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 Grey Mouse, a show about a master embezzler, Not Dead Yet, a show about a retirement home and Brothers, a musical adaptation of the popular Dutch youth novel Gebr about death, loss and sexuality. 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, is in redevelopment. The farcical musical Forgive Us, Oh Father! played, after a run in Leeds in October 2016, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.
Hi! My name is Arnoud – that rhymes with aloud. I love to tell stories, either through music, lyrics and dialogue in the theatre or through text, audio and video as a journalist and PR consultant. Clarity, accessibility and effectiveness are important and in my writing I strive to be easy on the ear, fresh and surprising.
Before focussing on musical theatre I worked as a financial journalist for 16 years. I needed a change, so I moved into geopolitical PR – but that didn’t give me the creative fulfilment I longed for. Whilst sitting behind my laptop on a rainy Tuesday morning, I read that Mountview Academy started an MA in Writing musicals. “That’s what I want to do!”, was my first thought. I applied and when I got accepted, I left my career and followed my passion. After being tutored by the fabulous Rob Hartmann and Jenifer Toksvig, I graduated with distinction in 2016 and I’ve been writing and composing ever since.
My work could most recently be heard and seen at:
- Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam (September 2019) and various radio stations: album presentation of Wietske Loebis‘ Tekst Zoekt Muziek, for which I composed the songs Het Onvoltooide, Pissebed Huub and Kerst ’84
- Crea Theater, Amsterdam (August 2019): Een Nieuwe Musical/Niels van Doormalen: three songs, translated in Dutch, from Brothers
- Martian Entertainment, New York (July 2019): reading of Brothers
- Residence of the Dutch ambassador in London (April 2019): I got commissioned to make a new vocal arrangement of the Dutch national anthem for the official King’s Day Celebrations
- Various cabaret shows in London (March – May 2019): Guts, performed by Tessa Berkelmans
- Christmas single (in Dutch), various national radio stations (December 2018), lyrics by Wietske Loebis
- Tristan Bates Theatre, London (June 2018) and Arts Theatre, London (May 2018) for Prelude: I Will Hold You and Invisible from Brothers and the title song from Forgive Us, Oh Father!
- The Federal, Los Angeles (May 2018), for FNAM 3rd Mondays: Invisible from Brothers
- Hebrew-language workshop of Brothers, Tel Aviv (April 2018), directed by Dan Kiesler
- Above the Stag Theatre, London (February 2018), staged reading of Brothers
- Clapham Omnibus, London (February 2018) for Tiny Shows
Performer Agency represents me in Amsterdam. I’m currently working on various new projects but I’m always open to discuss potential new collaborations.
I adapted the multiple award-winning Dutch novel Brothers by Ted van Lieshout, a story about two brothers who deal with love, death, secrets and sexuality. Exciting news about this show to follow soon.
Together with Danish crime novellist Lone Theils I’m developing Grey Mouse, a story about a female master embezzler who disguises herself as a grey mouse to stay unnoticed, but leads a glamorous life when she’s out of sight.
In collaboration with Harry Style I wrote the farcical musical Forgive Us, Oh Father!, a story about a lazy priest and his unfortunate congregation. Together with Harry I’m now writing Not Dead Yet, a comedy about a retirement home.
I also translate lyrics and shows from Dutch and German to English.
SHOWS UNDER DEVELOPMENT:
OTHER PROJECTS, STILL IN EARLY STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT:
- Not Dead Yet – Will the inhabitants of a retirement home be able to keep their home open now a property developer has set eyes on it?
- Grey Mouse – Based on a true story of a civil servant who, over years, stole millions from her employer. How did she get this far?
- Balls – How does a young, vibrant guy deal with testicular cancer?
- 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.