Jodie Jacobs - a former BWW:UK Award winner - took the time to tell us about the forthcoming From Page To Stage showcases!
So tell us about what the showcases are - and why you got involved.
The Page to Stage workshop showcases are half an hour segments of three musicals in various stages of development and very different styles: everything from an old Korean fable, Dancing Shadows, a tale of loss and hope, wicked stepmothers and a kook who talks to trees set to awesome soft rock ballads, to an electro rock soundscape which uses voices as percussive instruments! This musical in particular, Beowulf in Soho, has been very difficult but really enjoyable to learn. It'll really challenges your perspective on what a 'musical' is.
Do you have a favourite song or are you not allowed to?
My favourite song in the showcase is a beautiful, lilting folk ballad, sung by Ashleigh Gray
in the workshop 'Van Winkle', a contemporary twist on the original Rip Van Winkle tale, about waiting for her wandering lover to return to her. Also I like this musical cos none of us have got over the word 'Winkle' yet. All in all, come along cos it's an hour and a half of excellent talent all round, from our bloody brilliant director Simon Greiff
, the exceptional cast and the pieces themselves. There really is something for everyone and it's all unheard and new and really exciting. And we say 'Winkle' a lot.
You tweeted recently about having to learn 7,000 songs - all for this, or for other things too?!
There are 9 bajillion harmonies to learn along with the material for three concerts and another production I'm involved in simultaneously. Although I do like to be busy, I haven't sat down since finishing Rock of Ages last November! I also haven't stopped eating. Being on stage in your underwear for two and a half years puts paid to your appetite. And you don't make friends with salad...
Are you missing Rock of Ages?
I miss the wonderful music from that sexy little show, and my socks and sandals, obvs, but I've not had time to really let myself think about not being part if it anymore. I've done some great jobs since and have some lovely gigs coming up that allow me to eat pizza and drink milkshakes and point and laugh at the people in the gym as I walk past on my way to rehearsals. And for that, for now, I am very grateful. Speak again when I'm big enough to play Madame Thenardier...