Even lockdown couldn’t stop some of the creative minds behind the recently launched S&S Theatre Productions (previously the S&S Award) getting together to talk about the new company, via Zoom of course.
Here’s a chance to watch My Theatre Mates founder Terri Paddock in conversation with three of the company’s co-producers – writer Warner Brown and literary agent Caroline Underwood (who originally founded the S&S Award) and Mercurius Theatre artistic director Jenny Eastop – along with S&S Award winner, composer and lyricist Tim Gilvin.
In a lovely full circle moment S&S Theatre Productions has already hit the ground running with the Southwark Playhouse live-streaming of Gilvin’s musical Stay Awake, Jake which won the Award in 2014.
During a lively and entertaining discussion, we discover more about the transformation of the S&S Award into S&S Theatre Productions and the new company’s dedication to producing radical new musical theatre with partnerships between the UK and the USA.
We also get to learn more about the legacy of the S&S Award and the rewarding musical theatre collaborations that have led to the exciting launch of S&S Theatre Productions.
S&S Theatre Productions’ first fully-staged musical will be penned by Brown and Joshua Schmidt (the American composer of Adding Machin3 amongst others).
With this production, the creative team plans to set a template for the transatlantic aims of S&S Theatre Productions by forming a UK/US collaboration. The new, innovative musical will be co-produced with the UK’s Mercurius Theatre – whose artistic chief Eastop will direct – and the USA’s Kent Nicholson.
Say Underwood and Brown: “Dates and venue for the London leg of this will be announced just as soon as the world returns to some kind of normal. S&S Theatre Productions are all set to go.”