After a month Iona managed to squeeze one smile out of the notorious clown master, Phillippe Gaulier - and she hasn’t looked back since.
All the way from sleepy Norfolk to living all over London - Iona’s lust for life and ‘idiot’ observations thus far - are the narrative of her stand-up content (and low self-esteem).
Her Shakespeare- inspired satirical stunt as Mrs Thatcher - and spouting the words of Lady M before getting smoke blown up her arse (literally) - opened her up to a new career possibility.
She now works as a highly energetic (and totally impartial) journalist - but fantasizes frequently about being the Speaker of the House of Commons...As a teenager, she pulled off two appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe- and hasn’t been the same since.
Acting, modelling, physical clowning, characterisation, improvisation, Shakespeare, political satire, devising, writing, broadcasting, voice-overs, interviewing, news reading, social media, video editing, yoga, running, live reporting and cartoon drawing.
Taking risks and getting out of my comfort zone. Proud protector of a banana bread recipe. Ritualistically relaxing with Eastenders and raising money for charities by kayaking 236 miles or swimming the Solent.
Broadcast Journalist at Isle of Wight Radio (2019 - present day)
Breakfast newsreader at More Radio, Sussex (2020 - present day)
Breakfast newsreader at Radio Jackie, London (2016- 2019)
E’cole Philippe Gaulier - clown school, E’tampes, France (2017)
First Class Degree Music and World Performance, East 15 Acting School (2014- 2017)
Southend Fringe - Clown number (2017 and 2016)
Production ‘runner’ for Working Title Films (2016)
Acting Diploma, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2015 - 2016)
Acting Foundation, Oxford School of Drama (2015-2016)
Edinburgh Fringe (2013 and 2014)
Stand up, Mirth Control, Farnham (May 2021)
Stand up, Mirth Control, Isle of Wight (June 2021)
Political satire sket, Ventnor Fringe (August 2021)
Comedian and Founder of Mirth Control Comedy, Geoff Whiting said:
“Iona is impulsive, well-spoken and simply a pocket rocket. She has a surprisingly fierce, feisty spirit - accompanied by a fast-paced rhythm. Iona is effortlessly charming and undoubtedly different. She’s destined for the stage.”