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Richard - The Disappointing Apple.

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Hello, below is my web-comic 'Richard the Disappointing Apple' - I hope for it to be part of a series of modern fairy-tales. Enjoy!
























Writing Musical Theatre

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I've been thinking a lot recently about the difference between being a songwriter and being a musical theatre composer. There was a time when I thought the two things were the same, but the more I look at how my process has changed as I've shifted from one to the other, I can see that it is a different way of looking at music. It's been on my mind recently as it seems to be in vogue for big-budget new musicals in Scotland to bring in song-writers who have never written musicals before, and I think that at times it can be clear why certain songs may work on albums but don't work on stage - and vice versa.
This got me thinking back to my own journey. I have always written musicals, and I have always written songs for rock bands, and until fairly recently the two things were the same for me. It wasn't until I started working with professional directors and dramaturgs that the differences between the two became clear.


A singer-songwriter song can be all about feeling. …