The Fosse Forest Ballet (Working Title)
A behind-the-scenes look at the latest West End musical to hit the theatres. From auditions to opening night.
This is a show, about a show, that does not exist.
Concept Episode Cast:
Hollyoaks, Celebrity Big Brother, Joseph & the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat
We Will Rock You, Cats, Les Misérables, Wicked
Grease, Evita, Guys & Dolls, Wicked
Phantom of the Opera, Cats, The Last Ship, Les Misérables
Pop Idol, Priscilla, Grease, Big Brother
Philip Joel, Amy Bailey, Nuwan Hugh-Perera, David Muscat, Tosh Wanogho-Maud
Ever wondered what it takes to put on a major West End musical?
What about the actors who make the sacrifice, suffering rejection after rejection as they pursue their dream?
'The Fosse Forest Ballet' is a fly-on-the-wall, narrative driven series that tells the story of three hopeful actors as they audition for the latest hit West End musical, 'The Fosse Forest Ballet'.
With comical, 'larger than life' characters ranging from the commission focused Agent, the frantically under prepared Choreographer, the wishy-washy Director, the flashy new-comer Producer and more.
Series one, tells the story from the first round of auditions to putting together the final pieces of the casting puzzle. Whilst we follow the three hopefuls we also see the creative team trying to bag themselves a West End legend. Will the hopefuls fulfil their dreams?
Series two, tells the story from first day of rehearsals spanning to opening night. With last minute cast changes, creative team squabbles and broken promises, the question is, will the curtain actually rise?
Proof of Concept:
This concept was inspired by the success of Philip Joel’s social media sketch videos during London's Lockdown.
A relative unknown at the time, with only a handful of followers, his social media videos alone have received over a million views. The level of engagement from their audience has been a driving indication of the feasible success of this concept.
We filmed a concept episode in between Lockdown One & Two and then launched it online towards the end of 2020 for the price of a coffee, £3.49. Site: www.thefosseforestballet.com
The response has been phenomenal and overall it's provided us with an insight into the potential audience. With a 'zero budget' marketing spend, we have managed to raise thousands and the episode has been extremely well received.
Reviewed by several independent reviewers, including Arts institutions, bloggers and renowned Theatre reviewers, the concept episode has received no-fewer that 4 stars.
Outside of our concept, in recent times we have seen similar 'Musical' orientated projects which have enjoyed fantastic success:
- STAGED (BBC) - 1.4 Million Viewers
- THE PROM (Netflix) - The second-most watched film over its first weekend on the platform.
- MUSICALS: THE GREATEST SHOW (BBC) - 4.1 Million Viewers
- SCHMIGADOON (Apple TV)
- IN THE HEIGHTS (Warner Bros)
- JINGLE JANGLE (NETFLIX)