Without a story,
there is nothing to tell.
As a songwriter, lyricist and playwright, or as a journalist and PR consultant, I’m always looking to tell tales that touch audiences. The stories that interest me most are the ones that make people cry.
Currently, I am working on Brothers, a musical adaptation of the popular Dutch youth novel Gebr about death, loss and sexuality. I am also co-writing Catch Me, a musical about suicide that had a two week run at the Arts Theatre in London in November 2016 and a short outing in Amsterdam in 2017. The farcical musical Forgive Us, Oh Father! played, after a run in Leeds in October 2016, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.
Arnoud Breitbarth is a storyteller by nature.
He reveals the core of a story through music, lyrics and dialogue in his work as musical theatre writer. As a journalist and PR consultant he uses text, audio and video. Clarity, accessibility and effectiveness are his key strengths. His style is easy on the ear, fresh and surprising.
Arnoud (rhymes with aloud) is interested in stories that make people cry: the shows he is currently working on involve themes like suicide, loss and sexual abuse. Many of the topics he writes about are inspired by events Arnoud reported on as a journalist in the UK and Europe.
Arnoud is represented in the Netherlands by Performer Agency. Currently, Arnoud is adapting the multiple award-winning Dutch novel Brothers by Ted van Lieshout. It’s a story about two brothers who deal with love, death, secrets and sexuality. Brothers is being developed in both London and Los Angeles.
In collaboration with Harry Style Arnoud has written the farcical musical Forgive Us, Oh Father!, a story about a lazy priest and his unfortunate congregation. This show has been produced in Leeds in the autumn of 2016 and was produced by Chevron Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. Together with Christian Czornyj Arnoud has written Catch Me, a black comedy about suicide and how five friends, at the eve of their friend’s funeral, deal with his suicide. Catch Me had a run at the Arts Theatre in November and December 2016, and a staged reading in Amsterdam in July 2017.
Arnoud also translates and adapts lyrics and shows from Dutch and German to English.
After a 15 year career in journalism and a stint in geopolitical public relations, he decided to join Mountview’s MA in Writing Musicals 2015/2016, where Jenifer Toksvig and Rob Hartmann were tutoring him. Together with 5 other musical theatre writers, composers and producers he started writing collective The First.
The song Achteraf, written in collaboration with lyricist Wietske Loebis, was nominated for the Willem Wilmink Award for the best children’s song 2009/2010 in the Netherlands.
SHOWS UNDER DEVELOPMENT:
OTHER PROJECTS, STILL IN EARLY STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT:
- Steam – Which masks are a homeless drag queen and a member of the House of Lords, who meet casually, wearing?
- Interns – A story based on real events: are politicians being seduced by their interns, or are they sexually abusing them?
- Love boat – A trans-media, immersive story as part of a PR campaign for a cruise line.
- Refuge – A small community is shaken when refugees arrive: there are more crimes, but also more romance.
- R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – After an abusive relationship, a woman finds love, respect and herself in this upbeat jukebox show.