A versatile performer with more than 25 years experience, Allison has worked across music theatre, opera, cabaret, drama and concert work and has made several recordings. She has performed throughout Australia, Europe and Asia and has been involved in festivals worldwide, including Edinburgh Fringe, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Ten Days on the Island, Festival of Voices, MONAFOMA and TasPride.
A classically trained soprano, Allison has played roles including Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Lily in The Secret Garden, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Cosette in Les Miserables, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Claudia in Nine, Judy/Ginger in Ruthless! The Musical and Sylvia in the world premiere of For the Term of His Natural Life, for which she also features on the original cast recording.
Allison’s own one-woman cabarets I’m a Stranger Here Myself: the Songs of Kurt Weill, In the Still of the Night: an evening with Cole Porter and Dumb Blonde: the genius of Dolly Parton have played to popular and critical acclaim. She released an album of Kurt Weill songs in 2006. In 2013 she co-produced a solo jazz show Spring Fever: Allison Farrow with Kelly Ottaway and band with the Theatre Royal, Hobart.
A regular performer for Hobart’s Festival of Voices for many years, Allison has produced and performed shows including Escape and Arrival (2012), Farrow, Farrow & Farrow: We Are Family (performed with her brother Scott & his wife Nicole in 2012), Afternoon at the Ritz/Hadley’s Royal Tea with Andrew Short; Sing a Rainbow (2016), Rhymes My Nanna Taught Me (2017) and More Rhymes My Nanna Taught Me (2018).
Allison enjoys entertaining children and their families. She provided the voice for ‘Betty Bug’ in Blue Rocket’s animated television series Buzz Bumble and features regularly with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, narrating/singing for Little Red Riding Hood in 2014, Maximus Musicus Visits the Orchestra in 2015 and The Tale of Gibson in 2016.
Allison performs regularly with her jazz quintet Allison Farrow & Friends.