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New Musical Theatre By Emerging Writers

Prelude is a cabaret event showcasing fresh new musical theatre writing and emerging talent. After a sold out performance at Above The Arts in May 2018, Prelude returned for one night only at Tristan Bates Theatre on Monday 18 June. Presented by a team of Mountview graduates and collaborators, the evening presented songs from a number of new shows currently in development. Featured musicals included Triangularity, Liz, Much Ado About Hero, Brothers, Audrey and Forgive Us, Oh Father.


The event featured a fresh line up of brand new material as well as hit songs from the first edition of Prelude. It showcased musicals created by Flora Leo, Harry Style, Amy Le Rossignol, Lexi Clare, Thomas Ryalls and Arnoud Breitbarth, brought to life by a host of emerging talent including Marc Mackinnon (Metropolis) and Charlotte Forster (In Versions). 


The event was held as a fundraiser to facilitate the 2018 instalment of Maiden Speech, a festival launched in 2017 that successfully staged nine new plays by female-identifying artists to critical acclaim.

Prelude was preceded by a series of live-streamed interviews that took place throughout the afternoon on Monday 18 June and shone a spotlight on the work of emerging creatives in the industry. The interview series was broadcast through Maiden Speech social media channels and featured a variety of guests including stage managers, composers, directors and producers.