Mary Evans and Luke Bateman were matched up in Blind Date 2012. They won the Industry Panel Award for that event, and have since gone on to win the Audience Award in our Christmas songwriting competition, Xmas Factor, 2 years in a row.
In early 2015 Iris Theatre commissioned them to write their first full musical together. H.R.Haitch received a two week Arts Council England funded workshop, and after 2 hugely successful concert performances in May this year, we hope to take it to full production next spring.
“It’s strange to think that a quirky competition I entered on a whim four years ago has had such an impact on my life. Through Work in Progress, I have met a fantastic collaborator and wonderful friend and we have gone on to have many wonderful experiences together. I also met Luke Bateman, but them’s the breaks…”