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FANGIRLS How to Write a Musical! Term 4

1 November 2023

In the Centre for Creativity | Schools

Performance Making Workshop with Yve Blake | Stages 5 - 6

Join the writer, lyricist, and composer of the award-winning musical Fangirls, Yve Blake, and discover how to shape ideas to build your own subversive musical comedy!

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Exploring musical theatre, song and script writing, impact of technology, the internet and forms of popular culture, ensembles in theatre and music, concepts of duration, tone colour and structure in Music, English, Dance and Drama.


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Create your own FANGIRLS

Join the writer, lyricist, and composer of the award-winning musical Fangirls, Yve Blake, and discover how you too can turn your ideas from scratch into your own subversive musical comedy!

Fangirls is one of the most exciting Australian musicals of recent years, gathering critical acclaim, and the 2020 AWGIE Award for Music Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Award’s Best Mainstage Musical for 2019 award.

In this workshop, Yve will show you how to get rid of your creative inner critic, cherish your ideas, give you a range of activities to grow your spark of an idea, and that anything is possible when dreaming up your very own musical.

This workshop is suitable for students studying Drama, Music and English in Years 10–12; covering themes such as writing for theatre, ensemble performance, song writing, creative writing, popular culture, and musical theatre.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Meet the artist

Yve Blake

Yve Blake is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and songwriter. She's best known for writing the Book, Music, and Lyrics of the hit musical FANGIRLS, which has been awarded the 2019 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Mainstage Musical, the Matilda Award for Best Musical or Cabaret, and the 2020 AWGIE award for Music Theatre. After premiering to five-star reviews and sell-out crowds in 2019, 2021 FANGIRLS returned in 2021 for a national tour and will return again in 2022 to play the Sydney Opera House. Yve's songwriting on FANGIRLS scored her an Aria award nomination for Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album, and currently, Yve is developing a screen adaptation of FANGIRLS with Fremantle.

As a theatremaker, Yve has developed and presented her work at Belvoir, Griffin Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Soho Theatre, Southbank Centre, Old Vic New Voices, the National Theatre Studio, and The Barbican. She is an alumni of the Royal Court Writers’ Programme, was the inaugural recipient of the ATYP Rebel Wilson Theatre-maker scholarship, and has also been a visiting artist at Princeton University.  Yve’s 2019 TEDxSydney talk “For the love of Fangirls” has been promoted to an official TED talk on, where it has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.

Her current projects under commission include a co-written feature film about Rock Eisteddfods for Aquarius films and a family movie musical for Mark Gordon Productions.

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