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.
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 Life and Times of outrageous American actress Tallulah Bankhead, as seen through the eyes of a BBC TV crew: tv producer Nicholas Bottom is in LA, looking for a ‘star’ to interview.
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.
“Bazaar and Rummage” brings together a neurotic do-gooder, a trainee social worker and three agoraphobics who have been persuaded to venture out of their homes to run a jumble sale.
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.
AD/BC is a musical with a panoramic plot: the Bible, from Genesis through to the Book of Daniel. The action starts with a group of frightened Christians, awaiting the lions in the Colosseum.
A commissioned stage dramatisation of Richard Llewellyn’s famous Welsh novel, this show raises the issue of what happens when we lose sense of community, family and closeness to the earth.