London Playwrights’ Workshop launches Women’s Musical Theatre Initiative

The Stage has just done a feature on our upcoming cabaret that is to support a new initiative for songwriters:

London Playwrights’ Workshop launches Women’s Musical Theatre Initiative

The launch cabaret, ‘Celebrating Female Songwriters’ on 12 February features an impressive lineup of artists. The full songwriter lineup includes:

Rebecca Applin (Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer 2017, 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 (Electrolyte; 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)

The evening will feature new material, showcasing the talents of these songwriters, alongside some more established beloved classic songs written by female songwriters that have provided influence or inspiration.

They will be joined by special guest Caroline Sheen (Mary Poppins, Helen Hayes Award).

All profits will go to support the running of WMTI workshop programmes.

A.C. Smith reached out to her songwriting partner, composer Bella Barlow, and they agreed they could do something about this.

Listing Information

Show event date: Monday 12 February 2018 at 8.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)

Venue: The Pheasantry, 152 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4UT (Tube: Sloane Square)

Ticket price: £15

Ticket booking link:

About Barlow & Smith: Composer Bella Barlow & Bookwriter/Lyricist A.C. Smith have been writing together since 2014. Their work has been called ‘exceptionally clever’ by the Musical Theatre Review. They have contributed songs to events including two-time Olivier Award winner Janie Dee’s ‘Dream Queen’ cabaret at the Globe Theatre, Kerry Ellis’s Pheasantry cabaret series (as guest songwriters), an H.R.H.’s 90th Birthday Gala at Theatre Royal Haymarket. Their new musical LOCK & KEY will premiere at VAULT Festival from 14-18 March directed by Adam Lenson (ticket link: Their work has received support from Old Vic New Voices, Criterion New Writing, Theatre Royal Stratford East, HIghTide Festival, and St James Theatre’s RE:act. Their debut album ‘Christmas in the City’ was produced by Ian Shaw, and released in 2015, and they were selected as Artists of the Week (‘Duvet Date Icons’) on JemmThree Radio, a station devoted to musical theatre. They are represented by Rachel Daniels at Berlin Associates.

Twitter: @smith_barlow

About London Playwrights’ Workshop: London Playwrights’ Workshop is a not-for-profit company run by playwrights for playwrights, that was set up to support emerging writers in achieving their artistic and career goals. It is run by Director A.C. Smith and Head of Writer Development Kimberley Andrews, who together co-founded London Playwrights’ Blog in 2013. In 2016, they produced the Dark Horse Festival at London Writers’ Week with support from Arts Council England, showcasing work from writers Sonali Bhattacharyya, Sophia Chapadjiev, Eva Edo, John Murray and Ash Sohoye. LPW runs workshops and events targeted and emerging writers, and the organisation’s popular blog, which shares advice and opportunities, is visited by over 5,000 writers per month. In 2017, the organisation launched a members scheme, where for the price of a cup of coffee per month writers can gain access to special advice, online masterclasses and workshop initiatives (with a skillshare option available for those unable to pay). LPW works daily to empower writers to support each other and create their own work. The organisation’s hope is to democratise the industry, ensuring that the most talented voices can access advice and support regardless of their background, and providing an encouraging community for writers at all stages of their careers.


Upcoming Show Dates

Cabaret: Celebrating Female Songwriters - 12th February 2018

Musical: Lock & Key by Barlow & Smith - Vault Festival 14-18th March 2018