Jo has a new voice agent: Katie Matthews at ICanTalk Ltd. See ‘voice clips’ page...

Jo is playing all three of Harold's unfortunate dates in 'Harold and Maude' at the Charing Cross Theatre, starring Sheila Hancock and directed by Thom Southerland. Till March 31st.

Autumn 2016:
Jo played Evelyn Nesbit in Thom Southerland's production of 'Ragtime' at the Charing Cross Theatre, and was a finalist in the Best Supporting Actress category of the Off West End Awards. 

After making her Queen's Hornchurch debut as eccentric German air stewardess Gretchen in 'Boeing Boeing' earlier this year, Jo returned to play Mrs Kendal in 'The Elephant Man'.
'The interplay between Cornish and Joanna Hickman's refreshingly pragmatic Mrs Kendal are perhaps the most satisfying elements of this production.' Paul Vale, The Stage
'Joanna Hickman stands out in an impressive double role....Outstanding *****' The Public Reviews

As Gretchen, with Megan Leigh Mason as Bertha in 'Boeing Boeing'  
In other news, here is a teaser for short film 'The Quickening' , in which Jo plays Lucy Taylor, a woman incarcerated for killing her boyfriend.


In December, Jo played Dinarzad, Amina, Parizade and many other roles in 'Arabian Nights' at the Sherman Theatre Cymru in Cardiff, directed by Rachel O'Riordan, with music by Simon Slater.  

Playing Kasim's wife, with Pete Ashmore as Mr Kasim.

Amina, 'the wife who wouldn't eat' 
In September and October, Jo played Phebe in a production of 'As You Like It' at the Southwark Playhouse, directed by Derek Bond.  She also took on the role of Resident Musical Director, working with Jude Obermuller's score.

With Samuel Townsend as Silvius

The beginning of the year was all about workshops, recordings and a foray into the film world. 
In February, Jo had the honour of performing in the show which went on to win the Perfect Pitch award: a prize given to musical theatre writers.  The winners were Chris Bush and Matthew Winkworth, who showcased a small section of their musical-in-progress 'Odd' (a contemporary adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, seen through the eyes of a teenage girl and narrated with the help the inmates of a prison on the Isle of Dogs).  Jo played inmate Helen, alongside CJ Johnson, Greg Last and Gary Mitchinson, and a recording of the winning song should be available soon.

Then, in the spring she played Lucy Taylor, a woman incarcerated for killing her boyfriend, in neo noir thriller 'The Quickening' and also appeared in a short film entitled 'Moving Subject' about a man trying to paint an unsuspecting woman he regularly sees on the street outside his window, frustrated by her tendency to move. 


With Poppy Tierney and Tiffany Graves 
In the summer, Jo played repressed cello teacher turned witch Jane Smart in Craig Revel Horwood's sell-out production of 'The Witches of Eastwick' at the Watermill alongside Tiffany Graves, Poppy Tierney, Alex Bourne and Rosemary Ashe.  In doing so, she became the first Jane to actually play the cello live whilst singing (and doing various other things - the Daily Mail called her 'gloriously immodest'!).  The production was nominated for several Whatsonstage awards. 
This was her fourth Watermill production, having played Johanna in the Tony award-winning production of 'Sweeney Todd', Beth in 'Merrily we Roll Along' ('Joanna Hickman's sweetly trusting Beth turns spiteful, agonised avenger in the wake of Frank's infidelity', The Times) and Fanchette in Beaumarchais's 'The Marriage of Figaro' (the play that inspired the Mozart opera).   

Earlier in the year, Jo played Matty Crompton in a critically acclaimed run of' 'Angels and Insects' at York Theatre Royal.  This was a two-hander adaptation of A S Byatt's novella 'Morpho Eugenia', a Victorian drama adapted and directed by Juliet Forster, with Jonathan Race playing William.  It was a collaboration with Useful Donkey, described as 'exquisite' (York Mix), 'quietly intelligent, quietly tempestuous' (York Press), 'intellectually satisfying' (Easingwold Advertiser), 'enthralling' (British Theatre Guide),  'beautifully crafted' (Northern Echo), 'pitch perfect' (ReviewsGate) and 'an intelligent study into love, lust, fulfilment and the quest for happiness' (OneandOther).  It will hopefully return for a tour in autumn 2015.

Jo performed at Salisbury Playhouse in 'Spread a little Happiness', a charming revue featuring four performers and celebrating 100 years of British musical theatre.  See whatsonstage for a lovely review.  The show also featured her playing the double bass - very much a new skill at the time! 

Proof that hard work (or the ability to sightsing) pays off: Jo was cast in the ensemble for a staged reading of new musical 'Woman of Light' (the story of Mary Magdalene) to be performed after a week's rehearsal.  Two days in, she was upgraded to play Magdalene herself.   

Woman of Light staged reading, Charing Cross Theatre

In July, Jo workshopped and played the role of Tess in a new musical adaptation of 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' by Alex Loveless in a showcase performance for Mercury Musicals at the Union Theatre.  It has since enjoyed a successful run at the Wimbledon Theatre Studio.