with Tim Sutton

Wednesday 19th January

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Location: Wildcard Studios

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for Musical Theatre

with Tim Sutton

Join the award-winning composer Tim Sutton for this fun and stimulating session in songwriting for musical theatre. Starting with looking at song structures, and ending with the creation of your own song, you will amaze yourself with what you can do in a few hours.


What Will We Cover…
Using newspaper articles as source material, we will look at structuring songs in the classic AABA form. Why are so many world-class songs structured in this way? What are the classic examples of this form and why are they so effective and moving?
We will take a character from an animated film as the basis for a verse/chorus song. This will allow us to explore the world of comedy, and examine why verse/chorus has such potential to make us laugh and smile.
We will take the thoughts and questions that have arisen during the session and put them towards the creation of your own individual and personal song. You will amaze yourself with what you can achieve in one afternoon!



Wednesday 19th January

Time: 1.30-5.30pm

Where: Wildcard Studios, 18 Balderton Street, W1K 6TG


About Tim:

Tim is an award-winning composer and musical director. He has worked extensively with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Scotland, Young Vic, Almeida Theatre, China Plate and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Music includes The Omission of the Family Coleman (Ustinov, Bath), As You Like It and Titus Andronicus (RSC), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (NT), Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar Series 1, 2 & 3, The Absence of Normal, The Now Show and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme (BBC Radio 4). Upcoming shows include Daddy (Almeida).

Other scores for theatre include The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Dreamfighter (Lichfield Festival), The Bacchae (NToS), As You Like It (Wyndham’s) and As You Desire Me (Playhouse).

His community opera Cycle Song won the Royal Philharmonic Society Learning & Participation Award 2012. He is twice recipient of the Stiles and Drewe Best Song Award, and won the Vivian Ellis Prize for Best Musical for Beauty and the Beast.

He is currently writing The Chain with Nicola Baldwin, Restless Natives, and Bus Boycott with Roy Williams, commissioned by China Plate for production in 2022. He is an Associate Member of the Inner Magic Circle. Tim is also committed to the development of new musical theatre, and has mentored aspiring writers on the Book, Music and Lyrics course since its inception in 2011.

We’re delighted to have Tim back once again on the Training Ground delivering this fantastic workshop. See below some quotes from previous participants in this workshop.


“Making a brand new song with my exercise partner from scratch was so much fun!”


“I just wish we could do it all over again.”




At Wildcard we believe everyone should have the chance to be creative. We want all our courses to be as open and inclusive as possible to anyone that wants to take part. We are aware that the cost of workshops and regular training is a key barrier in our industry for many people.

With this in mind, we are pleased to be able to offer 2 free places on each course.

If you are interested, please fill in this form where you can tell us a bit about yourself and let us know which course you are interested in:


Bursary places will be offered out no later than 2 weeks before the course begins.

For further enquiries please email emily@wildcardtheatre.co.uk


Payment Plans:

We are pleased to be able to offer a bespoke payment plan on all of our courses. If you are interested setting one up, please contact Emily with which course you are interested in and we can get your place secured.