Composer: Amy Mallett
Lyricist: Kent De Pinto
Rosalind: Kirsty Malpass
Celia: Sophie May Wake
Piano: Raphael Hurwitz
Way back in October 2011 we asked composers & lyricists looking for new collaborators to submit fun personal adverts describing their perfect creative match. These were posted on our website for everyone to read.
In November each of the 70 entrants then emailed us with their top 5 personal picks from the other adverts and we set to work matchmaking.
Over the next two weeks Laura & Dan from Iris Theatre set up 14 different blind dates bringing new creative partners together.
In December these new partners got on with writing a song based around our theme:
Songs inspired, directly or indirectly, by the play ‘As You like it’ – Iris Theatre’s summer show.
Set deep in the Forest of Arden, full of love & loss, confusion & certainty, this is one of Shakespeare’s fullest comedy.
Why did we give them a theme? Well, to give them a dramatic focus, to ensure we didn’t just get 14 pretty ballads, and to force them to tackle something completely new.
At the end of January we had a workshop here at St Paul’s to hear the songs and give a little creative guidance and support. This was followed by fairly frantic rewriting for some and then a last mad 10 days of rehearsal. All of which preparation has come down to just one night…
Incurable is a song about the love between best friends – and whatever may come between it. Here As You Like It
is transported to the prairies of small town America as a sassy & cynical Rosalind lambasts her heartsick & foolish
friend Celia for her ‘incurable’ addiction to romance.
Throughout her school days Amy studied alto saxophone, flute and piano, and took just about every musical
opportunity that was thrown at her from big band jazz to chamber music. Early influences include: Queen, Hendrix,
Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell and Buddy Rich. Later on; Billy Joel, Eurythmics, Elton John, Sting, Rufus Wainwright, Ben
Folds, Mozart, Telemann, Reich.
She has been writing music for the past 25 years; from pop songs to instrumental/choral pieces and musicals, skills
which she honed gaining a BA (Hons) in Music and Philosophy from Leeds University in 1995, and an MA in Music
(Composition) from Anglia Ruskin University in 2006. She is currently studying for a PhD in Music Composition at
Bath Spa University, focusing on composition of music for New Musical Theatre.
She lives in Suffolk, and work as a lecturer in music composition and entrepreneurship at FE and HE levels. Current
projects include “Paperwork” a musical based on life in a non-specific office, and “Suzy’s Funeral”, an actor-musician
musical for a small cast exploring the volatile relationships between a group of drama school friends reunited twenty
years after graduation.
Amy likes to work with a lyricist who breaks away from the norm, with a wicked (and sometimes dark!) sense of
humour. She is passionate about narrative so they have to be a great storyteller. Other than that, flexibility and
creative thinking is always good in a working partner.
Kent De Pinto
Last year Kent received her Masters Degree in creative writing from the University of Oxford. Her comic monologue, For a Brief Period in the Eighties, was performed at Iris Theatre's Workin' Process 2 Night earlier this summer. A short play which she wrote, Rondo, was selected and performed at the first ever Little Pieces of Goldnight at the Et Cetera theatre in Camden. In a writing partner she looks for someone with a slightly twisted sense of humour and irony, who is more collaborative that dictatorial, who has strong ideas, but isn't dogmatic.