In Her Eyes and Semi-Monde

We had such a great time working on In Her Eyes earlier in the year, with the loveliest cast and crew one could ever hope for. As I said at the time, I’m hoping this is the beginning, not the end, of the show’s life, so watch this space for more information coming soon!

I also composed the score to Noel’s Coward Semi-Monde at the Oxford Playhouse, performed by a live jazz band on stage, which was great fun. The play is very rarely staged, but is very funny indeed.

Pictures and sound clips from both of these to follow.

In the meantime, university finals…!

IN HER EYES comes to Oxford!

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Burton Taylor Studio // 2nd Week // 9.30pm
28th Jan-1st Feb

Tickets can be purchased at
www.oxfordplayhouse.com/btsstudent
or visit
www.IHEmusical.com for more information.

As we see a young girl’s relationship turn sour, isolation, gossip and truth are questioned in this compelling new musical, written by student Toby Huelin.

Featuring a live band and an all-female cast, this is a dark musical without the ‘jazz hands’. Intimate and emotional, In Her Eyes asks the question of what happens when your life falls apart.

Cast

Freddie // Rachel Coll
Narrator // Ellen Timothy
Mother // Heather Young
Sasha // Sarah Mansfield
Laura // Claudia Freemantle
Emily // Georgia Figgis
Yasmin // Ellie Hicks

Crew

Director // Lucy Fielding
Musical Director // Michael Pandya
Marketing Manager // Mona Damian
Ass. Director // James Lorenz
Lighting Designer // Samuel Littley
Production Manager // Verity Hill

Check out this lovely preview from The Tab: http://oxford.tab.co.uk/2014/01/19/preview-in-her-eyes-a-new-musical/

‘In Her Eyes’ is coming to Oxford……Auditions now open!

Pluto Theatre are holding auditions for ‘In Her Eyes’, a new chamber musical written by Toby Huelin. We are bidding for the BT Studio for 2nd Week Hilary.

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We are looking for 8 actors (7F, 1M, all sung roles) to perform this intimate new work, fresh from its Channel Islands premiere over the summer. This is a chance to work closely with a Playhouse-experienced creative team on an exciting new musical: don’t miss out!

Auditions will take place on Thursday and Friday of 6th week. To book a slot, email IHEmusical@gmail.com stating your year, college and previous experience.

Visit www.IHEmusical.com for more information and to hear clips from the show.

November’s Projects

In the past few weeks I’ve been very busy MD’ing The Producers at the Oxford Playhouse, which I’m pleased to say was a great success and lots of people were very kind about!

Then, for something totally different, I wrote the score to a production of Edward Bond’s controversial play Saved, in a really intimate and arresting production last week.

Also, plans are in motion for an Oxford run of In Her Eyes in the new year, which I’m very excited about. Watch this space!

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September

Home after a wonderful month at the Edinburgh Fringe!

Highlights included…

- Quite Nice Theatre’s Snakes: The Musical

- The Showstoppers Improvised Musical Theatre

- Smooth Faced Gentlemen’s Titus Andronicus

- Philip Glass’s La Belle et la Bête

- Gaggle Babble’s The Bloody Ballad

I also managed to catch The Colour Purple at the Menier Chocolate Factory during our pre-Edinburgh rehearsal week in London. As well as being one of the most moving afternoons I’ve ever spent in a theatre, Cynthia Erivo as its lead has made me quite excited for her next (very different!) project: I Can’t Sing: The X Factor Musical. Although initially unimpressed (like most, I think), these songs are a very promising sign of things to come.

Now, September has become a month of composing… I wrote a short, ATOJTM-inspired(…!) string quartet which I started during the breaks in our tech rehearsal back at the very start of August. I’m trying to write a piece for choir at the moment, setting quotes by various contemporary figures, but it’s not quite coming together as I thought it might. Sometimes, I think that the pieces I write the quickest turn out better than the ones I spend lots of time planning and dwelling over… but we shall see. There is potentially the chance that this piece might get workshopped by the BBC Singers at some point next year, so I want to make sure it’s good!

I’m also writing the score for a production of Edward Bond’s Saved at the BT Studio in Oxford in November, and MD’ing Mel Brook’s The Producers at the Oxford Playhouse at the end of October, rehearsals for which are starting in a couple of weeks!

Otherwise, having a bit of a quieter time – seeing old friends and enjoying the Jersey sun (while it lasts!).