BEAM2018 pitching days for industry showcase of new musical theatre, nationwide

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Do you have an idea for a new musical? If so, please consider pitching it for possible inclusion in BEAM2018, our industry showcase of new British musicals, to be held at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, on 1st and 2nd March 2018. Fill out an expression of interest form on our BEAM website, telling us which of 15 pitching days around the UK you would like to attend, to tell us about your idea. Pitching days will happen between 30 September and 27 November. Any UK-based creative with a professional track record is welcome to apply – you don’t need to have worked on a musical before.

Dates/venues:

Saturday 30th September – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Friday 6th October – Curve, Leicester
Wednesday 11th October  – National Theatre of Scotland (Rockvilla), Glasgow
Thursday 12th October – Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee
Friday 13th October – Sage, Gateshead
Monday 16th October – Cecil Sharp House, London
Wednesday 18th October – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Thursday 19th October – Soho Theatre, London
Friday 20th October – Watford Palace, Watford
Tuesday 31st October – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Wednesday 8th November – Theatre Royal Stratford East, London
Monday 13th November – The Other Palace, London
Monday 20th November – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Wednesday 22nd November – The Albany, London
Monday 27th November – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

How to apply

STEP 1 – Come up with a brilliant idea for a new musical.

You don’t have to have started developing it yet, though we’ll expect you to have a good idea of your artistic vision / the story you want to tell. Even better if you’ve written a song or two for it. Fully (or half) written musicals are welcome to be pitched too (as long as it hasn’t already received a full professional production), and song must be an integral part of your show idea for us to consider it a musical. We are looking for a wide range of work to be included in BEAM, representative of the broadest diversity of people living in the UK today – diverse not just in terms of whose stories are being told, but also in terms of the styles of music being used to tell those stories. If you believe you’re part of the future of British musical theatre, we want to believe that too  – inspire us to believe in your vision, and we’ll do our best to help you meet the right people to make it a reality!

STEP 2 – Check you’re eligible – you need to have a professional track record of past creative work (producers, directors and creatives from non-theatre disciplines are welcome to pitch, but if you’re not going to be one of the writing team, we’d expect at least one of the writers to be named in the pitch). You don’t need to have ever written or worked on a musical before. At least half the writing team of the musical must be resident in the UK. The musical you pitch can have been commissioned or workshopped already, but it can’t have received a fully professional production already (past student or non-professional stagings are fine). You also need to be available to come to BEAM2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London on 1st and 2nd March, if selected to present (travel bursaries will be made available to potentially contribute to travel costs of those attending from other parts of the UK).

STEP 3 – Fill out a one-page expression of interest form and send it to us before Monday 25th September (or by Friday 15th September if you want to pitch in Cardiff on 30th September). Filling out this form includes listing some relevant past experience to show you have a professional track record of creative work; and sharing with us how being selected to present at BEAM will benefit your career. You will also be asked to identify your first and second choice of pitching day venue (if you can only access one, just list one) – and if you are applying for a London slot, please just state “London”, not the specific venue, unless you are only able to make specific dates.

Once you’ve applied we’ll get back in touch to confirm your pitching time and venue by early October.

Apply here.

Access:
All pitching day venues will be wheelchair accessible. BSL interpretation will be provided for any pitches where this is required. Please inform us of any access requirements when filling out an expression of interest form - and if this form is not accessible, we are happy to receive an expression of interest verbally or via telephone.

Location

Various - see details of 15 pitching days on website

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