Summer Residency 2021: Developing a New Musical


Are you aged 18-25? Do you love musicals?

This summer, we are creating a new ensemble of performers, designers and technicians to collaborate with Harry Blake and Jennifer Fletcher on the early development of a brand new piece of musical theatre.

The residency will take place from 12 – 25 July 2021. It’s free to take part and accommodation and all meals are provided.

About the Project

Harry and Jen say: “We’ve spent the past year developing an idea for a musical comedy and we can’t wait to explore the material for the very first time with ArtsLab this summer. We’ll be focusing on the role of music and dance, exploring some prepared material and creating new work to share in a public performance.

The residency will involve a mixture of training exercises, testing new work and creating new material, culminating in an evening of performance at The North Wall. We are looking for creative performers with an interest in music and dance in any form. You don’t have to be a triple threat to apply!”

About Harry and Jen

Harry and Jen are theatre-makers with specialisms in music and movement. They work together to make innovative and contemporary musical theatre that blurs the boundaries between genres and has something to say about the world we live in.

They have collaborated as creatives on a wide range of productions including The Sandman (Southwark Playhouse), THOR & LOKI (HighTide) and The Beggar’s Opera (Storyhouse). Other credits include Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (West End and national tour), As Long as the Heart Beats (National Theatre Wales) and Wild East (Young Vic).

With thanks to

Our principal sponsor St Edward’s School and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

How to Apply

Applications for this project are now closed.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to an informal interview on the 29 or 30 May over Zoom.

We aim to inform candidates by 7 June 2021.

If you have any questions please get in touch with Amelia Thornber, our Assistant Producer, on

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