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Panel 25 June 2024

Getting Into Theatre (and What to do When You're There)

If you are interested in working in theatre, you can hear from the people who are doing it right now in this expert advice panel.

Full orchestra pit at a theatre with the stage curtain down.
Date Tuesday, 25 June 2024
Time 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location London
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Full orchestra pit at a theatre with the stage curtain down.

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Bridge Theatre, Lower Foyer, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG.


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About the event

Theatre work can be some of the most rewarding work you can do as a musician, but how do you get into it? Who do you need to talk to and what is it really like to play eight shows a week?

Our panel of musicians and fixers will discuss how they got into the theatre world, how they go about keeping it fresh week after week while looking after themselves, and how they keep their dep list full and up to date.

We will be talking about touring theatre as well as shows in the West End, so there should be something valuable for everyone who is interested in what it takes to be a theatre musician. The session will also include time for your questions. 

Panel members

Alice Angliss

Alice is a member of the MU Executive Committee, and read music at St Catherine's College, Oxford before taking up a place on the postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music studying Orchestral Percussion & Timpani.

She holds the drum kit chair on Six the Musical in the West End, sometimes stepping up to cover the Keys/MD chair, and has depped on other musicals including Miss Saigon and Tina. Outside of theatre, her work includes European tours with opera and ballet companies; UK tours with “film with live soundtrack” concerts; and performances with the BBC Singers, Abel Selacoe, Ensemble Bash, British Sinfonietta, ‘Beaten Track’ percussion trio, Ed Sheeran and Passenger.

Alice also teaches percussion, drums and piano privately and especially loves teaching children with autism and special needs.

Sylvia Addison

Sylvia Addison is one of London’s foremost Orchestral Contractors and clients include theatre producers, composers, conductors, orchestrators, record producers and vocal artists in many fields of the music industry.

Theatre credits include Mean Girls, The Little Big Things, Strange Loop, The Wizard of Oz, Old Friends, We Will Rock You, Guys and Dolls, Mrs Doubtfire the Musical, Bake Off the Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tour, My Fair Lady tour, Strictly Ballroom tour, Phantom of the Opera, The Drifter’s Girl, ALW’s Cinderella, Les Miserables, and more. 

Gemma Hawkins

Gemma Hawkins is Musical Director for the West End hit musical Moulin Rouge! She studied piano and oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and musical direction the Royal Academy of Music. 

She has enjoyed a varied career in theatre spanning regional, touring and West End productions and workshops as a chair holder, dep and rehearsal pianist. She also has extensive experience as a teacher and repertoire coach, and is a regular visiting tutor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. 

Simon Minshall

Simon Minshall is a London based Trombonist. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Simon can be heard playing in all musical genres, from the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra to the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. In addition to recording for studio and film soundtracks, opera, ballet and symphony orchestra performances, he has worked extensively in the West End for the last 12 years.

He is currently the chair holder for Back to the Future The Musical. 

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