Gus Gowland


Gus Gowland


Gus is an award-winning writer and composer from London, UK

His first full-length musical Pieces of String premiered in 2018 at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. It was The Stage’s Best Regional Musical of the year and was nominated for the UK Theatre Best Musical Production award. For Pieces of String, Gus won The Stage Debut Award for Best Composer/Lyricist, and was nominated for the inaugural Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Musical Theatre Bookwriting.

Gus has been commissioned by theatres including Theatre Royal Stratford East and has developed shows with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Leeds College of Music. His short musical SICK! was performed at LOST Theatre, London and his short play Clocks & Teapots was performed at RADA Studios and the London Transport Museum. Gus was commissioned by Olivier Award winning theatre collective Duckie to write songs for Copyright Christmas (Barbican, London). He co-wrote and directed Barren and Love Love Love, which toured to Canada, and wrote and performed one-man musical Tell Me On A Thursday at the Camden Fringe.

Gus’s song ‘The Girl Next Door’ was featured in the On Hope digital song cycle and he was commissioned by Hull Pride for their City of Culture celebrations. Gus co-wrote with Alistair Brammer on the MADTrust album ‘The West End Goes MAD for Christmas’, and his songs have been performed at showcases in London and New York.

Gus is a MGCFutures Bursary recipient and has been shortlisted for the Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Award twice, the Perfect Pitch Award and The KSF Artists of Choice program. Gus’s work has been presented at BEAM, the Theatre Royal Stratford East Musical Theatre Workshop and has been supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.


Writer Type

Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer