We are Caitlyn Burt and Amir Shoenfeld. We write musicals.
What have we been up to the last few years?
Recently, we have been fortunate enough to be chosen as the first Cameron Mackintosh Resident Writing Team and spent six months at Theatr Clwyd working on our musical, OTTO WEIDT'S BRUSH AND BROOM WORKSHOP FOR THE BLIND – we presented a half-hour selection of OTTO at BEAM2023 in Oxford. Our audio musical, SHEILA THE TINY TURTLE, is featured on the podcast, Bite-Sized Broadway (IndieWorks Theatre, 2022) and our song, ‘Looking at the Moon’, was the winner of the Tarento Productions initiative, Song for Our Time, selected by Jason Robert Brown (2020). We have also been commissioned to write'Clubhouse' programme for International Dance Technique (2020-2023).
OTTO WEIDT'S BRUSH AND BROOM WORKSHOP FOR THE BLIND
Inspired by a true story, Otto Weidt is a blind German man who employs Jewish workers with vision impairments during WWII, shielding them from the Nazis. When Alice, the secretary he falls in love with, is transported to Auschwitz, Otto must overcome the prejudices of his brother and country in his attempt to rescue her.
With visual information integrated into dialogue, lyrics and sound design, Otto Weidt’s creative access enhances the piece for audience members of all sight levels, telling an important story of strength in diversity.
Picture 1: Caitlyn stands to sing while Amir plays a piano, performing for Claude-Michel Schönberg
Picture 2: Eight creatives stand in front of a colourful background smiling at the end of their R&D at Theatr Clwyd
Picture 3: Anthony Gough and Ada Eravama model using their canes for students standing behind rows of chairs. The students wear simspecs.
Sung by Hadley Fraser and a choir of West End stars, this song was chosen by Jason Robert Brown as the winner of Song for Our Time. This award-winning tune was written as a message of love and hope in the midst of isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sheila the Tiny Turtle
In the Australian desert, a family of turtles look after their sick mother. Sheila, the smallest of the siblings, never gets to help. But when Sheila hears of seeds that might cure her mother way WAY across the desert, she determines to do whatever it takes to retrieve them, and learns what it means to be a different kind of strong.
Songs for Little Ears
Dinosaurs, astronauts, unicornsand more. These children's songs will have little ones dancing and singing their hearts out!
The Only Honeyeater
With his species in danger of extinction, Reggie has been raised alone in a laboratory - taught to sing the song that will secure him a mate and save the Honeyeaters. But when Reggie struggles to win over Ava, he must learn how to sing his own song.