In the past two years Interval Productions have produced four musicals on the London fringe scene. Three of these were entirely original pieces and are currently nominated for eight awards (Offie Awards, Broadway World Awards and West End Frame) for two of their original pieces ‘Streets’ and ‘Another Way’. These two shows are currently going head to head in the Offies as the only two competitors in the ‘Best New Musical’ category.
Interval Productions have received critical acclaim and many a celebrity has jumped on the bandwagon, Stephen Fry called 'After The Turn' stunning whilst Mark Shenton called it 'the British Rent'. Bargain Theatreland called Interval’s production of RENT 'a near perfect production', which was 'utterly charming, beautifully poignant and elegantly staged', whilst What's On Stage called it 'powerful'. Idris Elba, Kimberley Wyatt and JLS all took to Twitter to advise their followers to get a ticket for Streets, and The Stage called it 'a breathtaking new piece, with a gripping story and beautiful performances from its young cast'. The Stage liked Another Way too, they said, 'witty and charming, Another Way should leave you with a smile on your face, if not for the Hallmark happy ending, then for the future of musical theatre in the UK', Stephen Fry returned and labelled it 'Damn Good', and West End Frame reckons Another Way's future is 'full of endless possibilities', and even went as far as to state that they'd 'fallen in love with this very special piece of theatre'.
Now Interval Productions have decided to give audiences a chance to see selections from all of their pieces under the same roof at The Cockpit Theatre on Sunday February 9th, featuring as many original cast members as possible, and of course some new talent, as always.
Included pieces are After The Turn, book by Sarah Henley, featuring songs by Tim Prottey-Jones, vocal selections from Jonathan Larsons’ RENT, as well as Another Way, featuring songs by Benedict and Streets with songs from Finn Anderson (both books by Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley).
Interval Productions was established in 2009 by Tori Allen-Martin (who was joined by Sarah Page in 2011), the company was set up to provide a platform for new talent, who would work alongside more established artists, and also to create what they have nicknamed ‘relevant theatre’. ‘Theatre that represents our generation. With characters that we recognise, in ourselves or in those around us, who speak our language, talk like we do and face issues we face, with songs that sound like the music we download. ‘Musical Theatre’ makes some people switch off, they think it’s dated and that it doesn’t represent them and we want to change that, we’re not about alienating theatre lovers, we’re theatre lovers, but we believe there is space for change, and we want to bring a new audience into the theatre too.’ explains Tori Allen-Martin.
Interval are in desperate need of funds to continue and so this piece which they have nicknamed ‘Interval So Far’ will act as a fundraiser for the company, and they have taken to crowd funding site WeFund to ask loyal supporters to donate pledges for various perks.