BEAM Showcase

 

What is BEAM?

BEAM is a two-day biennial Musical Theatre Showcase, produced by Musical Theatre Network & Mercury Musical Developments.

What is it for?

BEAM aims to nurture an active and connected musical theatre community across the UK through which new work can be discovered and developed, and the artform advanced.

What will it do?

-Create a biennial forum through which artists, venues and producers interested in the development of new musical theatre can share work, ideas and practice;

– Showcase new writing and new voices, as well as demonstrate the breadth of new musical theatre being created in the UK and open up a conversation about what this artform can be;

– Facilitate the connections that spark new collaborations and ventures, encouraging future productions of new work.

When was the first one?

#BEAM2016 was held at the Park Theatre in 2016, followed by #BEAM2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East

When is the next one?

#BEAM2020 will take place in Spring 2020, with the venue yet to be announced.

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We’ve included some of our favorite response articles and Tweets from BEAM2016 and BEAM2018 below –

Matt Hemley: “UK could ‘fill every stage’ with British musicals – Beam:2016 conference” Click HERE to read.

Mark Shenton: “Witnessing the birth of a new age of British musical theatre” Click HERE to read.

Terri Paddock: “British musical theatre has just had its Woodstock moment: I was there” Click HERE to read.

Kate Golledge: “#BEAM16 – What does it stand for?” Click HERE to read.

 

Reasons to be cheerful about theatre no 1: #BEAM16. Diversity of stories, styles, talent overwhelming. And real commitment to staging them.”

#BEAM16 rocked! Massive thanks to @MercuryMusicals @MTheatreNetwork teams for running highest quality MT event in memory. Here’s to #BEAM18

#BEAM16 was a wonderful, really necessary event – proving musical theatre in Britain is as vibrant, daring and exciting as ever!”

BEAM16 lived up to its name. Shone a bright light on the state of musical theatre today and found imagination creativity and hope.”

#BEAM16 is unprecedented. What @MercuryMusicals @MTheatreNetwork are attempting is kind of a Cannes festival for musicals. Proud to be part.”

#BEAM16 in pictures

 

 

 

(Photo credits David Ovenden)

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MTN gratefully acknowledges support for BEAM2018 from Arts Council England, PRS For Music Foundation, Theatrical Rights Worldwide, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Musical Company and Broadway Licensing.

 

 

SUPPORTERS

David Luff, Soho Theatre
"The BEAM pitching days have helped us reach out to a host of diverse new musical theatre stars of the future. With a national reach and a desire to embrace musical theatre of all kinds, BEAM provides an excellent platform for emerging composers and songwriters to present their new ideas."
David Luff, Soho Theatre

OUR TWEETS

@MTheatreNetwork

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RT @MercuryMusicals: Calling all @MercuryMusicals & @MTheatreNetwork Members! You can attend this FREE event on creating and supporing #Mus…
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RT @mt_UoW: Excited to host this #BMTRI #symposium, Sat May 12th. This free event will bring the academy & industry together in conversatio…
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