The Other Palace and Mercury Musical Developments present Musical Bites, a lunchtime series of readings that provide new musical theatre writers an opportunity to share a 45-min except of their work in progress in front of supportive audiences.
- New British musical with a completed draft or final script, that can be condensed to a meaningful sharing of no more than 45 min
- At least half the writing team of the musical must be resident in the UK.
- The musical can have been commissioned or workshopped already, but it can’t have received a professional production.
- The piece must be able to be performed by max 4 actors, including musical director/pianist, due to space restrictions.
There is no fee to partake in this rehearsed reading. The writer will be compensated with the event ticket income, with the expectation that they will share fairly amongst all participating.
Submissions for the 2024 Spring season will be announced in early 2024.
Previously featured shows
14 Sept – Candor
Based on the novel by Pam Bachorz
Book, Music & Lyrics: Sinead Hegarty
Additional Arrangements: Kevin Oliver Jones
Director: Rebeka Dio
Cast: Rhys Whitfield, Sinead Hegarty, Lewis Asquith, Ellie Birch
In the town of Candor, Florida, everything is perfect. That’s thanks to the brainwashing Messages hidden in the music. The mayor’s son, Oscar, decides to help new girl Nia to escape before she becomes a Candor clone. But how far will he go to save her?
28 Sept – FLIP
Book, Music & Lyrics: Josh Bird & Giles Fernando
Director: Penny Gkritzapi
Cast: Amelia Walker, Jade Johnson and Julie Atherton
Karate Kid-meets-skateboarding, with a twist. FLIP follows Sam, inspired by Olympian Sky Brown, who, when she fails at sports day, battles her headmistress mother, her demons and her jealous best friend, to follow in her absent father’s footsteps and skateboard. If she could succeed, would he return?
12 Oct – The Forty Elephants
Book & Lyrics: Sophie Boyce
Music: Einar Adalsteinsson
Cast: Ashlie Kenyon-Evason, Layla Armstrong-Hughes, Ryan Bennett, and Charlotte Webb
Based on true events, this is the story of the Forty Elephants; the all-woman crime-ring that operated 19th Century London. Their story is scarcely told, their antics hardly known, but now they’re brought to life in a musical that toasts to women’s rights… but even more so, women’s wrongs.
26 Oct – Chosen
Writing / Creative team: Taiyo Yoshida & Dominic Varney
Cast: Julie Atherton, Georgina Scott, and Jonathan Bourne.
Chosen is a pop-rock comedy book musical about Sue, an IT Support Technician, who wakes from a coma to discover a meteor has hit the Earth, turning half the population into zombies. After accidentally killing the zombies’ prophesied ‘Chosen One’, Sue must assume their identity and save humanity herself.
9 Nov – Bette and Joan and Baby Jane
Book: Tracy-Ann Oberman & Shaun McKenna
Music: James Cleeve
Lyrics: Nikki Racklin
Performers: Sophie-Louise Dann, Gillian Kirkpatrick & Jack Reitman
Bette and Joan and Baby Jane is adapted from Tracy-Ann Oberman’s original BBC radio drama of the same name. The year is 1961. In the twilight of their careers, Hollywood grande dames Bette Davis and Joan Crawford grapple with their deep-seated rivalry on the set of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
23 Nov – Ukulele Days
Writer: Amy Clare Tasker
Director: Nicky Allpress
Dramaturg: Tricity Vogue
Musical Director: Tom James McGrath
Cast: Anne-Marie Piazza, Joe da Costa, Toby Bradford, and Lata Nobes
At the Seaside Ukulele Festival, music brings a community together – but fierce competition at the song contest threatens to tear it apart again when sparks fly between ex-bandmates Bibi and Ben. Pitch Perfect meets Much Ado About Nothing in this new musical for actor-musicians and the world’s cheeriest instrument.
Book, Music, Lyrics: Kitty Morgan
Producer: Adam Nichols, OVO Theatre
Cast: Adam Morris, Melissa O’Donnell, AJ Deane, Kitty Morgan
The Rise and Fall of Vinnie & Paul
Book, Music & Lyrics: Neil Bastian
Cast: Max Alexander-Taylor, Charlie McCullagh
GRIMM: The Musical
Book & Lyrics: Josh Kemp and Tom Ling
Music: Josh Kemp
Guitar: Josh Kemp
Cast: Tom Ling, Eleanor Cozens, Geddy Stringer, Alice Hoult
Book, Music & Lyrics: Emily Rose Simons
Director: Grace Taylor
Musical Director: David Merriman
Cast: Tanya Truman & Natasha Karp
The Attic: Because a Woman Should Know Her Place
Book & Lyrics: Estee Stimler
Music: Yuval Havkin
Cast: Kaisa Hammarlund, Michael Vinsen, Jade Johnson, Claire Learie
Book, Lyrics & Music: Elan Butler
Associate Artists: Bullet Point Theatre
Cast: Lucinda Coyle, Bradley Luckett, Elan Butler, Rosie Weston