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
- 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!).