Making Musicals with Gus Gowland

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Showing on:
Tue 13 July 2021
1 hour 30 mins approx
Mercury Online

Join us for a six week Musical Theatre writing course for beginners with Gus Gowland (Pieces of String), delivered online!

Always wanted to write a musical but didn’t know where to start?

Perhaps you’ve got some songs but you’re not sure how to develop them into a show?

Maybe you just love musicals and want to know more about how they’re made!

This six-week course explores the fundamentals of musical theatre, providing practical techniques to develop your writing and personal feedback and support to develop your ideas.

Each session will be a blend of traditional teaching, group work and individual writing tasks, designed to inspire, motivate and encourage creative thinking. There will be some exercises to complete between sessions, but they definitely won’t feel like homework!

Over the course of six weeks, you’ll develop your understanding of and skills in writing musical theatre, exploring vital components such as structure, plot, creating characters and song-setting across the following weeks:

  • Week 1, 13 Jul: ‘We start today’
  • Week 2, 20 Jul: ‘Words, words, words’ 
  • Week 3, 27 Jul: ‘Music of the night’ 
  • Week 4, 3 Aug: ‘Books’ 
  • Week 5, 10 Aug: ‘Putting it together’
  • Week 6, 17 Aug: ‘It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish’ 

Whether you’re aiming to hone your skills or discover new ones, this course will help you unlock your creative voice.

By looking at existing musicals to see how they did it – and using practical exercises to learn how you do it – this course will boost your confidence and reveal your potential in a safe, supportive and collaborative environment.

About Gus Gowland

Gus is an award-winning writer and composer from London, UK. His first full-length musical Pieces of String premiered in 2018 at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. It was The Stage’s Best Regional Musical of the year and was nominated for the UK Theatre Best Musical Production award.

Gus has been commissioned by theatres including Theatre Royal Stratford East and has developed shows with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Leeds College of Music. He won The Stage Debut Award for Best Composer/Lyricist, and was nominated for the inaugural Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Musical Theatre Bookwriting. He has been shortlisted for the Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Award twice, the Perfect Pitch Award and is a recipient of an MGCFutures Bursary.

Gus is also a celebrated and respected teacher of musical theatre, working with students across the UK to develop their practice. Most recently, his generous and supportive approach earned him a nomination for Best New Faculty Member at UCS.

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