Curve Leicester Resident Composer Announced

August 21st, 2017

Mercury Musical Developments, Musical Theatre Network & Curve, Leicester, are delighted to announce that Tasha Taylor Johnson will be The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at Curve, commencing in late 2017.

I’m so thrilled to have been given this amazing opportunity by the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme and to have such an innovative creative team put their faith in me for the next 6 months at Curve, Leicester. I will be knuckling down to some good old fashioned graft and can’t wait to be part of making the magic!” – Tasha Taylor Johnson, Composer

“We are thrilled Tasha Taylor Johnson will be our Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer here at Curve. Tasha blew us away with her verve, passion and musical expertise. Like us, Tasha has an eye on creating theatre which engages new and diverse audiences, exploring boundary-busting ways to create work.

“In a talented field of candidates, Tasha excelled and it’s a delight to welcome her to our team. We couldn’t be more grateful to Cameron Mackintosh for this scheme and his ongoing support of our work here in Leicester.” – Chris Stafford, Chief Executive and Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director at Curve

Through this scheme musical theatre composers are paired with a venue, and given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work which could include underscoring plays, setting text to music or creating their own piece of new work. Recent venues have included West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic, the Mercury, Colchester and New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. Tasha Taylor Johnson is the fourth of five placements that MTN and MMD will be facilitating over 2015-18 thanks to the generosity of the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation.

James Hadley                                                               Victoria Saxton

Executive Director, MTN                                           Executive Director, MMD

www.musicaltheatrenetwork.com                      www.mercurymusicals.com

 

Tasha Taylor Johnson is an emerging composer/lyricist and writer in the UK musical theatre scene. She’s been tipped as ‘one to watch’ and her work ‘Different, fresh and original’ by award winning composers Richard Thomas (‘Jerry Springer the Opera’) and Grant Olding (‘One Man, Two Guv’nors’). Tasha’s most recent musical, ‘Cult!’, has been selected for inclusion in musical theatre festival ‘From Page to Stage’ at The Other Palace this summer. Her long time collaboration with Olivier award winner Drew McOnie and company has produced ‘Good Morning Midnight’ (Jermyn Street Theatre), ‘A Ballet with Love’ (Royal Albert Hall) and ‘Shine’ (Sadlers Wells). Other works include ‘The Journey Song’ (National Youth Ballet), ‘Claire Voyant’ (The Other Palace) and ‘Pickled’ (Central School of Speech and Drama). She is an established solo artist, having toured the UK and played both Latitude and Wireless festivals after releasing her EP ‘Feed Your Ego’. For more information visit tashataylorjohnson.com

Mercury Musical Developments is a not-for-profit membership organisation that is dedicated to nurturing new musical theatre writing. Our membership of over 400 bookwriters, lyricists and librettist have access to a range of development and showcasing initiatives including seminars, masterclasses and professional residencies and Writers Labs designed to further their craft and career. We actively seek out commissions, build professional networks and are ambassadors on behalf of all our members. At MMD our aim is to support and represent the writers who are shaping the future of British musical theatre. To find out more about MMD go to www.mercurymusicals.com or contact victoria@mercurymusicals.co.uk

Musical Theatre Network is a not-for-profit membership organisation, bringing people and resources together to improve infrastructure and opportunities  for new musical theatre in the UK. Our membership is a national network of producers, theatre venues, directors, higher education organisations and others staging or developing musicals. In partnership with its members, MTN works to strengthen and diversify the new musical theatre sector nationwide, and so support development of the artform. To learn more about MTN visit www.musicaltheatrenetwork.com or contact James@musicaltheatrenetwork.com

Curve is a major producing theatre, creating compelling cultural experiences for all those who live, learn, visit and work in Leicester and Leicestershire. We use our unique home and talent to entertain, inspire and engage with a diverse audience and play a leading role in the development of our industry, our city and our global community. At the heart of this is the ambition to offer our local audiences world-class theatrical experiences (created under our Made at Curve banner).

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve is developing a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work and dance. All of this presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement and learning opportunities, which firmly places audiences and communities at the heart of everything Curve does.

We are a registered charity (number 230708) and this supports our work with people of all ages and backgrounds, enabling them to access, participate in and learn from the arts, nurturing new and emerging talent and creating outstanding, award-winning theatrical experiences.

Recent productions and co-productions Made At Curve include: Terry Johnson’s The Graduate (in collaboration with West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK tour); Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya (with The Royal Opera and London Philharmonic Orchestra, World Premiere & UK tour); Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw (& Theatre Royal Bath); Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey’s Grease (& for a limited season in Dubai); Dahl’s The Twits (& Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, Rose Theatre Kingston & UK tour); The Importance of Being Earnest (with Birmingham Rep); Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, in a new adaptation by Sam Holcroft (a co-production with Nuffield Theatres & on tour); our Community Company productions of Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone and Shakespeare’s Richard III; the Broadway musical Spring Awakening (with National Youth Music Theatre); Sister Act (& UK tour); Legally Blonde (& Daegu Opera Festival, South Korea – Winner Best Musical – Daegu International Musical Festival Awards); Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (& Haymarket Theatre, London & UK tour); Ishy Din’s Wipers (in collaboration with Belgrade Theatre Coventry & Watford Palace – Winner Asian Media Awards); Roald Dahl’s The Witches, adapted by David Wood (& Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, Rose Theatre Kingston,  UK tour & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire; Hairspray (& UK tour); Akram Khan’s Until the Lions (with Roundhouse, London) and Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical.