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Other Palace to host musical theatre scratch night

The Other Palace. Photo: Craig Sugden
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A musical theatre scratch night is being created at the Other Palace Theatre in London, which will aim to showcase new work and bring creators together.

The first All That Scratch event will take place in January at the Other Palace, which is owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and is co-produced with theatre company All That Productions.

Performances from the scratch night will also be recorded live and released as a podcast after the event.

Organisers said the project would be an outlet to share new work and nurture creative voices, but would also aim to “address the disconnect between entry level creatives and the ability to forge early collaborations by working together, without the commitment of putting together a full production”.

It will take place in the Other Palace’s studio, with the first event on January 28.

Alex Jackson and Charlie Norburn, from All That Productions, said: “As directors, we get really excited about new musical theatre. But the development of new musicals is often long and can be tough to finance and find collaborators to work with. The industry is brimming with exciting new composers, writers, directors, and performers, telling new stories and writing new songs.“

They added: “It can be difficult for artists across the country to share work at an early stage, or even find collaborators to work on an idea with. We want All That Scratch to be that platform where artists can come together to write a song, beginning a project that may culminate in a full, brand-new musical.”

Audiences will be able to contribute to the development process by giving feedback, and Jackson and Norburn said releasing the night’s performances as part of a podcast would also enable audiences outside London to access the musicals.

Kiki Stevenson, artistic programme co-ordinator at the Other Palace, added that the plans are “integral” to the theatre’s aim of nurturing fresh talent and providing opportunities for early-career musical theatre writers.

More information on submitting work for the first All That Scratch can be found here.

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