With eight produced musicals under her belt (including one Olivier nomination), plus two additional workshopped shows, Shirlie has enjoyed developing her composer/lyricist and playwright skills in musical theatre since the early nineteen eighties. Equally creative at writing both music, lyrics and script as required, she also enjoys collaborating with other writers in any of these fields.
JEANNE (JOAN OF ARC MUSICAL)
A through-composed rock opera, “Jeanne” traces the story of the legendary fifteenth-century Joan of Arc, a young peasant girl destined for greatness, who claims to have been chosen by God to liberate her country and to crown the Dauphin as King of France.
A through-composed children’s operetta, “Paddington Bear’s Magical Musical” was the first full-scale musical to be created for the well-known character, in celebration of Paddington’s twenty-fifth birthday.
The story of Beauty and the Beast is one of the most magical fairy tales, but beneath the traditional storyline lies an inner meaning which is a wonderful vehicle for teaching us about ourselves and each other.
The play follows Sian, an enigmatic woman of our times, through three decades of her life. Her hopes for real love are brought into sharp focus with the realisation of her desire for both a young actor and an ageing womaniser.