BEAM 2020 Showcase


It is with great regret and huge sadness that MMD, MTN and Royal & Derngate are announcing that BEAM 2020 has been postponed.

The BEAM team has spent the last weeks contingency planning and thinking through various scenarios that could make the showcase possible; however, the pandemic situation has reached the point where it would feel irresponsible to ask anyone to travel to BEAM.

We have consulted with our main funders, Arts Council England, and our partners, and have of course followed the health advice on offer. Royal & Derngate is in touch with everyone who has booked a ticket for BEAM 2020.

We hope those who feel able to will join us online on Friday 27th March to share information about and hopefully songs from the showcases, via the #BEAM2020 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Please look out for content on this day, particularly between midday and 2pm.

We are grateful to our funders, our venue partner Royal & Derngate, our production staff and supporters, our members, everyone who has booked to attend BEAM, and most of all to our talented BEAM participant artists, for their understanding and generosity.

To support BEAM 2020 please visit our Sponsor BEAM page.

Our second BEAM was held at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in March 2018. Here are quotes from two writing teams who participated on their experience and how BEAM helped the development of their work:

“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, writers of ‘The Season’

“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, writers of ‘The Wind Singer’

(Photos: David Ovenden)