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.
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.
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!
I sat down at the piano yesterday morning, and this is what happened. Enjoy!
Home after a wonderful month at the Edinburgh Fringe!
- Quite Nice Theatre’s Snakes: The Musical
- The Showstoppers Improvised Musical Theatre
- Smooth Faced Gentlemen’s Titus Andronicus
- 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!).
All this month I’m MD’ing A Theory of Justice: The Musical! at the Edinburgh Fringe. This is a show I co-wrote, orchestrated and originally MD’ed in Oxford in February, where we received sell-out performances and very kind reviews.
Come and watch the show if you’re around! Click here for more info.
If you head over to inhereyesmusical.com, you can now have a listen to some extracts from the show. (You can also listen below.) Do let me know what you think!
I write this just two days after IN HER EYES, my ‘chamber musical’ finished its original run at Jersey College for Girls. The show was written over a crazy ten-day period during my university term, and was entirely rehearsed over a two-week period, featuring students from Jersey College for Girls, Victoria College and Oxford University. This production was directed by Lucy Fielding, and musically directed by me.
This has been an incredible fun fortnight, with last minute orchestrations and cast alterations meaning that no-one was allowed to stay comfortable for too long, which can only be a good thing! The response to the show was very positive, and I am confident that this is not the end of IN HER EYES.
The show has a new website: http://www.inhereyesmusical.com where you can view photos, audio and video (soon!) from the production, and register interest in mounting your own performance of the show.
I’m incredibly proud of what all the students achieved with this show, and do watch this space for more IN HER EYES information.