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

Monday, 23 September 2013

S & S Awards Night at the St James Theatre

SUNDAY, NOV 24TH 19:00 - 22:30

We are delighted to announce that the winner, four special commendations, each of whom narrowly missed winning the main prize, and two runners-up for the S&S Award 2013 are as follows:

FOREST BOY: Book, music & lyrics by Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour
THE ATTIC: Book, music & lyrics by Mark Carroll
COUNSELLING MR TOAD: Book, music & lyrics by Andrew Brinded
POSSESSED: Book & lyrics by Teresa Howard, music by Steven Edis
THE STATIONMASTER: Book by Susannah Pearse, music & lyrics by Tim Connor
THE QUEEN OF SNOW: Book & lyrics by Jen Toksvig and music by Alexander Rudd
BETWEEN EMPIRES: Book & lyrics by Morgan Mackintosh & Orlando Simon, music by Michail Palaiologou

This is the second year of the Award and this year’s winner will receive a week’s development with a professional creative team next year, followed by an industry showcase later in 2014.

In addition, there will also be an Awards Event on the evening of Sunday 24th November 2013 at the St James Theatre, London where the Award itself will be formally presented along with excerpts from the winning show, as well as a selection of songs from the specially commended and runners-up.

Go to this link on the MMD Website to find out more information:   S & S Awards 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Writing Lab on a roll with the S & S Award!!

 Charles Hart with the winners and runners-up of the Sidney Brown Memorial Award 2012, l to r; Christine Denniston, Gwyneth Herbert, Charles Hart, Denise Wright and Chris Burgess
The Sidney Brown memorial Award has been re-named the S & S Award.  This year the winners were Scott Gilmore and Claire McKenzie with their musical FOREST BOY, which had a production at the Edinburgh Festival this summer with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

I am really excited to say that there were four Specially Commended shows and my Pre-Raphaelite musical POSSESSED, with beautiful music by Steven Edis, was one of them, plus two runners up.    POSSESSED tells the story of Jane Burden a young girl from the backstreets of Oxford whose life is changed irrevocably by a chance meeting with artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Persephone by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Songs from all these shows are going to be sung in Cabaret at the beautiful brand new St James Theatre on 24th November, produced by Mercury Musical Developments.  I went to see Trisha Thorns wonderful production of London Wall here and I have to say it has a great bar!

St James Theatre

The really interesting part of this is that three of the shows were by other members of my fantastic Writing Lab: Tim Connor, Susannah Pearce, Jenny Toksvig and Andrew Brinded.  So I am overjoyed to find that on the cabaret night I will be surrounded by colleagues I have chewed the fat with and spent exciting hours giving and getting feedback on work.

Christine Denniston, the leader of the Lab Workshop, was herself one of the Runners Up for the Award last year.   I am sure Christine will be extremely pleased to discover that her Workshop writers will be taking pride of place at the St James cabaret on 24th November!