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Composer - Mayflower400, Mayflower Theatre

 Composer - Mayflower400, Mayflower Theatre
Summary:Commission Opportunity
Deadline: 14 January 2018
Date Posted: 29 November 2017
Details: Closes: 14th January 2018
Location: South East
Type: Part time
Salary: Paid (10k-15k pro rata)

As part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations taking place in 2020 Mayflower Theatre is working with key partners and will be commissioning new work in response to the Mayflower 400 story.

Over the past three months we have undertaken a series of workshops with local young people to elicit their responses to the Mayflower 400 story and identify key themes that still resonate now 400 years on. We will be developing four new one act musicals to be performed at Mayflower Theatre in August 2020. These will be performed by amateur and youth casts working with a professional creative team.

The composers selected will receive support and an opportunity to develop the work over the coming year.

Key partners in this project are the University of Winchester, Musical Theatre Network, Mercury Musical Developments, Southampton Music Hub and our Associate Artists.

We are not seeking to commission a historic retelling of the Mayflower story but rather four contrasting but complimentary pieces which respond to the themes of the story. We are seeking innovative responses to these themes which engage audiences now and can potentially be licensed and produced again in the future.

Details of the whole Mayflower 400 story can be found here:

The four 30 minute pieces will be presented separately as well as together. They must stand alone but also be linked thematically. Some work will be done by an Associate Artist of the theatre to create a choral linking piece across the works.

Each musical will ideally be 30 minutes in their entirety. Cast must be a minimum of 20 but maximum of 200 in each piece.

No fee will be payable for initial submissions. Fee for those shortlisted to return to pitching day - 500, fee for the music and lyrics - 6000.

Please note all fees are for the musical (sung elements) of the production including lyrics. They are for a one act musical, to be shared among the writing team.

For more information on this brief and to make a submission please contact Sara Scott on 02380 711810.