LEEWAY PRODUCTIONS, WALES’S LEADING MUSICAL THEATRE INNOVATORS, TEAM UP WITH
QUEENS THEATRE HORNCHURCH TO GIVE ESSEX AUDIENCES A GLIMPSE INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OF FIVE NEW MUSICALS WITH EXCITING DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, 10 MINUTE MUSICALS .
Following Leeway’s successful projects back home in Wales, their latest 10 Minute Musicals project culminates in a public performance on October 2nd, when five authors and five composers will present five brand new ideas for musicals at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.
The company is on a mission to find writers and composers to create new musical theatre in Essex, and following a few weeks of learning, creating, collaborating and grafting, the finale will be a fabulous sharing of work and discussions about the art form. The focus on the evening will be having fun and discovering something new in a relaxed, informal performance.
As well as bringing some incredible talent from over the border in Wales, Leeway Productions along with Queen’s Theatre are delighted to be working with Andrew Linham and Andrew Shore who have been teamed up for the very first time. Both writer and composer live within a stone’s throw of the theatre, an element of this project which is vital to its success.
Composer Andrew Linham says: “I’ve worked with the Queens Learning and Participation Department since 2013 being an MD, composer and arranger for a variety of their Cut2 and TIE shows. I recently co-wrote QYouth’s first full-length bespoke musical – an adaption of ‘The Wind In The Willows’ to celebrate 25 years of their Youth Theatre. I’m very used to working with creatives from London so some fresh over the border perspective will be interesting to see how the creative process may differ in a different country! I’m hoping to pick up some new tips and tricks! Any collaboration on a creative endeavour is to the benefit of the piece, be it music or theatre or any art form as each person has their own unique view of the world. The opportunity to combine thoughts and ideas with other creatives breathes new life into old ideas and challenges new ones and hopefully makes for some exciting new musical theatre!”.
The two Andrews will be joined by writers and performers from Wales to present ideas and extracts for a total of five new musicals. Angharad Lee of Leeway Productions said that the project could not have happened without the support of key organisations throughout Wales and of course Queen’s Theatre itself.
Writer Andy Shore adds: “Not having worked on a musical before this is a very exciting challenge with a tight dead line. This project offers the chance to think on my feet creatively, and work with new artists that I would not normally have the chance to collaborate with. This is allowing me to push myself as a writer in new directions and find new ways of working with others. Bringing together people, from across disciplines, regions, countries and cultures is essential to opening up theatre and making it a space for all both on and off stage. Reaching across the borders takes creatives out of our comfort zones and allows us to present new audiences we might never have the chance to create for, with exciting new work.”
10 Minute Musicals will be at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, October 2nd at 8pm and is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased from the venue and at www.queens-theatre.co.uk/whatson/show/10-minute-musicals/