Monthly Blog – August 2013

August is that month of the year that a self-employed composer/musician dreads most. Quite simply – everyone’s away on holiday, so nothing’s really going to get done – and so it has been this August for me and ‘Ruby’.

Still – there is an upside. Look at the weather we’ve had this summer – simply wonderful … and Britt & I were lucky enough to get away for a very special holiday back in April, too!

Meanwhile, I’ve been reading all sorts of stories in the Press about MORE cutbacks and EVEN LESS funding for the Arts – so does this make Ruby’s journey harder than ever? I don’t believe so. I’ve long believed that getting a project like ‘Ruby’ to work is about creating energy and letting that energy bring the project to life.

So – where does that energy come from?

Well – the energy comes from those involved and their belief in the show. We were very lucky, … Read more

Monthly Blog – June/July 2013

Dear All,

Unfortunately (my fault) the June Blog was never posted – but here’s a combined June/July Blog instead … with an August one to follow soon!

As many of you will know, I’m a professional composer who took a year out last year to bring my Labour of Love ‘Ruby & the 13th Door’ out of my imagination and onto the stage.

To say that “things could’ve gone smoother and cheaper” is a massive understatement, but at the end of last year (and those of you who witnessed my aftershow speech at Merchant Adventurers’ Hall will know this already) we triumphed against adversity and produced something of real value and for me and my wife Britt, something very special indeed.

Along the way we had frustrations and huge disappointments – but far more important than that, we met some extraordinary people, brilliant performers, tireless enthusiasts and the kind of support I never dared to dream of.

So – what … Read more

Monthly Blog – May 2013

Dear All,

I thought it would be good to try and write something about Ruby’s progress on a regular basis rather than sporadic post appearing from time to time so – Welcome to the ‘Ruby & the 13th Door’ monthly blog!

You could be forgiven for thinking that things have gone a bit quiet recently, but here’s a list of what’s actually been happening:

– 2 Recording Sessions with the ‘Kids’ Chorus’ (with at least one more to follow)

– 1 Recording Session with Megan-Hollie Robertson (our brilliant ‘Older Ruby’)

– Frantic editing of Film and Music from the Live Shows in December (with, I have to say, some stunning performances from ALL the Principals and Choruses)

– A meeting with Sarah Smith, the Co-writer and Director of the brilliant animated Film ‘Arthur Christmas’

– Meetings with various Producers

– Meetings about the ‘Ruby Education Pack’ – with the aim of producing all the … Read more

Ruby & the 13th Door – New Dates Announced!

It’s true! Finally we’ve found a new home! ‘Ruby’ is coming to York Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on the 19/20th December.

We’re expecting high demand for tickets, with announcements coming soon about how to buy them. We’re going to do our best to make the ‘Ruby’ shows something to remember, so keep checking here and on the Facebook page for updates.


Coming soon – who is going to play the ‘Emerald King’? You can find out this Friday!

Chorus Auditions Complete!

A very warm ‘Thank You’ goes out to all those who turned up to the auditions at Leeds City Varieties over the last few days!

The audition team look happy enough!

 We hope you are too!

Keep checking your e-mail over the next few days and we’ll let you know how you got on.

Don’t worry if you don’t make it into the ‘Kids Chorus’ though – you’ll always be welcome.

Check back here or on the Facebook page:

for regular updates – and if you find a picture you’re in – tag it!

Martyn S

Still Time to Book an Audition!

Yes folks – there are still some audition slots open for both Choruses – and there is, of course, still the opportunity to be auditioned for one of the main roles after that!

Are you the first ‘Ruby’? Are you the ‘Young Emerald King’ in the making?

Get in touch (the Audition Page tells you how) and come and see us next weekend – Friday 8th / Saturday 9th June.

Good Luck!

Video Blog Update

You can now see nearly all of the Video Blogs that Martyn’s been making, documenting Ruby’s progress leading up to the auditions and performances themselves.

The first Blog appears here – and you can click on ‘Fast Forward’ to get to the next episode, with6 episodes up and running so far.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got some exciting stuff coming up soon, as auditions are just around the corner and due to be filmed!


Ruby Auditions – Update!

OK – Here are all the details you’ll need regarding the Ruby Auditions!

View/Download Ruby Audition Poster Here

Once you’ve enrolled for an audition (remember, you only need to attend ONE of the audition sessions) you’ll be given access to the singing audition piece. On the day you’ll also be asked to prepare a short acting piece (don’t worry – we’re here to advise you on what to choose) – and the day will start with some warm-up exercises and a bit of choreographed movement and dancing.

Oh – and don’t forget – we’re also looking for an ‘Adult Chorus’ – so don’t forget to tell your parents, if they’d be interested in joining the cast too!

Keep checking here for more details – and hope to see you soon!