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MTFestUK 2020 at the Turbine Theatre - musical line-up announced

THE Turbine Theatre’s Artistic Director, Paul Taylor-Mills, has announced the exciting and diverse new musicals selected for this year’s MTFestUK 2020.

The line-up includes: Southern Comfort; Jet Set Go!; Soapdish; The Assassination of Katie Hopkins; Coldfront; Eurobeat: Pride of Eurovision; Tyrell; and Works of Art.

A celebration of new musical theatre, MTFestUK 2020 runs from February 3 to February 15 and sets out to promote quality artistry with a view to showcasing and elevating projects to full production, giving audiences an insight into the process of creating new work and the art of collaboration.

These eight productions at the centre of the festival form MTFestUK’s Taster Menu series of new musicals, and will each be presented as semi-staged productions. Casting will be announced shortly.

Paul Taylor-Mills, Artistic Director, Turbine Theatre, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the line-up for our second MTFestUK which will be housed in my new home: The Turbine Theatre at Battersea Power Station. This year sees us working with an exciting and emerging theatre, a host of first-time writers and Olivier Award-winning teams. Importantly, the content of all eight shows, and the stories we set out to tell, represent the world we’re currently living in.

“We’ve listened to over 150 musicals and have made a commitment to give over 100 hours of free space to projects that would benefit from the time to move their work forward.”

MTFestUK 2020 – Taster Menu

Southern Comfort – Directed by Sophia Murphy, with music by Julianne Wick Davis and book and lyrics by Dan Collins – Monday, February 3 at 9pm, Tuesday, February 4 at 7pm and Wednesday, February 5 at 4pm and 7pm.

Based on the Sundance award-winning documentary, this heart-warming musical about a group of transgender friends living in rural Georgia is, at its core, a love story between their patriarch, Robert Eads, and newcomer Lola Cola.

Through a unique folk and bluegrass-inspired score, the musical chronicles a year in the lives of this unique American family as they courageously defy the odds by simply remaining on the land to which they were born, reminding us that home is where we find comfort in our skin.

Jet Set Go! – Directed by Luke Sheppard, with music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary and book and lyrics by Jake Brunger – Monday, February 3 at 7pm, Tuesday, February 4 at 9pm and Wednesday, February 5 at 2pm and 9pm.

Join Nicola and her in-flight cabin crew as they sing up the aisles and tap-dance down Broadway on a trip to New York that you’ll never forget!

A musical comedy which premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Jet Set Go! trails a transatlantic cabin crew and their two pilots on a flight to New York (and back!).

Soapdish – Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe and book by Robert Harling – Thursday, February 6 at 9pm, Friday, February 7 at 7pm and Saturday, February 8 at 4pm and 7pm.

When Celeste Talbert, long time star of popular day-time soap opera The Sun Also Sets, is targeted by her ambitious younger co-star, a chain of events are set in motion which leads to the dramatic revelation of Celeste’s secret love child.

Soapdish is based on the infamous 1991 film starring Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Elizabeth Shue, Robert Downey Jr, Whoopi Goldberg and a calling card of cameo appearances.

The Assassination of Katie Hopkins – Directed by James Grieve, written by Chris Bush and Matt Winkworth and first presented by Theatre Clwyd – Thursday, February 6 at 7pm, Friday, February 7 at 9pm and Saturday, February 8 at 2pm and 9pm.

A shocking crime divides the nation. Fingers are pointed, sides are drawn, facts are hard to come by. Why did this happen? How do we move on? What must we remember?

It’s easy to have an opinion online, safe behind the anonymity of a keyboard, just like, share and subscribe. But as the digital mob polish their pitchforks, the world starts to question just how free should free speech be?

Coldfront – Directed by and with lyrics by Poppy Burton Morgan and music by Jason Carr – Monday, February 10 at 9pm, Tuesday, February 11 at 7pm and Wednesday, February 12 at 2pm and 7pm.

Rosemary and James. Every month the same park bench. The same sandwiches made by her mother washed down with the same thermos of tea. The same manual tasks to keep the park in order.

But as the seasons change an unlikely romance slowly blossoms between an autistic weather analyst and a tattooed park attendant.

Eurobeat: Pride of Eurovision – Directed by Max Bex Roberts and written by Craig Christie – Monday, February 10 at 7pm, Tuesday, February 11 at 9pm and Wednesday, February 12 at 4pm and 9pm.

The latest iteration of the loving parody of the Eurovision Song Contest. Join our glamorous hostess – or is that a host?! – as she presents another selection of songs. Who takes the crown? You decide! Will it be the hunky Norwegian Vikings? The Ukrainian cave girl? Or the naughty nuns from Vatican City?

Eurobeat: Pride of Europe is a sequin-soaked satire (with just a pinch of socio-political commentary) of the song contest that unites and defines Europe.

Tyrell – Directed by Simon Greiff and written by Alex Ratner – Thursday, February 13 at 9pm, Friday, February 14 at 7pm and Saturday, February 15 at 4pm and 7pm.

A septuagenarian femme fatale teaches her gay grandson and politically savvy granddaughter to wield power within a medieval patriarchy. Welcome to Highgarden, home to Olenna, Loras and Margaery Tyrell.

Commenting on Olenna’s grandmotherly guile, Loras’s closeted double life and Margaery’s objectification, Tyrell imagines what these secondary characters from HBO’s Game of Thrones were thinking all along.

A musical parody-prequel to HBO’s Game of Thrones, this one-act chamber piece tells the untold backstory of House Tyrell before the series begins.

Works of Art – Directed by Annabelle Hollingdale, with music and lyrics by Robin Simões Da Silva and book by Annabel Mutale Reed – Thursday, February 13 at 7pm, Friday, February 14 at 9pm and Saturday, February 15 at 2pm and 9pm.

Struck by the unexpected loss of their Mother, brothers Reid and Jackson are forced to face a world without their biggest champion, most constant lifeline and the heart of their childhood home. Re-navigating their relationship as brothers after Reid’s transition and Jackson’s years away studying, the two must come together in deciding Cassie’s legacy as a painter, a Mother and a woman, and discover the value of true works of art.

Works of Art is an intimate new folk musical about grief, new beginnings, and brotherly love.

Tickets: All tickets £12.50.

Running Times: All productions will run between 45-60 minutes.