Joseph Atkins


Joseph Atkins


Joseph’s new show, written with singer-writer Jessica Walker, Scene Unseen, directed by James Dacre and produced in collaboration with the Royal & Derngate and English Touring Opera is currently available to stream via the ETO website. This follows his recent collaboration with Jessica, Songs for our Time, commissioned by the Lichfield Festival, a concert created in lockdown featuring their original songs and captured by filmmaker Leon Lopez.

His other works for stage include music and lyrics for acclaimed and BEAM selected LGBT+ musical Carnation for a Song (with book writer Megan Cronin), and a new adaptation of Ariadne’s She Ventures and He Wins (both Young Vic). At the same theatre, he also collaborated with poet Deanna Rodgers and director Tom Martin on Sing Before You Speak Again, a choral song cycle exploring the lives of Southwark people living with neurological disorders. 

TV composition credits include Mud, Sweat and Tractors and Shooting the War (BBC4). Other works include The Globe Round, commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe to open its annual Sam Wanamaker Festival, Indian Summer, a work for solo guitar recorded by Antonis Hatzinikolaou for the NMC label and two settings as part of Voices of London, a song cycle commissioned and recorded by Gavin Roberts of Song in the City.

Joe’s MD and arranger credits include the Olivier-nominated Josephine and I (Bush Theatre and Public Theater, New York), Not Such Quiet Girls (Opera North and Leeds Playhouse), All I Want is One Night (Manchester Royal Exchange, Wilton’s Musical Hall and 59E59 Theaters, New York) and Liza Pulman Sings Streisand (West End and UK tour). Joe and Liza have recently recorded a new album, The Heart of It, with legendary producer Chris Porter, which was released alongside their new show at London’s Riversides Studios in Spring 2022.

Other recent engagements include Artist-in-Residence at the 2018 Lichfield Festival plus cabaret appearances at Live at Zedel, the Cadogan Hall, the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Liverpool Philharmonic. Joe is a member of the Globe’s Theatre’s Higher Education Faculty and a visiting composer and MD for the Stratford-upon-Avon based Year Out Drama Company.

He read Music at New College, Oxford and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

The link to Scene Unseen can be found below:


Writer Type

Lyricist, Composer