Do you love musical theatre?
Can you not see the point of it at all?
Are you trying something new out and looking for support?
Do you wonder what the real opportunities are for new work?
Do you want it to be different?
Do you want to take part in making that happen?


An invitation from Caroline Routh of Musical Theatre Network:

Dear Friend

Since starting at Musical Theatre Network I’ve seen just how passionate people get about this art-form. Often positive, sometimes negative, the opinions and feelings that swirl around have been a fascinating introduction to a world that’s new to me and have raised more questions than there will ever be answers.

But these questions have often arisen in small groups, or one-to-one; now I’d love those conversations to get bigger: to engage with those already making musical theatre as well as those who have never tried it; to unpick what we make and how we make it; to look where musical theatre has come from and where it could go.

Those of you who were at our first conference last year will remember how eloquently Phelim McDermott spoke about his experiences not only within musical theatre but within theatre more widely. It’s fantastic therefore that Phelim has agreed to facilitate a one day Open Space event for us to talk all things musical theatre.

Open Space may be new to you but it’s a technique that’s been used successfully all over the world. It is an exciting open-ended event that enables a self-organising group (that’s us) to use its collective imagination to deal with complex issues and it will achieve this in a short space of time. By the end of the event the following will have occurred:

– All issues of concern to anybody will have been raised, as people take responsibility for doing that.

– All issues will have received full exploration or a plan made to continue if they haven’t.

– And YOU will take part in making it happen.

On past experience of Open Space events, the more diverse the group, the more creative and exciting the work has been. So anyone passionate about musical theatre and prepared to take responsibility for making it the best it can be should come along.

Please distribute the information to practitioners, colleagues, and anyone else who you think might be interested.

About Devoted and Disgruntled
About Musical Theatre Network


A one-day event on Wednesday 19th June from 10am – 6pm at Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, Shoreditch. EC1V 9LT

The event runs using Open Space Technology which gives anyone the chance to propose a starting point for discussion then take part in one of these conversations, flit between them all, or head to the bar.

Shoreditch Town Hall is fully wheelchair accessible but please let us know of any other access requirements you may have by contacting Sarah Crook on or by calling 020 7395 5462.

Tickets cost £10 for members of MTN and £15 for non-members; to book your place please email Sarah Crook on to get your name on the list.

Pay the appropriate amount, either by BACS transfer into:
account no: 02350047
sort code: 12-24-82 (and please make sure to use your name as a reference for the payment)
or by cheque made payable to Musical Theatre Matters and sent to Musical Theatre Network, Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND

Please note that your place will not be confirmed until payment has been received.

Hope to see you there.

Caroline Routh
Executive Producer, Musical Theatre Network

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