Writing music for the theatre

With Elizabeth Wright’s stage play of Vanessa and Virginia continuing at the Riverside Studios in London this month, by the award-winning Moving Stories Theatre under the direction of Emma Gersch, I asked the play’s musical director Jeremy Thurlow about writing music for the theatre and Vanessa and Virginia specifically.   – Where did you begin with creating music for Vanessa …

Turning a novel into a play

Sebastian Faulks once remarked that transposing a novel to another medium is like trying to turn a painting into sculpture. It’s an image I’ve been thinking about this summer as I’ve watched Vanessa and Virginia transform into a stage play. What first struck me on reading Elizabeth Wright’s script was the drastic scissoring away of words. Anything not absolutely essential …