I write, so why no invite?

I was extremely shocked to see a tweet (see below) from the talented Anthony Drewe. Drewe makes up one part of the ‘Stiles and Drewe’ pair. Alongside George Stiles, his work includes Wind in the Willows, Half a Sixpence, Mary Poppins, Honk and several other profound musicals.

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I contemplated the idea that the pair may have been forgotten accidentally and was shocked to learn the truth. Confirmed by other writers messaging MTAS in confidence, it is in fact quite common for a writer to not be invited to an award ceremony; even if their show is up for nomination! Apparently writing the musical doesn’t qualify as being important enough. Without the writers who dream, sleep and breathe their visions into reality our whole industry would not exist. With venues as glamorous and well seated as the Albert Hall, are we not to believe there was no space for the creators who helped make the shows possible?

This may be common knowledge among most award ceremonies but it is still quite disappointing. Labelling it as ‘show business’ and casually shrugging this off just doesn’t feel right. Writers should have a seat and not have to pay. As far as I’m concerned they paid in beautiful, metaphorical  linguistic dialogue that should not be forgotten.

Written by MTAS Admin @simplywilly for @MTAS_Official

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  1. […] Take Half A Sixpence for instance, a show I really need to see again after only seeing the press night back in November. A beautiful dance-based show with impeccable choreography by Andrew Wright somehow didn’t even score a nomination! Charlie Stemp’s non-win for Best Actor in a Musical also surprised me, along with many others, due to rave reviews for a him being a complete triple threat. However, I did not see Andy Karl’s performance in Groundhog Day so I cannot compare. There was also an interesting and shocking revelation about the writers of Sixpence (Stiles and Drewe) not being invited to the ceremony, despite the show being nominated in some capacity in three categories. More on that is found in Willy Mukendi-Wood’s post on the MTAS blog, which can be read here. […]

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