A reflection on 10 Minute Musicals by Andrew Linham

I had a great time working with Leeway Productions creating a 10 Minute Musical. The challenge of having three weeks to create a new piece of theatre with only the length of time as a parameter is the most brilliant way of getting those creative juices flowing!

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I have always worked best under pressure of deadlines and this project again reminded me of the joy of creating something new in a short space of time with an actual deadline to get it finished!

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Working with Peter Cox and Andy Shore was a pleasure as often as a composer I work in isolation. Being held accountable for my ideas, songs and rhymes was a fantastic opportunity to develop my teamwork and collaboration skills. It was also a joy to hear the actors take our creation and turn it into actual live theatre, taking the music from the page to the stage in an afternoon!

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An additional exciting part of this process for me was the opportunity to collaborate with others on their 10MM as I was afforded the opportunity to perform on saxophone with Beatboxer Tangent and play piano creating the accompaniment for a semi improvised piece with Rufus Mufasa. This process really brought together all of the skills across several disciplines of musical theatre, jazz and improvisation and songwriting and I cannot recommend this experience highly enough!

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