I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Les Miserables original cast album

The original cast album for Les Miserables was due to end and the cast were no longer going to get any royalties, even though the album is still making plenty of money.  Although each actor still only gets a small amount, every little counts in this business.  I signed a petition about this.  I am so glad to hear today that the royalties are being reinstated and a new agreement is being drawn up!

Here is a link to Mark Shenton's Blog which explains the whole story.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Research and Development Grant - first meeting

"I want to capture every moment..."

Now that we have our grant the real work on the research and development of our new show has begun.

Last Tuesday Steve and I had a meeting with Stephanie Hay, the Programme and Projects Manager at Watford to discuss the business part of the workshop.

We have to confirm a showcase space in the centre of town as soon as possible and have also considered that perhaps we should have an extra day there - a get in day.  This makes a lot of sense but of course will cost more.

We also decided that we needed to raise a bit more money for the workshop and so I have set up a We Fund site.  I will put up more about this as soon as it is completely sorted out.  There have been some problems over the little video I created.  I have no idea whether this will actually work but do know others who have used "We Fund" and it worked brilliantly - like Dougal Irvine, who raised funds to create his musical theatre album.

I have drawn up a comprehensive list of all our contacts for the show and will be sending them off to Stephanie because she will be handling the invitations side of things now.

We will be having meetings with Brigid Larmour the Artistic Director of the Palace, (who is going to be directing), at the end of Feb and beginning of March, for a few sessions to discuss the creative side of the work.  In the meantime I am working on further re-writes of the libretto and Steve and I have started another song that has been in my mind for some time.

The workshop reading will be private and by invitation only but experience with the Possessed readings tells me that you have to invite a lot more people than you actually think will come.

It is strange that once you have the grant everything moves into another realm, what once seemed almost impossible starts to become possible.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Little Women at the Lost Theatre

"Little Women has to be one of the best new musicals to arrive on the London Fringe in 2011" - The Stage

I had a really enjoyable night at Little Women at the Lost Theatre, in Stockwell, last night!  There are only a few more days of the show left (it finishes on 7th January) so you will have to be quick if you want to catch it.  It was a full house the night I went and for a 180 seater fringe venue I was very impressed.

This well loved novel is by Louisa May Alcott and the libretto written by Peter Layton with music and lyrics by Lionel Segal.  It was directed by Nicola Samer.

Little Women was produced by Skye Crawford and Samuel Julyan.  Skye is the brilliant new Australian producer I met at our showcase at the Royal Academy in 2010.

There were some excellent performances in the show especially Claire Chambers deeply loveable portrayal of sensible Meg and Laura Hope London's  brave Beth - who are both Central School graduates I met at the BML Workshop.  I was also very impressed with Glenn Lloyd as Seamus, Beth's young suitor.

This is a really 'feel good' show and very faithfully based on Alcott's book.

Little Women cast on stage

The link to the Lost Theatre Website is here and to book tickets here