Composing

My main love is writing music and words for the theatre. Rehearsals are in progress for a two-person musical, Melody, which traces the story of a quiet hotel receptionist with a secret past.
In  2014 I staged Verity at the Old Fire Station in Oxford, and the show returned in 2018 with two performances at the OHS Drama Studio. This 90-minute musical gives a glimpse into the chaotic life of an ordinary working woman – jilted at the altar, facing the sack and hassled by her family. The company of 12 played to full houses and great audience feedback, and we hope to stage it again in the near future. Cast recordings are available here, and video extracts of the stage production can be found on my Youtube channel. Rehearsals will soon be underway for the ‘prequel’ to Verity, giving the groom’s side of the story: look out for more news of Dexter soon.

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Daddy’s Girls, a 90-minute musical for three voices, traces one day’s reunion of three half-sisters, summoned by the mysterious Sister Dora to sift through their late father’s effects. As the day progresses, we discover three very different memories of this enigmatic man – as well as the uneasy relationships between the sisters themselves. Daddy’s Girls has been performed at the Burton Taylor and Old Fire Station theatres in Oxford, featuring Jane Hainsworth, Rebecca Martin and Sarah Leatherbarrow, and you can hear a selection of songs from the show here

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Love Online, a romantic comedy written with Andy Milburn about two singles who live two doors apart but meet on the internet, has been staged by the Quince Players, the Starburst theatre company and Sainsbury’s Singers. A selection of tracks recorded live at a pre-production showcase can be heard here.

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Other compositions include a primary school musical based on ancient Greek tales; a soundtrack for Philip Hind’s documentary The Ultimate Survivor, and a piece for the Lunas Dance Company, Time Was, Time Is, Time Will Be, which was performed at the Old Fire Station in May 2014.

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I also write and arrange music for soloists and ensembles (above: performing Time Is, Time Was, Time Will Be with Lunas Dance), and compose songs for special events and for theatre workshops, including Creation Theatre‘s Put on a Musical Play in a Week projects. 

Reviews and Testimonials

Verity

“Such a gorgeous and clever score, loved it. Jazzy, catchy, dissonant, interesting”

“Great songs, clever clever lyrics, funny and touching storyline and as for THE CAST – stellar would just about cover it.”

“Fantastic lyrics and music, with a great company of singers!”

“Tuneful, catchy songs with clever, amusing lyrics”
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Daddy’s Girls

There is both humour and pathos in Nia Williams’s clever new musical … laughter, pensiveness and occasional bickering … entertaining songs and dance routines … wonderful moments … the songs were very catchy
Nicola Lisle, The Oxford Times 

“Great storyline with a nice twist. Very engrossing … Loved it “

“Excellent – both funny and sad

“Tuneful, catchy songs with clever, amusing lyrics”

“The acting was superb & I liked the choreography. What fantastic singers!” 
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