Barlow & Smith

Celebrating Female Songwriters

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Last Show: Monday 12 th February 2018

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

In the past 10 years, 90% of musical writers have been men (The Stage, 2017) - and yet, there has been an explosion of female talent in the British new writing scene. Hosted by songwriting team Barlow & Smith, this concert celebrates female songwriters past and present, for an evening of fun and brilliant music. This event is a fundraiser for a new programme currently in development with London Playwrights' Workshop, which will support female songwriters at different levels of their careers. They will be joined by eight accomplished songwriters including Zara Nunn (PRS For Music Foundation Award Winner, In Versions), Susannah Pearse (Jabberwocky) and special guest Caroline Sheen (Mary Poppins, Helen Hayes Award).

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"There's no excuse for the dire lack of musicals written by women"

The Stage

Composer Bella Barlow & Bookwriter/Lyricist A.C. Smith are a new musical theatre writing team who have been described as ‘exceptionally clever’ and a ‘bright new songwriting team’ by the Musical Theatre Review. Their new show 'Lock and Key' will premiere at VAULT Festival in March 2018, directed by Adam Lenson and presented by Warehouse Musical Productions. Barlow & Smith's work has appeared at venues including the Globe Theatre, HighTide, St James Studio, Arts Theatre Upstairs, and H.R.H.'s 90th birthday gala at Theatre Royal Haymarket, and their debut album is available on iTunes (produced by Ian Shaw). For this initiative, they are partnering with London Playwrights' Workshop, a not-for-profit organisation that supports emerging writers in pursuing their creative and career goals. LPW runs workshops and programmes for writers, and over 5,000 writers per month use the online resources on the organisation's blog. 

Featured Songwriters include:

  • Rebecca Applin (Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer 2017, 2 x BAFTA nominated)
  • Bella Barlow (Dream Queen Cabaret with Janie Dee at Globe Theatre)
  • Izo Fitzroy (Skyline album - gospel/blues)
  • Rosabella Gregory (City Stories - Brits Off Broadway Festival NYC)
  • Kate Marlais (Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer 2018 at Lyric Hammersmith)
  • Maimuna Memon (as performer - Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park, Lazarus)
  • Zara Nunn (PRS For Music Foundation Award Winner, In Versions)
  • Susannah Pearse (Jabberwocky with YMT)
  • A.C. Smith (Lock and Key at VAULT Festival)
  • Alex Young (Winner of S&S Award 2015; as performer - Young Sally in Follies at National Theatre)

For more information, please visit, The Stage and Broadway World articles.