Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.
E. Y. Harburg
Musical Theatre is a complex, thrilling and subtle art. A musical combines many forms of story-telling, even the simplest show might involve not just music and lyrics, but dance, light, design, sound and movement. So, it has a unique ability to astonish and delight. It can open eyes and change minds and stay in the memory. It can bring an audience together but understands every individual member. It is immediate and contemporary. It captures the moment.
But writing a musical is hard – really hard; a fact which is not often appreciated by those outside the industry.
So our mission is simple: to help our writers write their best possible musical.
We want to see our members at the forefront of new writing – ensuring the UK continues to be the home of excellent and innovative musical theatre.
MMD is uniquely placed to do this. It’s a place to meet others who understand the triumphs, the joys, the difficulties and the frustrations inherent in writing a musical. It’s the place to find the oxygen of a new approach, another direction. It’s a forum to discuss and compare different styles. It’s a school where you can listen to the greatest practitioners talk about their experiences. It’s a community where you can find a writing partner, a collaborator. It’s a workshop where – through a range of activities – you can get constructive feedback and advice and discover your best ever work. It’s a gateway to the world of production through showcases and readings. It discovers and encourages talent.
The ancient world valued the gymnasium as a place to exercise and develop skills, to debate and disagree, to learn and observe. MMD aims to provide a gymnasium for creators of musical theatre – a place as diverse and welcoming as musicals themselves.
Collaboration, Innovation, Diversity, Excellence, Honesty, Inclusivity, Hard Work, Bravery.