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MMD Masterclass with Claude-Michel Schönberg Day 2 – A Writer’s Perspective

September 28th, 2016

By Darren Clark I cycled in to RADA studios from Crystal Palace for day 2 of the MMD Claude Michel Schonberg Masterclass on Wednesday having previously been absolutely convinced that it was Tuesday. It had been a mad couple of weeks working towards two new shows opening on the 24th September, but ha...



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Royal Shakespeare Company to host next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Placement

September 21st, 2016

  We are thrilled to announce the next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer placement will take place at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Straford upon Avon. The placement will begin in March 2017. The all-inclusive fee is £11,000 and calculated to cover 6 months of your time, and this pa...



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FOREST BOY in NYC!

September 20th, 2016

FOREST BOY in NYC Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie met as students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The pair now run award-winning writing partnership, Noisemaker and work across the UK and internationally creating innovative, original musical theatre. Most recently Scott and Claire’s show...



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Rebecca Applin: Resident Composer 2015, Mercury Colchester & New Wolsey Ipswich

September 16th, 2016

As I write this I am in the midst of preparing for The Wind in the Willows, one of the projects that I’m working on as part of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award. Writing from ‘in the thick of it’, and three-quarters of the way through my residency, so far I can say it ...



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Teresa Howard: Advanced Writers’ Lab

September 7th, 2016

“MMD Writers Lab has been a godsend for me, especially since my writing partner Steven Edis was invited to join as well.  Musical theatre is far more collaborative than most writing forms, but you can still spend a lot of time writing alone.  Other people have absolutely no idea what you do ...



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MMD Autumn 2016 Events Programme

July 20th, 2016

  Autumn 2016 NUTS & BOLTS The History of the British Musical – Why Can’t Europe imitate the Pajama Game? September 15th, 22nd, 29th, October 13th, 20th and 27th October Led by Sue Pearse – Using Bernstein’s question as a provocation, come and investigate the history of ...



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Stiles + Drewe Prize 2016 – Prizewinners

May 16th, 2016

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments have announced the winners of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize. The winners were revealed at the tenth anniversary West End Gala held at the Novello Theatre which was hosted by...



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Dougal Irvine: Resident Composer, Royal & Derngate 2012

August 14th, 2015

Dougal Irvine reflects on his time as the Resident Composer at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton. For any composers considering applying for future residencies this is essential reading. As you will see below the residency had a profound impact on Dougal’s career. In fact, before ...



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Blog: MMD Masterclass with Claude-Michel Schönberg – by Kitty McDonald

April 15th, 2015

On 8th June 2015, eight MMD writing teams got to spend the day sharing their work, learning, talking, getting advice and feedback from Claude-Michel Schönberg. “It was a truly inspirational day” for all involved and we wanted to give you all a taster of what it felt like to be in the room. So, ...



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Samuel Adamson: 2015 Conference Address – Never Let People Tell You What A Musical Is

April 13th, 2015

Samuel Adamson originally delivered this text as a speech at the Mercury Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Networks annual joint conference which took place at the Arcola Theatre, London on Thursday 12th March 2015. Samuel Adamson’s recent work includes Uncle Vanya at West Yorkshi...



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