Rewrites: Shoots Rewrites

Fri 15 November

Rewrites: SHOOTS Scratch Night

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SHOOTS is an evening dedicated to the development of ideas; it’s a chance for local artists to put early work in front of an audience, to see if it has legs. It’s about throwing an idea at the wall and seeing if it sticks; it’s about now rather than never; it’s about the spit, without the polish.

This instalment of SHOOTS will be part of The Lowry’s Musical Rewrites Festival 2019 – a programme of work celebrating new UK musicals in development at the moment. It’s your chance to catch the musical hits of the future – the next WICKED or Hamilton – at The Lowry from Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 November 2019. On Fri 15 November, after Shoots, (6.30pm-7.30pm), the evening will continue with leo&hyde’s The Marriage of Kim Kat 8pm. So why not make a night of it!

We are incredibly excited about the mavericks who will be presenting a scratch of the following projects. Tickets are pay what you decide, and there will be an opportunity for post-presentation feedback.



The projects are:

By Alison Wilson, Ciara Tansey

A new musical by two non-musicians celebrating all things sad, lonely and tragic. Ciara’s been trying to get a stand-up gig for ages, but Manchester just won’t give her a fair break. Rejection email after rejection email after rejection email. If she doesn’t laugh, she’ll cry!!!

Artists Biog

Ciara Tansey and Ali Wilson are theatre makers based in Manchester. Both with an MA in Contemporary Performance, Ciara is a comedy writer and performer with a background in devising and facilitation. Ali is a Supported Artist at Royal Exchange Theatre and makes devised performance both in a solo and collaborative capacity.

By Gus Gowland

Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is transported to a modern-day high school election as two candidates find themselves competing for each other’s hearts, as well as the class presidency. ‘Candidates’ is an original musical comedy with a contemporary electro-pop score and a satirical bite.

Artists Biog

Gus Gowland’s first full-length musical ‘Pieces of String’ premiered in 2018 at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. For his work on the show, Gus won The Stage Debut Award for Best Composer or Lyricist and was nominated for a Writers Guild of Great Britain award for Best Musical Theatre Book-writing.

Other work includes two original songs for ‘Copyright Christmas’ at the Barbican, by Olivier award-winning theatre collective Duckie, and lyrics for ‘You Are Here’, commissioned by Hull Pride as part of their City of Culture celebrations. Gus was shortlisted for the inaugural Perfect Pitch award and has twice been shortlisted for the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Award. Gus also co-wrote the song ‘Home’ with Alistair Brammer for the MADTrust album ‘The West End Goes MAD for Christmas’. Gus’s songs have been performed in London and New York as part of the NEXT showcase series. Gus was also one of 5 music industry experts to form the UK Jury for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

By Gemma Whiteley, Paul Worrall, Julie Edwards

A new musical that will take a satirical look at the fractured state of British politics and where it all began, where it might have begun. Entirely set in the kitchen of the rochdale resident Gordan Brown referred to as a bigoted woman during the 2010 election campaign.

But don’t go anywhere… this is a fun, audacious kitchen sink cabaret that delves head first into our favourite things… politics and tea.

Artists Biog

Paul Worrall – Director & Composer

Paul is an actor-musician, he has worked extensively with the National Youth Theatre, most notably performing in their 60th Anniversary Gala Shows at the Shaftesbury Avenue Theatre and Buckingham Palace. On the Manchester fringe scene Paul wrote the music for the Vertigo Productions comedy musical ‘Murder She Writes.’ Paul’s recent directing credits include ‘Grow’ at 53Two, ‘A Quick Guide to Ruining Your Life’ and assistant directed ‘Tinned Up’ at the Oldham Coliseum as part of 53Two’s Takeover.

Julie Edwards – Actor ’The Rochdale Pensioner’

Julie Edwards is an actor from Cumbria. She graduated with an M.A in Acting from ALRA North. She has also trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Julie has worked extensively in film and TV, most recently appearing in BBC’s ‘Scarborough.’ She has also recently toured with Box of Tricks show ‘Chip Shop Chips’ to great audience and critical acclaim.

Gemma Whiteley- Director/Writer

Gemma first began writing whilst training as an actor at the University of Northampton. Gemma’s short play “granola” was performed at “off Cut” @53two and was voted into the final. Gemma writes her own poetry and has recently began performing her work at various spoken word events in Manchester.