I’m a freelance musician and writer based in Oxford, UK. Please use the menu to find out about my work, and drop me a line if you’d like to know more—follow the link to the Contact page.
NEW FOR 2021:
TOUCHED—my new novel, about families, and other forms of insanity, is now available as paperback or ebook from Amazon. If you’d like to read it and review it that would make my day!
SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN—digital monologues and sonnets from Three Chairs and a Hat, directed by Wayne T Brown
CARTOON MUSICALS—a different kind of musical theatre—see below for some tasters…
During the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve had to find new ways of sharing music and theatre. In my case this has involved grappling with video-editing and taking my first steps into animation. I’ve always enjoyed drawing and this seems like an interesting direction to take my musical theatre work. It’s a steep learning curve and I’m still in the foothills, but it’s fun!
We’ll Work Together—This short animation is, set to a song from ‘Loom to the Moon,’ a musical which I co-wrote with magician Simon Jones to take to children’s hospital wards. If you enjoy it, please consider donating to Blue Skye Thinking, the children’s charity established in memory of Skye Hall. Details via the video link.
Animated versions of two songs from my forthcoming musical Lady M, featured on Scenesaver, an award-winning platform for fringe and Off-West-End theatre. This video and THREE STAGES (featuring Matthew Allison) were Three Chairs and a Hat’s contribution to the winter online fringe in January, and can also be seen on the company’s YouTube channel.
You can also see our Three Chairs and a Hat contributions to the summer online fringe festival here:
The Singing Lesson
Pamela Drysdale’s Lockdown
THREE CHAIRS & A HAT - Minimum props, maximum imagination—that's the aim of Three Chairs and a Hat, the team of talented performers and backstage magicians who stage my small-stage musicals and bring my work to life ONE, TWO, THREE, AND … - I'm looking forward to paused and new shows springing back into life, and can't wait to get back into rehearsal rooms, theatre spaces, or even the howling gales and downpours of the outdoor performance. OUTREACH PROJECTS - The dance goes on, as our Oxford Dance for Parkinson's sessions go online to discover characters, themes and music based on Jane Austen's classic novel. READ ALL ABOUT IT! - 'Complex and delightful' … 'sharp humour, novelty and insight'—some of the lovely feedback for my novel TOUCHED (and I promise it wasn't from me). Available as ebook and paperback: click the cover at the foot of the page to get your order in! BECCA - A tribute to my friend and musical soulmate MAKING MUSICALS - Songs, movement, dialogue and drawings—all part of the fun at my workshops at Didcot's Cornerstone Arts Centre, and the Creation Theatre holiday sessions OPERA ON TOUR - The Opera Anywhere team brings Mozart, Puccini, modern opera and Gilbert & Sullivan to new audiences in theatres, schools, cafés and cowsheds across the country LOOM TO THE MOON - A music and magic mash-up in the new Loom to the Moon musical, co-written with Simon Says, who'll be amazing audiences with his wizardry when the show takes to children's wards around the UK in support of charity Blue Skye Thinking ...