West Yorkshire Playhouse and Musical Theatre Network (MTN) are delighted to announce their first ever joint commission, for Bradford based company Tribe Arts.
The commission was offered as part of the Playhouse and MTN Musical Theatre Scratch Night – an evening looking for fresh ideas for work where song is an integral part of the storytelling. Tribe Arts’ contemporary blend of music, movement and story made a big impact on the night and the Playhouse and MTN were unanimous in wanting to support the development of the idea. This commission will allow Tribe Arts to workshop the piece further at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and to receive creative mentoring from poet and playwright Lemn Sissay.
James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse, said: “We are excited to be able to support Tribe Arts as they explore new and fresh approaches to Musical Theatre. Teaming Tribe up with Lemn Sissay, who is an artist with a long association with WYP is a terrific way of linking the Playhouse’s previous work with the future.”
Caroline Routh, Executive Producer of Musical Theatre Network, adds: “We were really excited by the range of work in the scratch night, as we felt that all the artists involved were pushing the boundaries of what musical theatre could be. We were particularly impressed by Tribe Arts, whose piece had a real freshness and energy, and we are delighted to be able to support them to develop it further.”