Chamber Musical Project

With a passion and a commitment to discovering new musical theatre, evidenced by Aria’s FROM PAGE TO STAGE festival and full-time literary department, and Lenson’s regular SIGNAL concerts, Katy Lipson and Adam Lenson have come together to offer this previously announced commission for an original piece which they intend to be a yearly offering.  There were over 200 entries for this opportunity with each writing team submitting a pitch and a sample of previous work.

 

Each longlisted entry will receive a nominal fee of £250 to take their original pitch and idea further to a demo and synopsis with one entry receiving a writing commission of up to £6000 which will be funded by these two independent organisations.

 

Both producers are acutely aware of the lack of more established British chamber musicals within mainstream publishing and licensing houses and would like to help support UK-based writers in creating content which they hope in the long term could fill these gaps.

 

It is their intention to find, curate and develop a show for production which may also lead to publishing and international production opportunities.

DETACHED

by Christina Bloom

Amid a global pandemic and without her wife by her side, a young woman comes close to death when she suffers a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and finds herself reflecting back at events that led to this moment, as her life flashes before her eyes.

 

BITTER/SWEET

by Cordelia O’Driscoll
A soulful musical exploration of a complex female friendship, shifting in time between the golden optimism of endless teenage summers and the reality of where they find themselves now, and everything that happened in between.

 

AT THE CENTRE
by Emelie Odukwe & Lily Vincent-Frankland

A heartfelt, contemporary and dynamic piece which, at its core, is an uplifting tale of life, identity and community; set inside a high-rise building in south London and told with a refreshingly unique and vibrant sound

 

ECHOES

by Freya Smith & Jack Williams

One relationship. Two women. A contemporary song cycle exploring identity, memory and deception.

 

HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD
by Guy Woolf & Isla Van Tricht

Based on the true story of the first-generation immigrant creators of Superman, this inspirational new musical shows what happens when two young minds imagine how to save the world.

 

HARDER BABY
by Tommy Antonio and Robert Casey

In this anti-fairytale orgy two best friends searching for meaning amidst endless hook ups and parties emerge from London’s underbelly to have a baby with an electronic score played by a DJ.

 

CLICKBAIT
by Hilmi Jaidin

A dark, original musical about algorithms, stochastic terrorism and cat videos.

 

ELIZABETH HOLMES: HOW TO BLEED DRY IN SILICON VALLEY

by Jen Green & Caroline Wigmore

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of the now disgraced medical startup Theranos, and once the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire, tells her side of the story

 

EARTHA, EDDIE, AND THE UPSIDE DOWN TREE

by Leo Munby & Annabel Mutale Reed
A contemporary fairy tale about wishing for love in a world of missed connections”.

 

ENTHUSIASTICALLY, YES!
by Michelle Payne & Craig Webb

The sex education you never had to a pop soundtrack.

 

THANKS I’M CURED

by Natalie Pound, Sam Young, Sam Hoppen

A black comedy that explores and satirises commonplace and backhanded approaches to mental health crises, family relationships, and duties of care, all wrapped up in a completely absurd quest to solve a murder mystery

 

LETTING GO

by Jonathan O’Neill & Isaac Savage

A two-hander chamber musical with a genderless cast and writing format. The show centres around a couple dealing with grief, and their decision whether to move on or remain comfortable in their denial.

 

TREEHOUSE
by P Burton-Morgan and Robin Simões da Silva

Three best friends, who we meet aged 11, 21 and 31, grow together and grow apart in this knotty, complex branching tale of family, friendship and compromise.

 

ESCAPE ROOM

by Sarah-Louise Young, Richard Link, Paul Chronnell

Locked in an escape room a dysfunctional family must confront some of life’s biggest questions and their own personal fears before they can be released

 

OPEN MIC 1803

by Eden Tredwell

Female classical composers take on the modern music industry in this new genre-bending piece.