Rebecca Applin wins Cameron Mackintosh composer competition
Rebecca Applin has been named as the first female winner of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme.
She will become resident composer at both the Mercury Theatre in Colchester and the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich for 12 months.
The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme pairs musicians with venues so they can gain experience writing for theatre.
As part of the 12-month placement, Applin is expected to undertake work at both theatres, including setting text to music, underscoring plays and creating new musical theatre productions.
Applin said she was “thrilled” to be chosen for the placement”, adding: “This is such a wonderful opportunity to be able to explore theatre composition in a variety of contexts, and I can’t wait to get started on this exciting collaboration with both theatres.”
Mercury Theatre artistic director Daniel Buckroyd and New Wolsey Theatre artistic director Peter Rowe helped select Applin from a number of applicants, who were invited to apply in July.
Buckroyd said: “Pete Rowe and I were bowled over by the quality of submissions from composers – there really is a vibrant new music theatre scene in the UK at the moment.”
The scheme, which began in 2012, has previously placed six composers with theatres including Bristol Old Vic, Soho Theatre and the Watermill in Newbury.