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No Man's Land - Youth Music Theatre UK

Meet the Creatives: No Man's Land

About The Show

No Man's Land, playing at the Square Chapel in Halifax from Aug 18 - 19, is part of Youth Music Theatre UK’s boundary pushing Dance Connections series that boldly combines complex vocal soundscapes and improvisation with daring contemporary movement.

This empowering musical is all about a young woman, driven by the promise of freedom and what it seems to offer, leaves everything behind. But at what cost?

This physically visceral and immersive, promenade show, features a 38-strong all-female cast. Inspired by a true story, it tackles contemporary themes such as community, belonging, migration and repression.

Director/Choreographer Rachel Birch-Lawson harnesses the experimental spirit of devising and ensemble work in creating a unique production that not only challenges the conventions of musical theatre, it breaks the mold.  While Nicola Chang’s (STOMP!) intricately woven score blends contemporary, classical and electronic music, layered with live choral qualities and rhythmic textures, to create a breathtakingly fresh soundscape.

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Nicola Chang: Composer & Musical Director

Nicola Chang - No Man's Land
Originally from Hong Kong, Nicola is a London-based musician who writes music and creates soundscapes for theatre and film. As a composer, Nicola mainly writes in the veins of Classical/Contemporary Classical, Jazz and Electronica. She is also a cast member of STOMP! World Tour and a freelance percussionist/pianist.

Her most recent theatre composition/sound design credits include Lord of the Flies (Greenwich Theatre), There or Here (Park Theatre), Heretic Voices (Arcola Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (King’s Head) and Thirty-Three (Leicester Square Theatre).  In December 2017, she conducted the Notting Hill Film Orchestra playing her original film score to The Perfect Dinner, accompanied by a live screening of the film.

YMT is extremely excited to have Nicola composing and musically directing No Man’s Land!

Rachel Birch-Lawson: Concept & Choreographer

Rachel Birch - Lawson
Rachel trained at London Contemporary Dance Schools and European choreographic programme Dance Beyond Borders which took place in Germany Belgium, Portugal and the UK.  She directs and choreographs movement-based work within dance, theatre, opera, and music theatre. Her work has been performed across the UK, Europe and Africa, supported by organisations including Arts Council England, Kent County Council, the British Council, South East Dance, and Gulbenkian.  She has created work for companies including Garsington Opera, Cahoots NI, and Tangled Feet, and has taught at universities and conservatoires around the world! 

We can't wait to see how Rachel's worldly dance experience translates to the YMT stage!

Khyle Eccles: Choreographer & Rehearsal Director

Khyle Eccles - No Man's Land

Khyle is an international dance professional, with a broad practice and knowledge base. Khyle holds a masters degree in dance science and is one of only a handful of strength coaches for dancers. He lectures at Trinity Laban, Arts University Bournemouth, Academy of Dramatic Arts Sagreb, One Dance UK, and previously London Contemporary Dance School and Kingston University.

He trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and has toured globally with numerous performance companies on large and small scale creations. From Dance Theatre of Irelands Block Party, to STREB Extreme Action Company’s One Extraordinary Day, to Luca Silvistrini’s (in)Visible Dancing and many more!

Khyle and Rachel have worked together on numerous successful projects and we're excited to have them choreographing No Man’s Land!


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