Hosking Houses Trust Residencies announced for 2022

November 26th, 2021

Mercury Musical Developments is delighted to announce the 2022 recipients of the Hosking Houses Trust Writers’ Residency. 

Following the first two pilot residencies in 2021, and an extensive review of high-quality applications from female identifying and non-binary musical theatre writers and composers from across the UK, we are delighted to announce the next three residencies in 2022 have been awarded to Sarah Middleton, Anne-Marie Piazza and Cordelia O’Driscoll. 

The residency includes a month in an idyllic, well-equipped cottage in Clifford Chambers, Stratford-Upon-Avon, with a £1,000 bursary and mentoring from previous residency writers, likely to be taken up in March, April and June 2022. 

It is a real privilege to be awarded the writing residency with Hosking Houses and MMD. “Go Forth And Slay” was selected to be showcased as part of Beam this year which enabled Darren Clark and I to start building the structure. Now I have been gifted this time and space to write it and it feels immensely special. I cannot wait”.   

Anne-Marie Piazza

I’m over the moon to have been awarded a residency, having spent the past three years writing at the dining table in a house-share (as so many writers do!). Being able to focus solely on writing for a month is a dream come true, and being in Stratford will allow me to dive into the Elizabethan world my characters live in. I’m really grateful to MMD and the Hosking Houses Trust for seeing something in this story and for supporting me as I wrestle it into a musical shape”.  

Sarah Middleton

“I’m incredibly grateful to have been awarded this residency. Being gifted the time and space to be able to work solely on my new show ‘Bitter/Sweet’ is just so exciting, and will hopefully allow me to grow the show into its first full draft. It’s been an obviously tough year for everyone, so I feel immensely privileged to be able to take a break from it all and become immersed in writing. Thanks so much to MMD and the Hosking Houses Trust for the opportunity, I can’t wait“.

Cordelia O’Driscoll

This project is generously supported by the Jane Goodman Legacy Fund; Jane was a pioneering woman who cared passionately about supporting women in their chosen careers.   

To make the most of an opportunity such as this residency, a composer needs to be at a particular stage of their development, when they are ready to connect with an organisation creatively and to bring their experience to the role as well as a readiness to explore and learn. Jordan is absolutely at the moment in his career to focus on his voice as a composer and develop his knowledge of working within the vibrant and creatively brilliant BYMT. At MMD we are delighted to be partnering with an organisation focussed on making work with young people and excited to see how this relationship evolves and what new musical theatre emerges. Emily Gray, Executive Director, MMD

The pilot residencies in 2021 were awarded to Susannah Pearse and Caitlyn Burt, and were made possible through the generous support of the Hosking Houses Trust and additionally The Coral Samuel Charitable Trust.  

We are very much looking forward to welcoming and supporting three such interesting writers. Kathleen McLuskie, Chair of HHT Board 

The Hosking Houses Trust aims to support female identifying & non-binary people who have established themselves and are needing support to get to the next draft or next level of their writing.  Founded by Sarah Hosking, the mission was to provide a ‘Room of One’s Own’ in which women could write. Since 2002 more than 100 writers and artists have stayed in the cottage, writing poetry, novels and plays and making art for exhibitions. They include Timberlake Wertenbaker, Joan Bakewell, Salley Vickers, Maggie Gee, Chinonyerem Odimba and Wendy Cope. Marina Warner has been patron of the Trust since 2006.