Musical Theatre Darkroom

A brand new musical theatre artist development programme


Musical Theatre Darkroom 2016

The Musical Theatre Darkroom 2016, bought together four experienced theatre makers who were new to musical theatre and four experienced musical theatre makers to take part in a six month development programme. The initiative was based on our Darkroom artist development programme, which has run since 2004.

The Musical Theatre Darkroom seeks to inspire innovative musicals in an environment where experienced theatre makers new to the musical theatre world can influence and be influenced by established musical theatre practitioners – and vice versa. The programme included a residential retreat and a practical laboratory and culminated in participant artists pitching their ideas for new musicals to a carefully selected group of potential producers.

James Hadley, Executive Director, Musical Theatre Network said Musical Theatre Network is excited about the growing interest in musical theatre from more experimental artists, acknowledging that commercial West End musicals are only part of as broad an artistic spectrum of musicals as there is of music or theatre in general. Musical Theatre Darkroom is a catalyst for new creative dialogues which will hopefully speak in new ways to audiences who might not have listened in previously.

The Musical Theatre Darkroom was led by China Plate and the Musical Theatre Network, in partnership with Royal & Derngate Northampton, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Harlow Playhouse and Farnham Maltings’ greenhouse initiative. The project was supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Participating Artists

Bola Agbaje

Katie Lyons

Ella Grace

Tim Sutton

Craig Adams

Pippa Cleary

Caroline Horton

Rash Dash