The below are books that have been written by members of the new musical theatre community in the UK. If you'd like to learn a little more about your industry have a browse through these titles.
THE COMPOSER DIARIES: VOLUME 1
This collection of blogs from musical theatre songwriter Darren Clark chronicles the euphoric highs to the crushing lows of being an emerging mid-career musical theatre writer in the UK.
From being commissioned by the RSC to being fired from a game-changing dream job, Darren shares what he has learnt about his art form and his business including difficult subjects such as how much you should be paid to write and how to handle the critical reviews.
GETTING, KEEPING & WORKING WITH YOUR ACTING AGENT
This empowering, informative guide explains everything actors need to know about agents – how to find one, what they do, and how to work with them effectively to help you succeed in your career.
If you're currently seeking an agent, discover how to research and contact them, and what they're looking for in their clients. And if you already have one, learn how to manage and get the most out of this crucial relationship.
Also included are invaluable tips on how to write a great CV; obtain attention-grabbing headshots, showreels and voicereels; prepare for and excel at auditions; embrace social media; protect your mental health; and much more.
Breaking into song
People rarely say they hate books, or television, or films. But they often say they hate musicals. Moreover everyone seems to have a fixed idea of exactly what a musical is; what it sounds like, looks like, or is about.
Why is the collision and integration of music, song and storytelling so polarising and why have we allowed a form so full of possibility to become so repetitive and restrictive?
Through a series of essays Breaking Into Song asks what audiences can do to stay open minded and what creatives can do to make new musicals better. Examining both sides of the divide, Adam Lenson asks how those who both love and hate musicals can further expand the possibilities of this widely misunderstood medium.