The UK Musical Theatre Conference 2019 takes place on Fri 15 March 10.45am – 5.45pm here at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, co-produced by Mercury Musical Developments & Musical Theatre Network.
This year’s biennial Conference will have a focus on Touring Mid-Scale New British Musical Theatre.
The day will feature eight strategic discussions, including panels and provocations, each featuring industry leaders and leading musical theatre artists, examining different aspects of the opportunities and challenges for touring new British musical theatre on the mid-scale. As you’ll see from the discussion topics below, these will be of interest to anyone involved in writing, developing or staging new musical theatre – as well as to anyone involved in touring musicals. Anyone is welcome to attend the day to think possibility, identify opportunities, and get inspired about future improvements!
Schedule for the day:
10.00am – Registrations / Networking
10.45am – DISCUSSION ONE: Now – Opening thoughts from industry leaders on the current landscape of new musical theatre in the UK, and why mid-scale touring of new musicals needs our attention for the day.
11.55am – (Option A) DISCUSSION TWO: Development – Industry panel on how best to develop new musicals suited to mid-scale touring, and how to nurture writers through the transition from writing small- to mid-scale musicals.
11.55am – (Option B) DISCUSSION THREE: Models – Industry panel exploring various different approaches/business models for touring new musicals.
1pm – Lunch
2pm – (Option A) DISCUSSION FOUR: Parallels – Case studies of successful approaches to touring in other art-forms that could inform best practice in touring new musical theatre.
2pm – (Option B) DISCUSSION FIVE: Provocations – Short provocations from a range of artistic trailblazers sharing fresh ideas and top tips on how touring new musicals could be made more viable.
3.10pm – DISCUSSION SIX: Co-Producing – Industry panel leads discussion on best practice approaches to collaboration and partnerships; how to make a touring co-production of a new musical work.
4.25pm – Tea/Coffee Break
4.40pm – (Option A) DISCUSSION SEVEN: Audiences – Industry panel leads discussion on how best to nurture mid-scale audiences for new musicals.
4.40pm – (Option B) DISCUSSION EIGHT: Next – Facilitated discussion exploring possible next steps for touring new musicals on the mid-scale.
5.45-6.45pm – Networking
Please note, the contents of the schedule is subject to change.