BEAM 2020 Postponed & Online
It was with great regret that MMD, MTN and Royal & Derngate announced in March that BEAM 2020 had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, the BEAM team have been contingency planning scenarios for a revised live and/or online showcase in 2021. In the meantime, online folders with content from all forty one shows selected for BEAM 2020 are available via the link below.
We are grateful to our funders, our venue partner Royal & Derngate, our production staff and supporters, our members, everyone who booked to attend BEAM, and most of all to our talented BEAM participant artists, for their understanding and generosity.
To support future BEAM showcases please visit our Support page.
“After our showcase of ‘The Season’ at BEAM 2018 we found ourselves in conversation with several theatres and producers – conversations we could otherwise never have hoped to hold. As a result, two independent producers agreed to collaborate on the show, which will now receive its first production at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and New Wolsey, Ipswich, in November 2019. We also secured an agent off the back of the event and subsequently won the Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award 2018 – a monumental injection of energy which we might not have even applied for without the confidence and encouragement we derived from BEAM. It is almost impossible to exaggerate the significance that moment had on our careers. BEAM has inspired much-needed confidence in the potential of our material, and our ability to produce professional, individual work.”
Jim Barne & Kit Buchan, composer & lyricist/librettist
“BEAM 2018 gave our new musical adaptation of William Nicholson’s ‘The Wind Singer’ a shop window in the musical theatre marketplace, at a very early stage, and before we knew it there were producers and publishers interested. The Royal Shakespeare Company have given us research and development time and the Hosking Houses Trust gave us somewhere to stay in Stratford – that’s the kind of incentive every writer needs. We are also now working with director Lotte Wakeham and will be doing a closed workshop for the RSC. Thank you BEAM!”
Teresa Howard & Sarah Llewellyn, lyricist/librettist & composer