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MT FEST UK launch at The Other Palace

Richard Thomas talking to Paul Taylor Mills about new writing 'AA'.
Richard Thomas talking to Paul Taylor Mills about new writing ‘AA’.

The launch for MT Fest took place in the studio theatre at The Other Palace, kicking off with beautiful performances from Luke Bayer and Evelyn Hoskins singing a song each as a little preview to what they will be doing in their Night Caps Concerts.

Producer Paul Taylor-Mills took to the stage discussing the various strands of the festival. Including the Night Caps Concerts, which will be tailored to the performer and their career. Paul even said we may get a hint as to what’s next for them as he asked their last song of the evening to be a hint to their next role. As well as Luke and Evelyn taking part in these concerts are Louise Dearman, Nathan Amzi and Jordan Luke Gage to name a few.

Another big announcement of the morning was the Tea For Two line-up of talks. You can see the line up to these on the website but all promise to have a fantastic insight into MT from all the different areas behind the scenes.

The really exciting thing for me and maybe most of you is the chance to see some new MT writing. There will be a taster menu of New Musical Theatre with 45-minute excerpts from 8 new musicals. The cast of this will be announced on Monday and Paul says it will sell out fast so get your tickets ASAP.

One of the new MT excerpts is ‘AA’. Paul invited composer Richard Thomas to the stage to discuss his new musical ‘AA’, featured as part of the Taster Menu series which was followed by quite a performance from Sooz Kempner. Introducing us to the songs ‘Rock Bottom Moment’ and ‘Caffeine’ from ‘AA’, this little preview was enough for me to come home and book for that one.

I will be trying to get to a few things as I absolutely love this idea and you can see there has been a lot of work going on to get it all together.

Casting News:

AA (11-13 February) features Connor Byrne as Irish Bob, Emma Lindars as Abby, Rosemary Ashe as Angela, Dan Buckley as Bar Man, Matt White as Bert, Scott Garnham as Dave, Sooz Kempner as Lena, Declan Bennett as Rickie, Jenny O’Leary as Rose, Scott Paige as Simon and Matt Henry as Twirley.

Nerds (11-13 February) features Dan Buckley as Bill Gates, Kane Oliver Parry as Steve Jobs, Scott Garnham as Paul Allen, Bronté Barbé as Myrtle, Oliver Ormson as Steve Wozniak, Jenny O’Leary as Thekla, Scott Paige as Tim, Rebecca Lock as Sally/Oracle and Matt White as Narrator.

First Date (14-16 February) features Liam Doyle as Aaron, Sophie Isaacs as Casey, Dean John Wilson as Man 1, Natalie Douglas as Woman and Russell Wilcox as Man 2.

Porn, the Musical (14-16 February) features Russell Wilcox as Alfred Itchcock, Liam Doyle as Dr Jonny, Natalie Douglas as Mrs Bugeja, Sophie Isaacs as Sandy andDean John Wilson as Stefan.

But I’m a Cheerleader: The Musical (18-20 February) features Bronté Barbé as Megan, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Graham, Jamie Muscato as Jared, Matt Henry as Mike, Ben Forster as Larry, Stephen Hogan as Lloyd and Luke Bayer as Clayton.

Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher (18-20 February) features Harriet Thorpe as Jessica, Verity Rushworth as Victoria, Connor Byrne as Mr Drake, Jemma Alexander as Lulu, Russell Walker as Seth and Steven Serlin as Tom.

The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists (21-23 February) features Christina Bennington as Penelope, Rob Fowler as Voltman, Leo Ihenacho as Dr Zappus,Oliver Ormson as Fishboy and the voice of Nathan Amzi as Narrator.

Killer Queen (21-23 February) features Izuka Hoyle as Jeanne, Christina Bennington as Marie Antoinette and Leo Ihenacho as Vilette.

The Taster Menu series will also feature current Arts Ed students Jessie AngellBilly DownesGeorge Griffiths, Ahmed Hamad, Emily Hammond, Emilia Harrigan,Jonathan Hermosa-Lopez and Connor Lewis.

MT Fest UK is a two-week festival of new musical theatre at The Other Palace from Monday 11 to Saturday 23 February 2019. The festival will present new work by both emerging and established writers, as well as talks and concerts from some of the most celebrated performers, writers and producers currently working in musical theatre. All tickets to events and performances are £10-15.

Casting is by Will Burton.


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