BEAM 2018 new musicals showcase – ‘pitch days’ to start in September

Writers with ideas for new musical projects are being offered the chance to pitch their work for inclusion in BEAM 2018, the biennial industry showcase organisd by Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments.

Presented in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East, and culminating in a two-day industry showcase at the London venue in March next year, BEAM will begin with 15 ‘Pitch Days’ held across the country.

Beginning on 30 September in Cardiff, the Pitch Days will involve the company travelling to cities including Leicester, Glasgow, Dundee, Gateshead, Ipswich, London, Watford, Leeds, Southampton and Manchester in search of the most promising new musicals in development.

Following on from its successful inaugural event at London’s Park Theatre last year, BEAM 2018 on 1 and 2 March will provide a platform for aspiring and established musical theatre professionals to reach producers, venues and anyone with the resources to develop and stage shows.

Commenting on the event, executive director of Mercury Musical Developments, Victoria Saxton, said: “Showcases like BEAM are vital for writers of new musical theatre to get their work in front of the right people.

“There is a perception that new, innovative musicals are born in America but as BEAM 2016 demonstrated there is enough exceptional new work in the UK to fill theatres twice over.

BEAM 2016 was an enormous success, over two thirds of work presented went on to be workshopped, produced or commissioned and led to other opportunities for the writers. BEAM 2018 is going to be even bigger and better. We can’t wait to show the industry the talent we have here in the UK.”

Musical Theatre Network’s executive director, James Hadley, added: ‘‘BEAM was developed to meet the industry’s need for a more efficient way of producers finding the new musical theatre projects they’ll want to help achieve their potential and reach audiences.

“The new musical theatre landscape is like an iceberg – most musicals take around five years to develop, so the vast majority are below the surface for years. As a result, we found most in the industry are only aware of a small percentage of the talented writers seeking to bring their musicals up to the surface, and BEAM is our way of changing that.’’

For further information and Pitch Day locations and dates go to www.beamshowcase.com to apply before 25 September.

Angela Thomas

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