Time to put on my ‘arranger’s hat’ on again, for The MTA’s annual revue. As ever a challenge…and as ever one that I’ll be determined to overcome. It’s like my annual musician’s marathon arranging this beast, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. All nighters…here I come
22nd Jan 2017
Back in 2010 Nick Stimson and myself wrote a show that we were always particularly proud of – Dangerous Daughters. Initially workshopped by Perfect Pitch, and then further developed by us…the show tells the amazing story of the Pankhurst family, and how their fight for women’s rights, in particular the infamous Suffragette movement moved a country forward, but tore a family apart. 7 years later, and about to be published by French’s I’m thrilled to say that The MTA will be producing the premiere of the finished show this September (15th-18th) down at the Bridewell. Even more excited to say that it will be directed by the amazing Racky Plews, who has believed in the show since she first started working on it a few years ago. As the show was originally commissioned by The MTA – a percentage of all future royalties from this show will go directly to The MTA Student Hardship Fund (in line with all The MTA commissioned shows). So book early, get your groups to do it…as a) it’s an amazing way to teach the upcoming generations about how ‘we’ as women actually fought to get the vote and b) every production will be directly benefitting The MTA’s charity.
2016. . . The Summary
The biggest news of all is . . . welcome to my new website!
2016 has been completely manic, between running The MTA, writing, arranging and MD’ing’ shows (both old and new), and running the #time4change Mental Health campaign.
To summarise though, I wrote one new panto (Robinson Crusoe) – which plays at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre in December, worked up a couple of songs for The Greater Game, which played down at the Southwark Playhouse, arranged the annual SOSN (that’ll be just the 27 numbers all re-arranged for a cast of 40 and a 6 piece band), completely rearranged Around the World in 80 Days, for a steampunk revival, which was a co-production between The MTA and the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton. Finally got around to recording the backing tracks for the show (which are now available to hire for productions). . . and in between kept up my cabaret life with several visits down to West End Wendies.
Rather excitingly Samuel French have agreed to publish Dangerous Daughters – which we’re currently re-writing in anticipation for it’s next outing which will be in September 2017 under the watchful eye of multi award winning director Racky Plews.
Christmas will be spent starting the arrangements for SOSN 2017.
As an act of utter procrastination I’ve also started my own blog, which allows me the occasional platform to muse about life and the universe. Please do drop buy and check it out.
See also my new ‘shop’ page – full of musical goodies such as audition songs, backing tracks, and note bash tracks.