Leeway Production’s 10 Minute Musicals at Wales Millennium Centre
Leeway Productions are delighted to announce, that following the success of our projects during 2017 at The Other Room, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Pontio and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 10 Minute Musicals will be rolled out at Wales Millennium Centre during 2018.
Composers / Playwrights / Librettists / Poets / Musicians / Lyricists / Beatboxers…..we encourage all to apply. Leeway productions are a diversity confident company and encourage artists who identify themselves as disabled to apply.
-We are looking for fresh innovative voices who are willing to push boundaries and play with form.
-We are looking for creatives with a passion for the continued development of their practice.
-We want you to have an openness to play, to be willing to try new approaches in order to develop the skills which will enable collaboration on a larger scale.
-You will need to commit to 3 workshop dates attached to each project, which will also include a sharing of work at Wales Millennium Centre and Blackwood Miners Institute.
10MM – February 2018
Workshop 1: // February 11th // 10am – 5pm // Wales Millennium Centre
Workshop 2: // February 18th // 10am-5pm // Wales Millennium Centre
Workshop 3: // February 25th // 10AM - 6pm // Sharing of work at 6pm at Wales Millennium Centre
/Performance : // February 27th // 7pm // Blackwood Miners Institute
This includes all three weekends mentorship, a template of activities and the opportunity to share your work at Wales Millennium Centre and Blackwood Miners Institute.
Expressions of interest:
-Expressions of interest can be submitted as an individual artist and we will look to match you with another artist,
if you are an existing writer/composer team.
-Please send a short example of your work along with a CV / Biog or a little about yourself and what you wish to gain from this opportunity to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Please include your name, a contact email address and phone number.
-Deadline: Jan 30th
With Cardiff now a Capital of Music, Leeway Productions are leading the way in the creation of new musical theatre for the UK’s capital of music.
This exciting announcement is of huge value to us as a company as we aspire to encourage and nurture new and existing creatives to write for musical theatre in Wales.
Jane Oriel talking about our last event:
“The week’s experimental exercise has opened a wealth of possibilities for new musical theatre in Cardiff. It has been eye opening to learn that much more is possible from this art form that I had previously expected so little from. Well done to all concerned and I look forward to seeing the next developments”
We are now calling out to new creatives who are keen to try their hand at writing a musical, and, more established artists who may want to upskill and network with new creatives and artists.
10 Minute Musicals is a great way of networking, developing your current practice, and looking closely at what support you need when developing your writing skills for this genre. We encourage a continued conversation with creatives and believe that this creative development project is a great springboard towards casting a new light on how you usually work.
Peter Cox, a writer who collaborated during 2017 says:
“When I first saw the publicity for this exciting project it hit a nerve with me: I just ‘got it’. Immediately. The concept, the possibilities and potential, the achievability. The lot! I saw it as a kind of ‘Blind Date’ for creatives. No preconceptions. No planning. Just turn up. Meet. Create. Perform! Having now done it I’m delighted that it turned out to be exactly what I’d hoped - stimulating, challenging, productive and fun.”
Lowri Cook on the last event:
“I was taken temporarily by the four productions, to very different worlds. What was definitely established was the increasing urge by all in the room for a musical theatre fringe scene in Cardiff - and beyond- in response to the brain drain to the West End in London by bored Welsh talent. With a perfect location for us, Porters bar in the centre of the city, there appears to be s real seed of excitement, with exceptional talent already in place.”
Leeway Productions will provide mentorship support throughout the process, and will support artists as they find their way through what could seem like a daunting task. There will be a sharing of your work at Wales Millennium Centre as a culmination to the process and your hard work.
Francois Pandolfo was involved in the 1st project. He says:
"Not only was it an honour to be asked to be part of this exciting new project but the premise and delivery process was a real eye opener to the possibilities of discovery when collaborating with a team of creatives. What interested me specifically was how we were encouraged to hand over our natural instincts to push the area of skills we would normally use and collaborate in a way that helps you see the many clogs in the creating process. As a writer I wanted to take control of the narrative but with the daily missions sent out by Angharad it was clear we had to think outside the box and open our minds to other alternatives of developing an idea, in my case this was approaching the piece from a soundscape angle and starting from there. This was challenging and a real shot in the dark but carefully crafted by Leeway Productions to be daring and bold in order to widen the scope of creativity that push the normal format of development which currently seems tired and unimaginative.
This model is one I would like to see happen more and more as a way of bringing collaborative possibilities together and opening a forum for discussion and exploration that isn't filling in forms or separating people's roles and adhering to strict creative guidelines and protocol."
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