Treatment

Written by David Muscat, 'The Fosse Forest' is a witty musical theatrical sitcom.  A behind-the-scenes insight into putting on a musical.

 

'The Office' meets 'The Prom' in London's West End.

This is a show, about a show, that does not exist.

Rationale

From a business perspective, there is no denying the sizeable demographic worldwide with a vested interest in theatrical content driven story-lines.

In the UK alone, pre-COVID, the theatre industry amassed a worth £101.5 billion, growing at nearly twice the rate of the UK economy.

Whilst the pandemic has had a devastating affect on the Arts industry, what has become apparent is a hunger for musical theatre content.

'The Fosse Forest' is a comical look at the process of putting on a show and whilst the humour is lead by farcical industry scenarios the story-line is balanced with universal constructs.

Outside of the United Kingdom there is no doubt an audience exists across the USA, Australia, Asia & Europe.

Proof of Concept

This concept was inspired by the success of Philip Joel’s social media sketch videos during 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 it's audience has been a driving indication of a success with this concept.

 

We launched the concept episode online towards the end of 2020.

Site: www.thefosseforestballet.com

The response has been phenomenal and has provided us with an insight into the potential audience. With a 'zero budget' we have managed to raise thousands and the episode has been extremely well received.

Outside of our concept episode, in recent times we have seen similar projects receive fantastic audiences

 - 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

 

Reviewed by several independent reviewers, including Arts institutions, bloggers and renowned Theatre reviewers, the concept episode has received no-fewer that 4 stars.

Review Snapshot:

 ‘Joel shows off a natural flair for comedy’: THE FOSSE FOREST BALLET (Online review) ★★★★

 

'Clever satire and witty one-liners ... with more magic created when West End stars pop up among the cast’ ★★★★

 

'Writer David Muscat has brought the same fast-paced comedic tone to the forty-minute piece, which we can definitely hope gets picked up somewhere for a series! ****’ 4 1/2 stars'

‘The Forest Fosse Ballet’ shows great potential to be developed further into a full series, with a great sense of comedy and many funny relatable characters. ★★★★

 

The writing is witty y’all and the actors crushed the comedic timing. ★★★★

Target Audience

Based on launching the concept episode online we know the following;

Viewers by Country:

- 74% United Kingdom

- 12% Australia

- 7% United States of America

- 5% Europe

- 2% Other

Viewers by Gender:

- 65% Female

- 35% Male

Whilst we don't have a metric to gather the 'age range', from looking at the continual social feedback there has been a vast mix of ages enjoy the episode. Ranging from low teens to a more mature audience.

Budget

A very cost effective budget requirement due to a ‘single location’ shoot venue with efficient cast & crew involvement.

Press

Launch Buzz