29 episodes

Making a Musical: The Future of British Musical Theatre features exclusive previews of new musical theatre, curated and hosted by director Alex Jackson and The Other Palace Programme Manager, Kiki Stevenson.
Each episode will feature music and exclusive interviews with the writers and creatives of two new musicals at varying stages of development.
Formerly All That Scratch, the podcast returns in a new format and new name to delve deeper into the creative processes of writing a new musical. Previous shows featured have since premiered in the West End, and had extensive productions off West End, regionally and internationally.
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Making a Musical: The Future of British Musical Theatre The Other Palace

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Making a Musical: The Future of British Musical Theatre features exclusive previews of new musical theatre, curated and hosted by director Alex Jackson and The Other Palace Programme Manager, Kiki Stevenson.
Each episode will feature music and exclusive interviews with the writers and creatives of two new musicals at varying stages of development.
Formerly All That Scratch, the podcast returns in a new format and new name to delve deeper into the creative processes of writing a new musical. Previous shows featured have since premiered in the West End, and had extensive productions off West End, regionally and internationally.
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    S4, Ep10 In Clay written by Jack Miles and Rebecca Simmonds

    S4, Ep10 In Clay written by Jack Miles and Rebecca Simmonds

    A one-woman musical about the highs and lows of a life devoted to creating art. Our story follows Marie-Berthe Cazin, a Parisian ceramist in her mid 40s, as she prepares her house for the visit of Henrietta Tirman; renowned artist and her estranged best friend. As she does so, she begins to reminisce, and dream about what could have been.
    Featuring songs 'Talent’ performed by Alex Young and ‘Spark’ performed by Danielle Steers, live at The Other Palace.
    Jack Miles (he/him) Music & Lyrics/Producer
    Jack is a composer/lyricist with a Master's degree in Musical Theatre Writing from Goldsmiths. He is an associate artist of Profugo Arts, as well as an Iris Theatre Platform Artist. His shows include: St. Anne Comes Home (Actors Church), The Problem with Fletcher Mott (Drayton Arms), Adeline (Cockpit Theatre). @jackhasthisnow
    Rebecca Simmonds (she/her) Book & Lyrics/Producer 
    Rebecca holds a master’s degree in musical theatre composition from Goldsmiths, University of London, is a Selladoor New Writers Programme alumni and a part of the Book, Music & Lyrics Advance Group. She has previously directed and produced a number of Edinburgh fringe productions with Bedlam Theatre, EUSOG & For the Fans Productions and is currently developing a new show, “The Sesh” with writer and composer Rob Gathercole. @beccalouisesimmonds
    Follow With In Clay: @inclaymusical
    Follow The Other Palace: @TheOtherPalace
    Are you writing a new musical in the UK? Consider submitting your show for the podcast: https://theotherpalace.co.uk/making-a-musical-podcast/

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    • 49 min
    S4, Ep9 The Circle written by Rachel Walker Mason and Eloise Hodder

    S4, Ep9 The Circle written by Rachel Walker Mason and Eloise Hodder

    8 women join a local songwriting group called The Circle to make music but end up making connections that change their lives.
    Featuring songs 'Drown Without Water’ performed by Poppy Morgan and ‘Let the Women Eat’ performed by Sharon Rose.
    Rachel Walker Mason (she/her) Music & Lyrics
    A GRAMMY considered artist, finalist in Stiles and Drewe Best New Song 2023, recipient of a British Citizen Award for contribution to the arts, multi-award-winning musician, Woman Of The Year 2020, executive member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame and mental health ambassador. Rachel is mixed white and Asian, bisexual and disabled. Twitter: @rachwalkermason, Instagram: @rachelwalkermason
    Eloise Hodder (she/her) Book 
    Actor, director, interdisciplinary performer and educator. Worked as the director/creator of Trapped (Donmar and Endeavour), received the Jack Petchey Youth Community Project Award for Delicate Rose tour and nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Gannin’ Yem. Eloise has been an Education Associate for the Donmar, Bush Theatre and Michael Grandage Theatre Company. Twitter: @eloiseHH, Instagram: @eloisehodderofficial
    Follow The Circle: 
    Instagram: @thecirclemusical
    Twitter: @circle_musical
    Tiktok: @thecircle.musical
    Follow The Other Palace: @TheOtherPalace
    Are you writing a new musical in the UK? Consider submitting your show for the podcast: https://theotherpalace.co.uk/making-a-musical-podcast/

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    • 40 min
    S4, Ep8 With Courage written by Jon Hare

    S4, Ep8 With Courage written by Jon Hare

    Past and present intertwine in this new folk musical about the history, bravery, and sacrifices of our lifeboat communities. Witnesses to a tragedy in 1886, Charles and Marion Macara unite to support a town in grief, inspiring a nationwide movement set to forever change the tide of fundraising. Current day crew member, Shannon, balances her new family responsibilities with an inherited sense of duty to honour the legacy of family members past. In two hundred years, the same question remains - how far will you go to save a stranger?
    Featuring songs 'With Courage’ and ‘Grace’ performed by Jonathan Charles, Mary Erskine, Philippa Hogg, and Dyd Wynford.
    Jon Hare (he/him) Writer & Composer
    Jon's other musicals include Never Again, inspired by true events from WWI, and Charming, an 80s jukebox show set in a bankrupt kingdom 25 years after the failed marriage of Prince Charming and Cinderella. In 2021 he recorded a demo album for his Christmas family musical, The First Chris Moose, at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, with MD Dan Glover. Jon has been a freelance Production and Stage Manager for over fifteen years, working at National Theatre, Young Vic, Roundhouse, Windsor Castle, and others. He also works as a freelance consultant to international lyricists, specialising in helping those for whom English is not their first language. @horatiohare
    Steph Weller (she/her) Producer 
    Steph is an Old Vic 12 trained and Stage One supported producer, and is in-house producer for Reading Rep. Via her company PlayWell Productions, commissions and credits include the plays Live To Tell: (a Proposal for) The Madonna Musical, Very Special Guest Star, Clown Sex, and I Ain’t Dumb, and musicals Black Power Desk, Lesbian Pirates! and With Courage. China Plate is supporting Steph through the ongoing development of her new musicals via their Dark Room scheme. @stephweller @playwellprods
    Follow With Courage: @withcourageshow
    Follow The Other Palace: @TheOtherPalace
    Are you writing a new musical in the UK? Consider submitting your show for the podcast: https://theotherpalace.co.uk/making-a-musical-podcast/

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    • 43 min
    S4, Ep7 Music and Freedom written by Tim Gilvin & Grace Taylor

    S4, Ep7 Music and Freedom written by Tim Gilvin & Grace Taylor

    Alice Haywood is a woman in her 70s who, despite growing up as an incredibly accomplished pianist and moving from Australia to London to study, found herself in an abusive and controlling marriage, unable to exercise any control over her own life. Now, with the recent death of her husband, and through a friendship with her younger neighbour, Emily, Alice refinds her purpose, and goes on a journey to rediscover herself. At the end of the play, Alice finally exorcises the ghost of her husband Edward, when she takes an axe to the grand piano he bought for her 40 years ago.
    Featuring songs 'Pulling Away’ and ‘A Piano Is’ performed by Susie McKenna.
    Tim Gilvin (he/him) Music & Lyrics
    Tim Gilvin is a composer lyricist whose projects include Stay Awake, Jake (S&S Award Winner 2014; VAULT Festival 2016; Southwark Playhouse 2020), Unfortunate (Edinburgh 2019; London 2022) and Help! We Are Still Alive (Seven Dials Playhouse 2022). He has worked as an accompanist, MD and orchestrator within musical theatre, and also works extensively in education. @tim_gilvin
    Grace Taylor (she/her) Book, Lyrics & Director 
    Grace’s experience is as a musical theatre director and Music and Freedom is her first project as a writer. Current projects: associate director SIX The Musical (UK Productions, Hampton Court, Seoul, South Korea and Australian Tour); director for In Clay by Jack Miles and Rebecca Simmonds; director for a new version of The Hatpin by Peter Rutherford and James Millar; and director for Becoming Nigella by Emily Rose Simonds. @Gracetaylor_MT
    Follow The Other Palace: @TheOtherPalace
    Are you writing a new musical in the UK? Consider submitting your show for the podcast: https://theotherpalace.co.uk/making-a-musical-podcast/ 


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    • 44 min
    S4, Ep6 Public - The Musical written by Kyla Stroud, Hannah Sands, Natalie Stroud and Olivia Zacharia

    S4, Ep6 Public - The Musical written by Kyla Stroud, Hannah Sands, Natalie Stroud and Olivia Zacharia

    Usually avoid public bathrooms? Here's one you won't want to miss! This award-winning new musical follows four unlikely strangers who find themselves trapped together in a gender-neutral public toilet. With an hour to kill until maintenance arrives, the group navigates unexpected challenges, pungent opinions and some seriously sticky conversations.
    Featuring songs 'Minute by Minute’ and ‘Nervous Disposition’ performed by Kyla Stroud.
    Kyla Stroud (they/she) Composer, Book Writer, Associate Director & Co-producer 
    Kyla is the founder of Stroud&Notes. Kyla has worked in the entertainment industry for over 10 years as a professional singer-songwriter and events organiser. They previously won London’s Best Busker, went on to received a publishing deal with Kobalt Music, and supported artists Emeli Sande and Rhys Lewis. @iamlaky
    Hannah Sands (they/them) Co-Producer, Performance Direction & Book Writer 
    Hannah trained as a theatre director with Birkbeck Uni and the Manchester Royal Exchange. Most recently, they have been developing new musicals, working as Associate Director on a BLOODY ELLE: a gig musical (Fringe Festival Adelaide Winner; Whatsonstage nominee); and 42 BALLOONS (staged concert performances at the Vaudeville Theatre in Nov-22). @hannahsands6
    Natalie Stroud (she/her) Book Writer & Movement Director 
    Natalie is a choreographer and movement director for stage and screen. She is resident choreographer for Modal Productions Group having choreographed numerous music videos and the TV series ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’. Her experience is complimented by professional performer credits such as the UK tour of ‘Seussical the Musical’, ‘Honk!’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.@nataliestrouddance
    Olivia Zacharia (she/her) Musical Director 
    Olivia graduated from the University of Surrey in 2019 with a BMus (Hons) Music degree. She works predominantly as a Musical Director in London, but also works on creating transcriptions, arrangements, orchestrations; and frequents many audition rooms as an audition pianist.
    Follow Public - The Musical: @public_musical
    Follow The Other Palace: @TheOtherPalace
    Are you writing a new musical in the UK? Consider submitting your show for the podcast: https://theotherpalace.co.uk/making-a-musical-podcast/ 


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    • 40 min
    S4, Ep5 And The Winner Is… written by Elliot Clay & Hayley Doyle

    S4, Ep5 And The Winner Is… written by Elliot Clay & Hayley Doyle

    Meet the stand-ins behind the scenes at the Oscars – a group of actors who play the parts of the celebrities in camera rehearsals leading up to the big day. Hopping from the Dolby Theatre to LA’s bohemian coffee hotspots, this musical features a crew of loveable theatrical personalities who are living the life-adjacent to fame and asks, what does it really mean to "win"?
    Featuring songs ‘Hollywood Dream’ and ‘Closest I Get’ performed by Elliot Clay.
    Elliot Clay (he/him) Music & Lyrics
    Elliot Clay is a composer, lyricist and actor. His debut musical MILLENNIALS premiered at The Other Palace in summer 2022 and was nominated for the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off-West End Production. It is regularly played on Elaine Paige’s BBC Radio 2 programme and has twice been featured at West End Live in Trafalgar Square. As an actor he's played leading roles in the West End and internationally in The Mousetrap and Million Dollar Quartet. @elliotjclay
    Hayley Doyle (she/her) Book
    Born in Liverpool, Hayley made her West End debut in Mamma Mia! A short contract in Dubai turned into 7 years, where she launched her own theatre school, Hayley's Comet, and became a radio presenter on Dubai Eye. She landed a two-book deal with HarperCollins UK and her debut novel Never Saw You Coming was longlisted for The Guardian Not the Booker prize 2020. Hayley’s Comet is now a thriving theatre school in London. @hayleydolly
    Follow The Other Palace: @TheOtherPalace
    Are you writing a new musical in the UK? Consider submitting your show for the podcast: https://theotherpalace.co.uk/making-a-musical-podcast/

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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43 Ratings

43 Ratings

lawrence mich ,

Inspiring the next generation of writers!

In the theatre industry it’s very easy to feel like there’s hundreds of people capable of doing your job. This feels so true now in the world of new musicals.
Previously, it has sometimes discouraged me from wanting to write due to the feeling that it will never progress to being performed live. What this podcast is doing, is creating a safe community of a new generation, where sharing early stages of writing a musical can help people out of that rut and ensure that people fulfil their dreams or ambition of writing new musicals. It’s so great that Alex and Kiki are using this platform to share new interesting ways of getting your compositions heard. Thank you for everything!!

bristell ,

Amazing bite size tastes of some fab new musicals

I was introduced to this podcast from the lockdown quizzes and I’ve just finished binging series one. Wow! So much talent. I can’t wait to see unicorn and zombies!

GreekMapleLeafUK ,

Great way to discover new musical theatre

All That Scratch - What a great idea! Rather than an open mike night, which can be hit or miss in terms of quality, the team pre-screen the evening's participants so you know the level of quality is going to be pretty good.

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