New musical theatre writing showcased in Under Construction at St James Theatre

1416840189Three new musicals will benefit from a week of development workshops, culminating in a public showcase at the St James Studio on 27 March 2015, thanks to FTG Productions’ initiative Under Construction.

Fisher Taylor-Gaunt Productions sent out a call for submissions last year to musical theatre writers up and down the country. They received more than 50 musical submissions and chose the three that they thought would benefit the most from this unique and invaluable opportunity.

Alfred Taylor-Gaunt, producer for FTG Productions, says: “What we have created with Under Construction is an essential platform in the pre-production process that provides writers with crucial expert advice and public audience feedback.”

The three shows chosen are:

One Way Ticket, written by Daniel Sturman and R.C. Staab, directed by Luke Fredericks.

The Suicide Shop, written by Freya Catrin Smith and Jack Williams, directed by Nicola Samer.

The Sorrows of Satan, written by Luke Bateman and Michael Conley, directed by Adam Lenson.

There will also be songs featured by other British musical theatre writers: Frost and Hough, Danny Davies and Laura Kaye Thompson.

Fisher Taylor-Gaunt Productions, formed by Joel Fisher (artistic director) and Alfred Taylor-Gaunt (producer), seeks to nurture and develop original British musical theatre. The aim is to rejuvenate the industry by creating more opportunities for artists across the UK. FTG Productions intends to spark an industrial change in British musical theatre by emphasising strong collaborative relationships early on in the development process. Under Construction is the first step on that journey.


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