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From Scratch: Meet the Panel

Tomorrow marks the return of From Scratch, and we’re tacking new musicals. With that in mind, we have lined up a fabulous panel of industry representatives who will offer their professional insights as part of tomorrow’s feedback and discussion session.

So without delay… our panel:


Oliver Southgate FROM SCRATCH PANEL musicals headshotOliver Southgate is a London-based marketeer and producer working across the live entertainment sector. Since 2013 he has been a Ticketing Manager at the worldwide marketing agency AKA where he currently works on the West End campaigns for The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick), Stomp (Ambassadors), The 39 Steps (Criterion), La Soirée (Southbank Centre) and the Royal Opera House. Other recent West End shows he has managed ticketing campaigns for include Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Duke of York’s), The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter), The Woman in Black (Fortune), Uncle Vanya (St James), Putting It Together (St James) and Tell Me On A Sunday (St James & Duchess).

Beyond AKA, Oliver’s independent clients have included Danielle Tarento (for Taboo at the Brixton Clubhouse) and TheatreMAD (for West End Bares 2014). He was also the line producer of Lift (Soho), The Great British Musical in Concert (Hazlitt, Maidstone) and the original cast recording of From Up Here (all for Perfect Pitch), and the producer of three London editions of the award-winning Broadway concert series If It Only Even Runs a Minute (Hippodrome Casino) as well as regional productions of the musicals And Then You Blink and Avenue Q.




Emily MaltbyEmily Maltby is an New York City. based director and choreographer. Recent credits include The Lion (Manhattan Theatre Club), Under My Skin (Little Shubert), Ring of Fire (Milwaukee Rep), and Eastland (Lookingglass Theater Co.) as well as 42nd Street and Ragtime at Northwestern University. She has also worked with Stage Entertainment, Goodspeed Musicals, CAP21, and The Smithsonian Institute, where she created four musical pieces to commemorate the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She also directed a presentation of new musical The Gefilte Fish Chronicles which received a command performance at The White House. Proud Northwestern University graduate.



Stephen McGill FROM SCRATCH musicals panel headshotStephen McGill formed his own production company in early 2012 after working as co-producer for Poppy Productions Ltd since 2010. He has previously worked on the worldwide productions of Mamma Mia! as well as the London productions of Billy Elliot and Jersey Boys.

He has recently co-produced the West End transfer of The Pajama Game at The Shaftesbury Theatre.  Current production The Last of the De Mullins will be playing at the Jermyn Street Theatre Feb 2015.

Recent productions include:  The Tailor Made Man, a new musical at the Arts Theatre,  An Incident at the Border which transferred to Trafalgar Studios after a sold out run at the Finborough Theatre.

Other productions include:  Pushing Up Poppies, (Theatre503 and Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh) The Lost Christmas, (Waterloo East Theatre) In The Act; (Theatre Royal Stratford East) The Last of the De Mullins (rehearsed reading, Jermyn Street Theatre) and Our Boys (rehearsed reading, Prince Of Wales Theatre).

Stephen attended the Stage One Workshop for new producers in October 2011. He is a recent recipient of the Stage One Start Up Fund.




Nigel Richars FROM SCRATCH panel headshot musicalNigel Richards is an award-winning Actor and Singer, most known for his championing of new work both in the UK and in the States, having originated roles in the European premiers of Floyd Collins, Hello Again, Spend!Spend!Spend, Baby, Songs For A New World, LaLaLaChuisa, The GoBetween and Bernstein’s Mass. This emphasis on new work culminated in his critically acclaimed album, A Shining Truth, in 2009, described by The Independent as ‘not so much a cd as a manifesto. A love letter to new writing’. His second album, ‘Short Stories’, will be released in 2015, and is a collection of previously unrecorded songs by predominantly British writers.

In addition to his many West End credits, his eclectic career has found him singing with Marianne Faithful, Tom Waits, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Cirque de Soleil, and Scott Walker.
Nigel lectures in Musical Theatre, and is Head of Acting through Song at Arts Ed. Nigel last appeared in the West End playing the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, and the lead in Kurt Weill’s Songs From A Hotel Bedroom (Royal Opera House).
Future projects include The Stationmaster by Tim Connor and Sue Pearce, and The Night Before My Wedding by Lance Horne and Neil Gaiman, both new works.


Tickets are available now for just £4:


From Scratch tickets on sale!

Tickets are now on sale for the second FROM SCRATCH, this time casting the spotlight on four brand new musicals and offering an opportunity to discuss what makes new musicals work?

Led by a panel of industry experts, audiences are invited to share their feedback and help the artists in the development of their work.

Tickets are available now, so book online:


From Scratch has been directed by Patrick Maubert

WHEN: Wednesday 26th November, 7pm

WHERE: Phoenix Artist Club, 110 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 8BU (map)


Tickets are limited, reserve in advance to avoid disappointment:


From Scratch: new musicals announced

From Scratch is back! And this time we’ve got jazz hands!


Well, while we can’t promise jazz hands (a bit cheesy these days?), we CAN promise an evening of spectacular new work. Our From Scratch series is dedicated to seeking out new work and performing it before an audience and a panel of selected industry experts. Each artist will benefit from a feedback session to assist and inspire the development process.


With just one week to go, we are thrilled to announce the line up for this month’s FROM SCRATCH featuring four new musicals from emerging artists:


The Dating Cycle

Music and lyrics by Verity Quade and Robert Archibald



Book & Lyrics by Ty Defoe and Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke


Our (plural) life (singular)

Music by Andy McGregor Lyrics by John Hamilton May


Table and Chair Take the Air

Music and lyrics by Trevor Bachman


With Musical Director James Taylor

Directed by Patrick Maubert


Tickets are now on sale for this one-off musical theatre event in the heart of the West End:


From Scratch will take place at The Phoenix Artist Club at 7pm on Wednesday 26th November.


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We want to hear from you!

Well, that’s a wrap on this year’s Another Day, and we’re already working hard on next years project. In the meantime, we would love to hear from all of you who came along so that we can continue to improve our productions.

If you have 10 minutes, please share your thoughts with us via this online survey: [click]


Thanks from all of us here at team AFOAF and Another Day!


ANOTHER DAY Blackfriars cast final call



Another Day Production Photography

ANOTHER DAY Photography Blackfriars

It’s been three weeks since the company of Another Day took their final bow… so we thought it was about time for a jaunt down memory lane (Blackfriars Road). Click on the link below to see the beautiful production photos by Bogdan Staiculescu.

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 “FIVE STARS: A truly amazing piece of theatre where the sights and sounds of the ordinary world enhanced the action.”

True theatre doesn’t have to take place in a huge Victorian building with a stage, proscenium arch, fancy sets, etc and “Another Day” the latest show from A Friend of a Friend Productions, proves this admirably with a site-specific promenade theatre show making the area around the London borough of Blackfriars a stage in its own right. The show, commissioned by the local authority to produce art that embraces and involves the local community, uses not one but 6 playwrights who base their own plays on stories and reminiscences from the Blackfriars population, whilst also contributing to an over-arching single story. A tough call you might think but Producer Susanna Narvaez and Director Patrick Maubert really delivered the goods on this project.

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 “FIVE STARS: Don’t let the cold weather put you off as the performance of this cast will definitely warm your hearts and make you smile.”

Set in modern day Blackfriars in South London we follow the stories of various locals who tell their own tale. Another Day is a site-specific promenade performance which takes us on a journey of what it means to live and be a part of a community in London.

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Another Day rehearsals

With the opening night of ANOTHER DAY drawing near, here’s a sneak peak at life behind the rehearsal room doors!


Another Day AFOAF us Suzanne Patrick auditions Another Dat cast rehearsal

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