Students performing at the Scratch Night

Thursday 11th June saw the culmination of collaborations between students from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with a scratch night of 15-Minute Musicals.

CSSD MA Musical Theatre Writing students wrote the scripts and lyrics, whilst Institute students composed and scored the musical elements. Some performances were accompanied by BA Creative Musicianship Programme Leader, Atar Shafighian, on keys, whilst others had recorded and produced full backing tracks for the songs.

The musicals featured a diverse range of styles, both comic and serious, with tales of murder, supernatural beings and even a re-imagining of George Orwell’s 1984.

The collaborative Project was led by the Institute’s Creative Collaborations Coordinator, Richard Strange and Victoria Saxton, Programme Leader for CSSD’s MA in Musical Theatre Writing, and is a project that will be built upon with next year’s cohort.

Richard and Victoria said ‘We were delighted by the skill, the imagination and the diversity of the work shown, and we hope this will be the first of many collaborations between our two sets of students. Our thanks to all students who participated and showed such commitment at this very busy time of year. Looking forward to seeing your work in The West End and on Broadway in the years to come.”