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Barking Arc Theatre’s musical team in finals of Twitter competition

PUBLISHED: 10:09 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:09 16 May 2013

Clifford Oliver and Phil Gostelow from the Arc Theatre, in Barking, have entered a Twitter competition to find composers to create a new musical.

Clifford Oliver and Phil Gostelow from the Arc Theatre, in Barking, have entered a Twitter competition to find composers to create a new musical.

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The musical team behind The Broadway’s pantomime have got through to the semi-finals of a competition that could see their pipeline dreams come alive on stage.

Clifford Oliver and Phil Gostelow, resident writer and musical director respectively at Barking’s Arc Theatre, entered three original songs into the Search for a Twitter Composer contest.

The idea is to use social media to search for musical theatre writers of the future, whereby entrants can tweet their music and Twitter users can vote for their favourite.

It is the first competition of its kind and is a variation from the standard ‘search for a singer’ format.

The Arc Theatre duo were one of 99 submissions and have been selected for the final 14 which go on to have their work performed live on stage at the Soho Theatre in London.

Clifford said: “It’s the first time they have gone to look for people who can write and compose. The British musical has kind of died a death and all we get is a rehash of pop bands so what they are trying to do is find new talent.

“Phil and I met writing the panto Cinderella last year and creatively we took off and were eager to work together again.”

Clifford, 56, and Phil, 30, put forward songs from two of their works in progress.

Brides resurrects the story of the brides in the bath murders, one of the most renowned trials of the 20th century involving a man named George Joseph Smith who was convicted and subsequently hanged for the slaying of three women.

The second, Tread Gently, tells the real stories of young dancers as they set out to build a career.

On June 23 they will see their pieces brought to life at the Soho Theatre as they compete to win in the finals.


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