals today for Test of Time's latest production... SONDHEIM -'Only... Slightly Rearranged'. Very exciting!
Really excited to announce Test of Time's latest production... SONDHEIM -'Only... Slightly Rearranged'.
It's tonight... 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage' at Tate Britain.
Opening night of 'Dick Backard: Private Eye' went brilliantly on Wednesday! Take a look at this great review, 'Drake... played the part with mischievous glee and was fun to watch.'
Short film I did at the end of 2013 for the Mind charity...
Happy New Year! Next job... www.dickbackard.tumblr.com
Thank you to everyone who came to support 'In The Mood For A Melody'
I'm really proud of the show and can't to wait to put on more dates in 2014!
It's tonight! 'West End Voices at Christmas' in aid of The Honeypot Children's Charity! It's going to be a great night. Looking forward to singing Gabrielle Aplin's 'The Power Of Love.'
Great weekend rehearsing for 'West End Voices at Christmas' with MD Colin Billing, MDing The Fresh Arts Theatre School Christmas shows and accompanying my pupils at their LAMDA musical theatre exams!
Singing at St Albans Christmas Market today, with VoXelle!
Busy day! Rehearsals for 'In The Mood For A Melody' followed by a VoXelle Christmas gig!
Off to the premiere of a short-film I did about mental health for Mind (including my own stunts!).
Rehearsals begin for 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage,' at Tate Britain!
One month until 'In The Mood For A Melody' at The Pheasantry, Chelsea. Very exciting! Please click here to get your tickets.
Had a wonderful time in New York! We even made it into the top nine things to see!
Off to New York to perform in 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage' as part of the Performa Festival. Very exciting!
This morning I was absolutely privileged to spend half an hour going through one of my favourite Sondheim songs, 'Not A Day Goes By', with the fabulous Maria Friedman as part of West End Masterclass. What an experience!
Great morning at West End Masterclass! Auditions session and hip-hop class with Tobias Mead.
A weekend full of rehearsals for 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage' New York! Here we come!
Really looking forward to being part of Pass The Spoon's live radio performance, 'Dick Backard: Private Eye', again in the New Year!
'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage' is going to New York! November 4th - 11th! Can't wait!
Had a great weekend filming with The Apex House! Next job... Cally Spooner's 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage'take three (Cambridge).
Really looking forward to a weekend of intense filming and a Spring Awakening workshop with Charlotte Wakefield at West End Masterclass!
Please check out my new MT voice reel here!
Very exciting new project from Test of Time Productions to be announced soon! Watch this space!
Please check out the News Archive page for more...
Looking forward to a really exciting new film project in a few weeks, including a stunt!
Great day filming with The Puritones for JACK Entertainment!
Singing at Westfield, Shepherd's Bush today as part of the GIGS: BIG BUSK Competition 2013. Please go online and vote for me at:
Great photo shoot with Voxelle and Boris Mitkov today! Photos coming soon!
Filming at the O2 today as part of the GIGS: BIG BUSK COMPETITION. Please vote for me here... I need as many votes as possible!
Feeling refreshed after two weeks in the sun! Next task... Competing in the GIGS: BIG BUSK COMPETITION! First performance at Euston Station, 13.00 tomorrow!!
Singing at a wedding reception is one thing... Singing for one of your oldest friends, as she walks dow then aisle, is another! *Must not cry!*
Singing at the Imperial Ball tonight! Love getting glammed up for my job!
Great headshot session with Darren Bell this morning!
Review from Singers Soiree...
Had a wonderful time singing at the Singers Soiree tonight!
Please come along to the Singers Soiree on Tuesday night! Battersea Barge, 7.00pm. Great talent for a great cause!
Another huge success for 'Let's Do It!' at The Bridewell! Lots of happy audience members. It's getting the messages afterwards that makes it all worthwhile...
'I enjoyed the cole porter bridewell show so much. Thank you so much!'
''Let's Do It!' was FAB!! If you were thinking of coming but didn't, you missed out. Watch this space.'
Another sell-out performance of 'Let's Do It!' at the Jermyn Street Theatre last night! Looking forward to the Bridewell, this saturday (25th) at 19.30.
Pleased to announce that I am now represented by APM Associates.
Do you love Cole Porter? Berlin? Rodgers and Hart? It's all in 'Let's Do It!' at the Bridewell Theatre, May 25th at 19.30.
Get your tickets here... http://letsdoitatthebridewelltheatre.eventbrite.com
Had a fabulous time in Amsterdam! Here's to Berlin and (maybe) New York!
Off to Amsterdam for Cally Spooner's 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage' at the Steidlijk Museum.
Happy Easter to everyone! Rehearsals are going really well for Cally Spooner's 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage.' Looking forward to flying off to Amsterdam next week for the show!
Had a fantastic time reading the parts of Joanna and Veronica in a rehearsed reading of Kate Miller's Passion Play tonight, directed by Rhys Thomas.
Rehearsals begin today for 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage'! So looking forward to it!
Pleased to announce that I will be appearing in Cally Spooner's new musical, 'And You Were Wonderful, On Stage' at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in April 2013.
Audition today! Audition tomorrow! Play reading on Wednesday. Looking forward to this week!
Had a fab time singing at the St Albans School Jazz Evening tonight. Looking forward to lots of auditions and a rehearsed play reading next week!
Filming again today with The Create Network!
Very busy today! Teaching in the morning, off to Oxford to sing in 'Higgs and Alice in a Chess Piece' and then performing at The Oxford Gargoyles 15 Year Anniversary concert tonight!
I am delighted to announce that two more dates have been booked for Test of Time's production of 'Let's Do It!' - May 19th (The Jermyn Street Theatre) and May 25th (The Bridewell Theatre)!
Looking forward to working with The Create Network on a corporate film next week!
Spent the weekend rehearsing for a very contemporary mix of music, acrobats and physics... Watch this space.
Booking theatres for more performances of 'Let's Do It!' Very exciting!!
Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported Test of Time Productions' performance of 'Let's Do It!' at the weekend! Watch this space for more performances!
It's this weekend! Let's Do It!' at the Leicester Square Theatre, January 13th 2013!
I week today! Please come along to 'Let's Do It!'at the Leicester Square Theatre, January 13th 2013!
2 weeks today! Please come along to 'Let's Do It!'at the Leicester Square Theatre, January 13th 2013!
4 weeks today! Please come along to 'Let's Do It!'at the Leicester Square Theatre, January 13th 2013!
Fancy a d'lovely treat in the New Year? Please come along to 'Let's Do It!'at the Leicester Square Theatre, January 13th 2013!
Show week! 'Dick Backard: Private Eye'
Looking forward to Dick Backard! It's going to be fabulous! www.dickbackard.eventbrite.com.
RUSSELL GRANT FOR CHRISTMAS NO.1!
Rehearsals for 'Dick Backard: Private Eye' are going well! Buy tickets here!
My new album, RHIANNON DRAKE SINGS THE SONGS OF COLE PORTER AND FRIENDS is now available!! Please go to the 'Musician' page to find out more!
Thank you to everyone who was involved with 'Let's Do It!' It was a fabulous evening, and I'm very proud of all the hard work that went in to it from everyone!
'Let's Do It!' Here we go...
Next job after 'Let's Do It!'... Pass the Spoon's production of 'Dick Backard: Private Eye' at Hoxton Hall.
Second performance of 'Let's Do It!'is booked for the new year. Watch this space!
'Let's Do It!' has sold out! Thank you so much to everyone who bought tickets. I hope you enjoy the show!!
4 weeks to go until show time! 'Let's Do It!' at Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Please go to upstairsathegatehouse.com to buy tickets!
First day at Freedom Academy today!
I'm pleased to announce that 'Test of Time Productions' will be putting on 'Let's Do It' - A Celebration of the Works of Cole Porter and his Contemporaries at Upstairs at the Gatehouse on November 3rd, 20.00! Please come along for an evening of glitz and fabulous music!
Very sad that 'Aladdin' is over. Met some great people and had such a laugh! On to the next thing!
Having a great time doing Lost Musicals' 'Aladdin' at Sadler's Wells. Fab people, fab reviews, fab show!
Going into the final week of rehearsals for 'Aladdin'. Opening at Sadler's Wells on Sunday. Very exciting!
Another Prom tonight!
Starting rehearsals today for 'Aladdin'!
Really looking forward to singing at the First Night of the Proms with the BBCSC on Friday!
Looking forward to working with Rosendale Productions!
Next job... Cole Porter's 'Aladdin' at Sadler's Wells (Lost Musicals). Exciting stuff!
Really sad that 'The Last Witch' is over, but time for some more auditions!
Show went brilliantly at The Hertford Theatre last week! We sold out every performance. Looking forward to this week's performances and a couple of castings coming up!
It's show time! Please come and see 'The Last Witch' at the Hertford Theatre, 13th - 16th June and Walkern Hall, 23rd - 25th June.
One week to go until 'The Last Witch' opens!
Loving rehearsals for Pins and Feathers Production of 'The Last Witch'! Please come and see it at The Hertford Theatre and Walkern Hall, from June 13th.
Pleased to announce that I will be playing the role of 'Anne Thorne' in Kate Miller's 'The Last Witch' at the Hertford Theatre, from June 13th. Directed by Richard Syms.
First rehearsal with the BBC Symphony Chorus tonight!
I am delighted to be joining the BBC Symphony Chorus!
Had an amazing time in Istanbul! Back to the auditions!
Off on holiday! Istanbul... here we come!
Looking forward to shooting another short film tomorrow! Playing a teacher again...
Can't believe tour is over! I've had a fabulous 6 months with Traffic of the Stage!
End of a crazy week! Back and forth between Exeter and London, with 3 shows, rehearsals and a voice over job for Endemol! Bring on a full week of shows next week!
Please listen to my new voice reel here:
Had a great time filming 'Cain and Abel' today!
March already!! Only 4 weeks left with Traffic of the Stage!
All those auditions last week were worth it! Looking forward to filming a short-film next week!
Had great fun doing a stop-motion voice over project today!
February has proved to be a very busy month so far! Loads of shows, loads of auditions! 3 auditions, 2 shows and a voice-over job this week!
Tour starts today!! Jan 23rd - March 31st, 2012: Traffic of the Stage's 'Shakespeare Live!'
Back to rehearsals for... Traffic of the Stage's 'Shakespeare Live!'
Happy New Year!! May 2012 be a happy and successful year for all!
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a fantastic day and a relaxing holiday! All the best for 2012!
I am pleased to say that I will be touring with Traffic of the Stage again in the New Year! This time with their 'Shakespeare Live!' show, January - March!
Traffic of the Stage's 'History of Theatre Live!' Tour is over! Time for Christmas...
Please take a look at my new headshots! Thank you to www.michaelwharley.co.uk for a great session!
I will be touring with Traffic of the Stage's 'History of Theatre Live!' until December 9th.
I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by Christopher Oxford at The Tennyson Agency.
Julia Chapman, edfringereview.com: 4 stars, '...but the real stars were Rhiannon Drake... with Drake deliveringa particularly impressive rendition of the infamous beheader with her lovely booming voice... articulation was absolutely perfect and every word was clear and succinct.'
Rehearsals are over! 'Through the Looking Glass (and what Alice found there)' opens on Monday!
I will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe in Traitor Theatre's production of 'Through the Looking Glass (and what Alice found there)' at the Spaces on North Bridge (15/08/2011 - 27/08/2011).
Here it is! The new website! I've just finished studying at The Arts Educational Schools, London with the Peter Glenville Scholarship for Entry into Drama School (University of Oxford).