Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize 2020 Concert

May 22nd, 2020

Composers, lyricists and script writers need community support more than ever at this difficult time. You can give them access to a network of over 500 writers, well-being sessions, panel discussions, skills development and the latest funding opportunities. That’s why this year’s Stiles and Drewe Prize Concert is in aid of MMD’s ‘Keep Writing’ Fund, to help writers stay connected. Together, let’s raise the curtain on exciting new shows in development by helping writers keep going over the challenging months ahead.

Thinking outside the ‘box set’

Due to the unprecedented circumstances that we find ourselves in, together with the Stephen Sondheim Society, we have sadly agreed that we are unable to proceed with the usual Student Performer of the Year gala this year. However, we are determined that the song prize will go ahead – so, we have tried to be a little more creative in the way that the final songs will be showcased and celebrated.

With the support of our wonderful friends at MMD, we have decided to invite West End performers to video record themselves singing the finalist songs – which will then be presented as a virtual concert, to be streamed online at the beginning of July. We will be joined live online by five guest judges who will help us to decide which writer or writing team is awarded the £1,000. 

To make the event even more special for MMD writers this year, and without the SSSSPOTY limitation of 12 performers, we have 12 writing teams but extended the number of songs to 15. Nothing is as exciting as live performances in a theatre but we hope you agree that, with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, an MMD concert online will make for a suitably unprecedented event. 

We are extremely grateful to Joanne Benjamin and Clive Chenery of the Entertainment Business who are once again generously supporting the prize.

Thanks also to all the writers who submitted their work for consideration. It was an extremely difficult decision, but it is our great pleasure to announce this year’s finalists. Congratulations to :


Programme


I’m Your Guy’ by Amir Shoenfeld & Matthew Greene from Benny In Beta
Performed by Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar)

Ollie is a young working-class guy from Oakland working as a security guard at a San Francisco tech store. When the man he stopped from stealing an assistant drone turns out to be a robot named Benny on a mission of self-discovery, Ollie sees the potential for adventure and insists Benny could use an adventure buddy.

We were introduced through a mutual friend in 2018. After producing the debut album Desire Lines (Distiller Records 2015) for the artist Fictonian, Amir had recently decided to shift the focus of his career from pop music production to musical theatre songwriting and had just presented the initial idea for what would become Benny in Beta at BEAM2018 in London.
At the same time, Matthew was enjoying the successful runs of his plays Thousand Pines (Westport Country Playhouse, Austin Pendleton) and Good Standing (United Solo Festival, Theatre Row; New York City). Without ever having met in person, and before long-distance writing partnerships became an unavoidable necessity, we started developing the story of Benny the robot through a series of transatlantic video calls.
In early 2019, Self-Checkout, a song from an earlier stage of our show’s creation, was nominated for the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize 2019. Later that year, Amir boarded a plane and spent several months in NYC where we got to meet in person for the first time and had the privilege of being mentored by the legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, culminating in a table reading of the first act of Benny in Beta in December 2019.


Sparks’ by Freya Smith & Jack Williams from The Limit
Performed by Lauren Samuels (Bend It Like Beckham)

Forgotten by history, and plagiarised by her male counterparts, Sophie Germain was a self-taught maths prodigy who made significant advancements in elasticity and number theory. Growing up in 18th century revolutionary France, Sophie was barred formal education due to her gender. In the song Sparks, she sneaks into her father’s library late at night and excitedly peruses the books there, beginning a lifelong love affair with the pursuit of scientific knowledge.

We are Freya and Jack, award-winning Welsh musical theatre writers and founders of Bottle Cap Theatre. We first met at school aged 11 (in maths class!) and started writing music together as teenagers.
Our first piece, song-cycle PART A, sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2018-19, we returned to our mathematical roots, and wrote THE LIMIT, which tells the story of forgotten maths genius Sophie Germain, and her battle for recognition in revolutionary Paris. The show premiered at VAULT Festival 2019 and won VAULT’s Outstanding New Work award and the People’s Choice award. 
We followed this up with RIDE (2020), an all-female two-hander about Annie Londonderry, the first woman to cycle around the world in 1894-5. We meet Annie in 1895, after she has returned from her cycle, as she pitches her story to the New York World, in the hope of securing a regular column. The show debuted at VAULT Festival 2020, receiving VAULT’s Show of the Week Award, five star reviews and an Offies’ OFFCOM commendation. 
Both THE LIMIT and RIDE are currently in development, and we have just started writing a new ensemble all-female show set in a girls’ boarding school. @WeAreBottleCap 


Home’ by Jonathan O’Neill & Issac Savage from Windows in the West
Performed by Louise Dearman (Wicked)

Home is our finale in a short musical about relationship to place. It sees a mother explaining to her daughter that home isn’t about where you grow up or how big a place is, but is about your relationship to it: If you fill a house with memories and people that you care about, it will feel as warm as your childhood home, and your family will always be there to guide you in your mind even after they’re gone.

We met nearly three years when we both began our training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We began collaborating and writing at the end of their first year, and since then have worked together to produce material for various devised projects and commissions.
At the beginning of 2019, we started work on our first full show, entitled ‘Tanya: A New Musical’, which was workshopped and performed as part of Bridge Week at the conservatoire later that year. In August 2019, our song ‘Home’ was chosen to feature in an original song cycle at the New York Musical Festival.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we founded ‘Make Your Own Musicals’, a company designed to keep children active and creative during lockdown and beyond. We provide young people with activity packs that allow them to write, rehearse and perform their own musicals right at home. We are absolutely thrilled to have our songs shortlisted for the Stiles & Drewe Best Song Competition and are honoured as new writers to have our works performed by such incredible performers.
We’d like to take this time to personally thank George and Ants as well as MMD for this amazing opportunity.


My First Ex-Boyfriend’ by Richard Marsh, Miranda Cooper & Nick Coler from Son of Rambow
Performed by Natalie Paris (SIX)

My First Ex-Boyfriend is an 80s heartbreak song, the soundtrack to the John Hughes movie in your head.

Miranda Cooper (music & lyrics) and Nick Coler (music) met in 2000, when we were both part of the pop hit factory Xenomania, writing over 30 top 10 hits for artists such as Girls Aloud, the Sugababes, Kylie, Pet Shop Boys and Alesha Dixon, to name a few! We began working with Richard Marsh (book & lyrics) on Son of Rambow back in 2013 at the encouragement of Sam Hodges. After many twists, turns and children, Son of Rambow came to The Other Palace in a workshop production in summer 2018. This was so successful we did extensive rewrites, with huge help from Sarah Dickenson, which led to My First Ex-Boyfriend being born in Miranda’s kitchen over bagels and coffee. All of us love the Son of Rambow film, but one of the pleasures of adapting it has been the chance to think more about the female characters. Tina (who sings My First Ex-Boyfriend) is a character we’ve invented for the show and is moved to sing the song when her boyfriend acts like a bit of a dick.  
We’re very happy Natalie is singing the song tonight and we are proud to be shortlisted for a musical theatre award just when nobody can go to the theatre. Good luck to everyone – here’s to a fantastic night! 


Colour’ by Charli Eglinton from Colours
Performed by Fra Fee (The Ferryman)

19th Century English Captain, Cassidy Faye, realises he’s falling in love with the last princess of Ireland, Aedan Cara. Having come with his men to conquer her long-lost island, she opens his eyes and sees his potential for good, transforming his regimented, black and white perspective on life into colour.

I am a 20 year-old, one person creative team, devising new, original musical theatre (concept, book, music and lyrics) and have written four original musicals to date. 
‘8 – A Steampunk Opera’ blends musical theatre and opera with a steampunk, mafia twist, which debuted in a sold-out run at The Other Palace Theatre in summer 2019, in conjunction with the Tete A Tete Opera Festival. The show then had a sold out performance at the world’s largest Steampunk festival in Lincoln! 
‘Eternally Yours’, fuses Manga and traditional Japanese folklore with a Hard-Boiled Noir style detective mystery, paired with an electric, original J-Rock score.  
‘Colours’ entwines long lost Irish culture and mythology with 19th Century Romanticism in a tragic love story of the Last Princess of Ireland and the young English captain, torn between his heart and his duty. Earlier this year, a song from each of these 3 shows featured in the 2020 NMI New Voices Project showcase, celebrating new musical theatre writing in under 25s (I was one of four international winners). 
Then ‘Fallen’, finished just in April, tells the forgotten, incredible true story of 17th Century scientist, Robert Hooke, whose bitter rivalry with Isaac Newton saw his legacy erased from history for 300 years, with an original Math-rock score juxtaposing the Baroque context. 
I am now working on my fifth original musical ‘Flawed’. 


Heaven Can Wait’ by Julian Woolford & Richard John from The Devil’s Advocate
Performed by Maiya Quansah-Breed (SIX)

Heaven Can Wait from The Devil’s Advocate (based on the novel and movie of the same name) is a secular hymn of praise that subverts religious imagery to find a new way of saying ‘I love you’.

We met in Australia sometime last century and started writing musicals together. Among our shows are ‘The Railway Children’, ‘Wind In The Willows’, ‘The Teddy Bears’ Picnic’, ‘Comrade Rockstar’ and ‘The Devil’s Advocate’. ‘The Railway Children’ premiered at Sevenoaks Playhouse, is published by Samuel French, with a cast album on the JAY label and has had more than 100 productions right across the world, including Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Bermuda. Both ‘The Railway Children’ and our children’s musical ‘The Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ have had national tours. 
Our first musical, ‘Wind In The Willows’ premiered at Sevenoaks and has a planned new production to open when lockdown ends. We wrote the online musical ‘Terminal Four Play’ as part of the Theatre 503 Urban Scrawl project, and it later played at the Latitude Festival. 
Our new version of Lionel Bart’s ‘Twang!!’ played at the Union Theatre and is published by MTI and we wrote four songs for the English Theatre of Hamburg’s production of ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’. Our new musicals, ‘Comrade Rockstar’ about the life of Dean Reed and ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ based on the novel and movie starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino are in pre-production and we are currently working on a new musical ‘Logical Family’.
Julian is Head of Musical Theatre at GSA and the author of ‘How Musicals Work’. He has written many plays which have been produced worldwide. Richard is currently musical director of Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’.


Bottle It’ by Jonathan O’Neill & Isaac Savage from Tanya: A New Musical
Performed by Lizzie Bea (Hairspray)
See above for Jonathan and Issac’s details

Bottle It is our ‘I want’ song from ‘Tanya: A New Musical’, which follows the story of Tanya, who desperately wants to fit in with the other stereotypically fake-tanned, glam Essex girls. Due to her job as a bottler in a tanning factory, she has permanently stained hands which makes her paleness even more obvious. When she has to deliver a message to her crush, Brad, she puts on a face mask to hide her paleness and he only sees her super fake-tanned hands, causing him fall head over heels in love with her. Returning back to work she finds a love letter from Brad stuffed in one of the tan bottles and becomes extremely excited, dreaming about a future life with Brad, but having to repeatedly tell herself to calm down and ‘bottle’ her feelings, eventually worrying about what will happen when Brad finds out about her true self.


Broken Guitar’ by Meg McGrady & Zoe Morris from The Phase
Performed by Alex Thomas-Smith (Dear Evan Hansen)

Broken Guitar is a song about growing up trans and forgiving your own ignorance.

So we are Morris and McGrady aka Zoe (she/her) and Meg (they/them). We first met at Book, Music and Lyrics back in 2018 when we were paired up for our first writing assignment. I think we were both terrified, being the youngest in the room, but our music and lyrics instantly clicked together.  
When Meg first pitched the idea for the Phase we never would have guessed that the show would make it through to the finals for BYMT’s New Music Theatre award, that we would get selected for BEAM, or that we would get to showcase our new songs at events like SIGNAL, All That Scratch, and Shook. Heck, if you told us we would be TikTok viral we would not have believed you in a million years but we are so excited to see the young community that is building around this show. 


Juliet Kind Of Love’ by Victoria Saxton & Charles Miller from Marriage a la Mode
Performed by Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins)

Don’t we all secretly want a Romeo & Juliet kind of love – without the death bit? Juliet Kind of Love is from our musical Marriage a la Mode based on Hogarth’s darkly satirical paintings of the same name. We hope that this soaring romantic ballad brings some passion and humour to your lock-down life.

We met on a musical theatre blind date in 2014! Charles was looking for a new collaborator and MMD sent over a few names. Victoria was one of those names. Thank you MMD. Marriage a La Mode was a commission for LSMT and was due to be performed at Chichester Uni-versity in June 2020. The production will now happen in 2021. Marriage is based on the famous satirical series of Hogarth paintings and is a bawdy restoration romp, meets a Carry On film meets My Fair Lady gone wrong.
Charles has become a highly regarded composer over the last decade. His shows include; Brenda Bly: Teen Detective, No One In The World and When Midnight Strikes which has had a num-ber of runs in London and has been nominated for Best Musical in the Off-West End Awards. The Return Of The Soldier, written with Tim Sanders, originally played at Jermyn Street Theatre, Lon-don, and was recently revived at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester and their new musical Jason and the Argonauts, has already been performed in London, Germany and Switzerland. Fanny and Stella, written with Glenn Chandler, The Sins of Jack Saul were sell-outs at Above the Stag.
Victoria is a writer and dramaturg. She is known as the ‘musical whisperer’ among her dramaturgy cli-ents, which includes independent writers and producers across the UK and Europe as well as commer-cial Broadway-bound pieces. She helped facilitate and run the National Theatre’s new Musical Theatre Group, and designed and led a Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Course at Central. Recent and up-coming Credit’s include: a radio play commissioned by Big Finish which is now available on Audible; a London workshop of ‘Head of the Table’ (composer Paul Castles) lyrics for Fragments (with composer Jon McLeod) at the Playground Theatre. She’s recently had monologues featured with the Corona Vi-rus Theatre Company.


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You Got A Problem’ by Rob Green & Nic Harvey from Hoarding: A Musical
Performed by Marisha Wallace (Dreamgirls)

Whilst attempting to de-clutter her home, hoarder Nel discovers the bones of a long-dead cat she assumed had run away. The skeletal remains of Merlin come briefly back to life, to confront Nel with the truth about the suffering she’s caused.

We have, in some form, been a writing team since the age of 8, first meeting at Nottingham’s BAFTA-winning Television Workshop. We would perform together at gig nights as we grew up; Rob would go on to release EPs as a solo artist (reaching number 3 on the iTunes R&B chart) and tour with Earth, Wind & Fire and Whitney Houston’s hologram. Nic would become director of The Television Workshop where they trained.
We’ve been writing for Sheep Soup since 2013, collaborating on ‘Mrs Green: The Musical’ (Nottingham Playhouse, Leicester Curve, Edinburgh Fringe) and ‘The Leftovers’, the first new musical commissioned for Leicester Curve’s studio which went to tour the country. ‘Hoarding: A Musical’ is a working title for a new show in early production, developed through the Canadian Musical Theatre Project (CMTP). Along with producer and performer Ben Welch, director Adam Lenson and book writer Esther Coles, we spent 5 incredible weeks in Toronto working with the talented students at Sheridan College to develop a musical about hoarding. It’s also becoming a story about why objects are important to us, how we talk to our families, and how memory and music are intertwined.
We’re honoured and delighted to be shortlisted for this prize and can’t wait to hear the phenomenal Marisha Wallace bring our song to the ‘stage’! 


Minnesota’ by Julian Woolford & Richard John from Comrade Rockstar
Perfromed by Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)
See above for Julian and Richard’s details

Minnesota from the musical Comrade Rockstar about the life of Dean Reed, is inspired by the protest-folk songs of the Vietnam war period, and honours all the fallen, and their families.


The Something Else’ by Vikki Stone from #zoologicalsociety
Performed by Allyson Ava-Brown (Hamilton)

The Something Else is a song about dealing with the feelings associated with depression and anxiety, but not being able to find the right words. In the context of the #zoologicalsociety musical (sung from the point of view of animals), it takes on a double meaning, as they question their lives in captivity, and wonder what “the something else” could be.

Vikki (music & lyrics) and Katie (book) met in the toilets of the wedding of a mutual friend. Katie was attempting to dry the armpits of her dress in a Dyson Airblade, and Vikki was understandably impressed. (True story). 
Vikki is a multi-award-winning composer, comedian and writer, whose writing projects include Aladdin for the Lyric Hammersmith, and Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra.
Katie is also a multi-award-winning comedian and writer. Her debut play, Omnibus, was shortlisted for the Tobacco Theatre prize and won the inaugural Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize. Katie also won the Kudos North writers award, a joint award between BBC Writersroom and Kudos North. 


Ride’ by Freya Smith & Jack Williams from Ride
Performed by Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
See above for Freya and Jack’s details

It’s 1895 and Annie Londonderry has returned from her round-the-world cycle. In the opening number from our show (also called Ride!), Annie begins her pitch to the New York World newspaper, determined to secure a regular column writing for them. Her first step is to sell them the romance of the safety bicycle, which she does in this song, by detailing the incredible impact it’s had on women’s freedom.


Two Ways To Australia’ by Rachel Bellman & Elizabeth Sybil Charlesworth from The Dickens Girls
Performed by Rebecca Trehearn (Show Boat)

The Dickens Girls tells the true story of the house for ‘fallen women’ set up by Charles Dickens and Angela Burdett-Coutts, a house which took in female ex-prisoners, trained them as servants, and shipped them away to the colonies. In ‘Two Ways to Australia’ Angela confronts one of the young women, Julia, who is trying to run away out of guilt for her past crimes. In the song Angela persuades Julia that she has two choices: run away and risk being sent away as a convict or return to the house and go to Australia as an immigrant.

Our journey as a writing partnership began in 2015 during the BOOK, Music & Lyrics composer/lyricist workshop. After a successful (in our opinion) song collaboration and many trips to the pub we decided to work together on the musical Otherworld, a dark fantasy based on the Breton folktale ‘Castle of Comorre’ which was showcased at Crazy Coqs in 2017.
Following this we worked together on Being Brilliant, a positive-thinking song cycle for primary schools commissioned by Nottingham City Council and performed at Royal Concert Hall Nottingham in 2017. 
We began work on our musical The Dickens Girls in December 2018. Inspired by the true story of the ‘house for fallen woman’ established by Charles Dickens and the little-known philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts, the musical won British Youth Music Theatre’s New Music Theatre Award in early 2019. We were subsequently commissioned to write the full-length piece for BYMT’s 2019 summer season, which was produced at the New Wolsey Theatre and directed by Charlotte Westenra.
We’re currently developing the musical into a version that can be performed by a smaller, professional cast, and are compressing it all the way from a cast of 35 to a cast of 5… Wish us luck! 


Shape The Future’ by Thomas Sutcliffe from Borders
Performed by Melanie La Barrie (& Juliet)

This song speaks to all those who feel their voices are not heard. It is a personal call to arms, to rise up and stand up for what you believe in. Misha, a single mother on a council estate, tells her son that wishes she’d been able to fulfil her dream of becoming an artist and urges him to use his skills to make a difference. She is no longer willing to be held back because of her class.

I’m a singer/actor/composer who has been making music for over 30 years. I began by writing standalone pop songs with friend and fellow composer Lydia Grant and have since explored a range of styles. After training in Musical Theatre at the GSA I fell in love with writing music/lyrics for the stage and, alongside an acting career, I have constructed the new musical ‘The Mill on the Floss’, based on the novel by George Eliot. The piece breathes new life into a classic text, with thrilling orchestrations by Fred Broom and additional music and lyrics by Lydia Grant. In 2018 we were finalists in the Stiles and Drewe Mentorship award and workshopped the show with a professional West End cast in London.
My latest project is ‘Borders’; an original concept musical conceived by Daniel Cane that tells the story of everyday people in British society today. It explores the idea of boundaries, physical and emotional, touching on themes of loss, love and jealousy. Six actors, three middle aged and three late teens, will each play two roles – one privileged, the other working-class. Musically the show is diverse with a pop/MT feel and references to trap and drill. The musical aims to hold a mirror up to society, exposing our strengths and weaknesses, unpicking what is certainly a very turbulent time in our history.


Judges



Stiles & Drewe

Stiles and Drewe are a multi award-winning musical theatre writing partnership whose shows have been seen all over the world and have been translated into many languages.
Their scores include the international smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins, the Olivier Award-winning Honk!, which has been seen by more than 6 million people in over 8,000 productions, and the recent West End productions of Half A Sixpence and The Wind in the Willows. Their other shows are Soho Cinders, Betty Blue Eyes, Travels With My Aunt, Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, Just So and Tutankhamun.
George and Anthony have also completed a trilogy of 50-minute musicals for younger audiences, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs.
Current projects include Mary Poppins at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, Becoming Nancy with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell for Broadway and Identical, a musical adaptation of Erich Kästner’s novel ‘The Parent Trap’, which premieres in 20201 at Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal, Bath.
Future projects include a stage version of Robert Harling’s film Soapdish.
Independently, as a composer, George’s credits include the musicals Moll Flanders, The Three Musketeers, Tom Jones and the scores for Sam Mendes’ stage productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (Donmar Warehouse/BAM NYC).
Independently, as a lyricist, Anthony’s credits include The Card (Watermill/Regent’s Park) and A Twist Of Fate (Singapore Rep).
Other projects include song contributions for Dame Edna Everage’s Look At Me When I’m Talking To You, the RSC’s Shakespeare Revue and a commission for Elaine Paige.
Honk! has won many international awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Mary Poppins has won 45 major theatre awards around the globe, including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and London Evening Standard Awards. Stiles and Drewe were nominated for Best New Musical at the 2016 WhatsOnStage Awards for Half A Sixpence and Betty Blue Eyes was nominated for the 2012 Olivier Award. Other awards include the TMA Best Musical Award for Moll Flanders and The Straits Times Award for Best Musical for A Twist of Fate.
Stiles and Drewe’s passion for new musical theatre is recognised via the annual Stiles and Drewe Prize for Best New Song and their Mentorship Award supported by Music Theatre International (Europe). They are also founding board members of Mercury Musical Developments (MMD), Associate Artists at The Watermill Theatre and patrons of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) and The Musical Theatre Academy (MTA).
www.stilesanddrewe.com @stilesanddrewe


Cassie Kinoshi

Cassie Kinoshi was Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at Dundee Rep in 2019. She is a London-based composer, arranger and alto-saxophonist best known for her work with jazz septet Nérija (Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners 2017, Best Newcomer), Afrobeat band Kokoroko and her own large ensemble SEED. Cassie is currently developing a musical, NOVA, based on African-American sci-fi author Samuel R. Delany’s 1968 novel of the same name. She is a BMus Hons Composition graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. Alongside working frequently within the world of jazz music and live performance, Cassie has also written for short film, theatre and contemporary dance as well as professional classical ensembles such as the Benyounes Quartet and members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other current & recent work includes composing for SuperBlackMan by Lekan Lawal at Battersea Arts Centre, underscoring work by Sonali Bhattacharyya and Shireen Mula for the Connect Now Series 2018 at the Old Vic Theatre, and composing the scores to short films Undercurrent and On an Empty Stomach. Cassie has also written and arranged music for events such as Women of the World Festival 2017 (Royal Festival Hall), EFG London Jazz Festival 2011-17 (Barbican Centre/Cadogan Hall/South Bank Centre), and Felabration! 2016 (British Library). Her compositions and performances have been showcased on BBC Radio 3 (Jazz on 3/Late Junction) and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (Bonnie Bird Theatre). She has also worked as Musical Director at the Royal Festival Hall for the Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Ensemble (Women of the World Festival 2017) and as bandleader in various performance settings. Her ten-piece ensemble SEED will be releasing an album with label Jazz Re:freshed in 2019.


Toby Marlow

Toby Marlow is the composer and co-writer of SIX. Following the show’s debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, it has been performed in London’s West End, a UK Tour, three cruise ships, a North American Tour (including Edmonton!), Australia and Broadway. Toby is also the co-writer and co-performer of the award-winning Hot Gay Time Machine, which has enjoyed runs in London’s West End and at both the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals. Toby studied English at the University of Cambridge (where he met friend and colleague, Lucy Moss) and his previous co-writing and composing credits include SIX, Hot Gay Time Machine, Courtney Act’s Christmas Extravaganza & Fluid. twitter/insta: @thetobymarlow


Lucy Moss

Lucy Moss is one half of Marlow and Moss, the writing duo behind the musical SIX (West End, Broadway, Australia & New Zealand Tour). She is also one half of the show’s directors, making her the youngest woman ever to direct a musical on Broadway (lol). Other writer-director credits include the multi-award winning Hot Gay Time Machine, (West End). She has also written for Courtney Act’s Christmas Extravaganza (Channel 4) and Courtney Act: Fluid. Previous directorial credits include Pelican: The Cat Man Curse (Soho Theatre); Pelican: Fisk (Soho Theatre); Wasted (Edinburgh Fringe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (US Tour). Lucy studied history at Cambridge University and trained in Dance and Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts. socials: @mucyloss


Dan Gillespie Sells

Dan Gillespie Sells is best known for being the lead vocalist and principal songwriter in The Feeling. Their debut album, ‘Twelve Stops And Home’ sold over a million copies, whilst their second album, ‘Join With Us’ reached the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts. The band’s 5th album was released in March 2016.
He has written songs for a variety of projects ranging from TV (Theme to Beautiful People/BBC) to Ballet (3 with D/Colosseum London/Stuttgart Ballet/Joyce Theatre NYC).
Dan was the recipient of the 2015 Stonewall award for Entertainer of the Decade for his work in the LGBT community and the 2007 Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year. Other awards include Best Composer at The Stage Debut Awards 2017 plus many nominations including Oliver and BRIT. 
His debut award winning Musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ opened at The West End’s Apollo Theatre in Nov 2018. The movie version of his musical is being released in October 2020 by Disney/20th Century.
The Feelings 6th album is currently being written and is planned for release in 2021.


Tim Sutton

Tim Sutton is an award-winning composer and musical director. He has worked exten-sively with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Scotland, Young Vic and Almeida.
Music includes The Omission of the Family Coleman (Ustinov, Bath), As You Like It and Titus Andronicus (RSC), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (NT), Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar Series 1, 2 & 3 and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). Up-coming shows include Daddy (Almeida) and Pericles (RSC).
Other scores for theatre include The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Dreamfighter (Lichfield Festival), The Bacchae (NToS), As You Like It (Wynd-ham’s) and As You Desire Me (Playhouse).
His community opera Cycle Song won the Royal Philharmonic Society Learning & Participation Award 2012. He is twice recipient of the Stiles and Drewe Best Song Award, and won the Vivian Ellis Prize for Best Musical for Beauty and the Beast.
He is currently writing The Chain with Nicola Baldwin, and Bus Boycott with Roy Williams, commissioned by China Plate. He is an Associate Member of the Inner Magic Circle. Tim is also committed to the development of new musical theatre, and has mentored aspiring writers on the Book, Music and Lyrics course since its inception in 2011.
Tim has recently joined the Board of MMD.


We hope you’ll be able to join us via YouTube on Sunday 5th July at 6.00pm to celebrate and support new musical theatre writing!

We gratefully thank our Sponsors:

And our Fund Supporters:

Theatrical Rights Worldwide, thanks to Benjamin Alexander Newsome
Concord Theatricals, thanks to Vivien Goodwin
Book Music & Lyrics, thanks to David James and Karen Moloney
The Stephen Sondheim Society, thanks to Craig Glenday and Tina Foote

Prizes donated by: Stiles & Drewe, The Entertainment Business, The Stephen Sondheim Society and New UK Musicals