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Alexander Rudd: The Movie, TV and Theatre Composer of our show, Help! Get Me Out of This Musical!


Taking place at South Hill Park Arts Centre, 10-12 August, the brand new Help! Get Me Out of This Musical is a hilariously bonkers and endearing love song to musical theatre! Littered with references (and cheeky parodies!) of our favourite West End and Broadway hits, it is an unforgettable experience for all lovers (and even haters!) of musical theatre.

And who better to ceate the music for this celebratory show other than award-winning film, TV and theatre composer, Alexander Rudd. 

Alexander has been the featured UK Composer in the International Artists Workshop for the European Union. His concert works have been performed throughout Europe, UK and the U.S.A. His theatre work includes numerous commissions in the UK and U.S  and collaborated on numerous musicals. Having been awarded the highest prize for composition at Trinity College of Music, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to study film scoring at USC. In 2009, Alexander moved to the US to study Film Scoring at the University of Southern California's Thornton School Of Music in Los Angeles.

Having worked on the music for film hits such as Unknown (Warner Bros) (starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger), as well as having conducted music for the sensational TV series, Lost (ABC), Alexander's musical talent and skill is highly respected.

Whilst studying in LA he was fortunate enough to meet and learn from composer and songwriter Randy Newman (Joy, Monster’s University, Toy Story) who became his mentor. Alexander’s latest collaborations include an album of new songs co-written with academy- award-winning lyricist Don Black (Diamonds Are Forever, The Man With The Golden Gun). The album entitled Stay Away From Stars was recorded with the English Session Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, featuring the vocals of Mica Paris, Mairead Carlin and Polly Gibbons and a new classical/rock album with Alex James (Blur) for Sony/ATV.

So come on down to hear Alexander's new music in Help! Get Me Out of This Musical - it's a treat you will be gutted to miss! 

Playing at South Hill Park Arts Centre, 10-12 August, get your tickets HERE!

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.

Get your tickets HERE!

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!


Be sure to BOOK your tickets to this amazing show HERE

Cautionary Tales - Youth Music Theatre UK

Cautionary Tales: A YMT Production


Playful yet profound, Cautionary Tales is a magnificent new musical extravaganza for all the family.

A classroom of quirky characters, who together, as a team of comic rebels, decide it is time to rewrite the rule book and create a new set of cautionary tales!  Inspired by the delightfully playful and poetic, miniature stories of Hilaire Belloc. Join us for a riotous, irresistible adventure of unlikely morals, brilliant antics and charming eccentricities.

Featuring enchanting music by award-winning composer Rebecca Applin this production brings the magic and wonder of childhood imagination and creativity to life.

Welcome to Gloamsville

A simply awful town, run by simply awful adults.  Gloamsville is grey; the Butchers shop is grey, the allotments are full of grey, dry dusty soil, the police station is grey, the school is grey, and The Lane where all of the inhabitants of Gloamsville live is grey.  The Club might not be grey, but we wouldn’t know that because we’re not allowed in there, only the awful adults are allowed in there.  And as for The Room of Mysterious Things…who knows.  No-one’s ever been in there except the Keeper of the Room of Mysterious Things.  And that’s the way it has always been, and always will be. 

Meet the children of Gloamsville

All of the children have super powers….

  • The Trockels can tie anything into knots and then untie it again! They could make a whole BUILDING out of knotted things if they were allowed to.
  • The Fishbucket siblings can make their hair become magnetic and stand on end.
  • The Worselman children can calculate and program anything at lightning speed.
  • The Bittingworths could lift an elephant each if there happened to be an elephant that needed lifting.
  • The Hammingtons know the answer to any question that has ever been asked!

All of these children were born with amazing talents, but the adults are sure to tell them that they can never, NEVER use these gifts because otherwise ‘disastrous things’ happen. But what would happen if all of the adults in the town were to vanish?  Would the children’s special abilities turn the town upside down, or create color, life and zest?  You’ll have to see for yourself this 11 – 12 August at the Barbican Theatre!



Youth Music Theatre UK - Paperboy

The Reviews are in and Paperboy is a HIT!


This past weekend, Youth Music Theatre UK's musical adaptation of Tony Macaulay’s much-loved memoir hit the stage for the first time at the Lyric Theatre Belfast.  Paperboy truly brought Tony’s childhood to life. It’s 1975 and 12 year old Tony dutifully goes about his paper round.  Belfast in the seventies is like the newspaper he delivers: everything is black and white, albeit orange and green.  There are bombings on the evening news, but he’s more interested in Doctor Who, the Bay City Rollers, outer space, and of course, the girl of his dreams: Sharon Burgess!

Comedian, Andrew Doyle, and Belfast singer-songwriter Duke Special perfectly combined narrative comedy with atmospheric music that nostalgicly takes you back in time, drawing you into Tony’s world.  Directors Steven Dexter and Dean Johnson briliantly brought young Tony’s thoughts, feelings and life overall into fruition.


Sold Out Shows Followed by Glowing Reviews

'West End transfer shouldn’t be out of the question for Paperboy' (Irish News)

'There's no mistaking quality when you see it and Sam Gibson as Paperboy Tony is a revelation. Amazing stage presence, terrific voice - he's the real deal. Like any good paperboy, he delivers' (Belfast Telegraph)

'A lot of plays have been written from the perspective of different sides of the conflict. Few adequately explore people who chose to walk the middle line, discovering and questionging all traditions.  Paperboy remails very true to Tony Macaulay’s history of peace building' (Alan in Belfast)

'There is a line a minute to bring a smile to your face' (Culture Hub)

'Charming and Imaginative.' (The Stage)

'The audience was swept along by our lovable paperboy Tony Macaulay'  (Belfast Times)

'Doyle's script and lyrics, Wilson's music, and the cast of thirty-five never miss a beat in their drive to entertain' (The Big List). 

Twitter Was Absolutely Buzzing After the Show!

'Having read @tonymacaulay's #Paperboy I was keen to see how it would translate to the @LyricBelfast stage. @DukeSpecial & @andrewdoyle_com have done a superb job, and the young @ymtuk cast were excellent. Took me back to my own youth & perfectly captured the era. 1st class show.' - @CrAm723

I laughed out loud, I shed a tear. How brilliant to be able to take my own son to see my childhood brought to life. #paperboy by @tonymacaulay and the fantastic talented cast from @ymtuk Wonderful show. - @IanWoodsSky

Absolutely loved #paperboy at the @LyricBelfast! So funny and full of our wonderful Belfast humour. Lots of emotion and poignancy too. Big fan of the book so was amazing to see it brought to life. Script and music were brilliant. Lovely to speak to @tonymacaulay after too! - @_mels13

Absolutely loved, laughed, clapped, cheered and nearly cried just once #PaperBoy @ymtuk @LyricBelfast a must see! - @SuzanneLea2

A Winter's Tale: A Fresh New Take on Shakespeare's Classic


 ‘In this tale, we see the potential young people have to change the world’ Director, Bronagh Lagan

A Winter’s Tale, playing at Rose Theatre Kingston from Aug 30 – 2 Sep, is a brand new musical fusing the essence of the Shakespearean classic with the genius of writer Nick Stimson, and composer Howard Goodall CBE.

What is A Winter’s Tale About?

This production breathes new life into what we think we know about Shakespeare’s original play. Music, by Emmy, BRIT and BAFTA award winning composer, Howard Goodall CBE, adds a whole new layer of emotion as it shifts the tone from dark, brooding passions, to sunshine and redemption.

This musical re-imagining of the play plots the tale of a despotic ruler’s jealousy spiralling dangerously out of control, of it consequences and betrayals but also, ultimately, of love, loyalty and redemption.  A Winter’s Tale is a celebration of young people and how they may repair the damage of the broken world they inherit.  It bursts with humour and song and, after some anger and turmoil, basks in the golden sun of a summer shore.

The Creatives speak ahead of the production saying…

"I am absolutely thrilled that YMT UK are bringing A Winter's Tale to The Rose Theatre Kingston (my local theatre). This story about the redemptive power of young people could not be more relevant to the world of 2018. Spoiler: Love Wins!"  -Howard Goodall CBE, Composer

“Really looking forward to making a start on Howard Goodall's epic score with this fabulous cast and creative team, it’s going to be a terrific piece of theatre.” -Greg Arrowsmith, Musical Director

We also caught up with some of the incredibly talented Cast members…

“It’s brilliant to be performing in a musical combining Shakespeare and Howard Goodall! The show is going to be fantastic, I can’t wait to get stuck into rehearsals!” -Rory M.

“Really looking forward to an amazing production with YMT and some amazingly talented people. I’m excited to be working with such a fantastic cast and creative team who have a wonderful vision for A Winter’s Tale” -Victoria S.

Casting Week…

The cast and creatives are ahead of the game and have already begun working on the production during casting week!  We have some fantastic photos and an epic trailer that gives you an idea of what this show is going to be all about!

Watch the trailer HERE!

Get your tickets to see this brilliant NEW musical HERE! It's not to be missed!