FLASH - 2021
A Hollywood Musical
When Sam caught COVID19 last year (luckily with no serious symptoms), comic actor and writer Ant Payne challenged Sam to write a new musical in his time off. Together they ended up writing six fully written and orchestrated songs in six days, and since then they haven't stopped.
Their new musical 'FLASH' is about a photographer in the 1930s who moves to Hollywood to work on the silver screen, but unsurprisingly, it's not all it's cracked up to be...
The music has a 'classic Hollywood' feel to it, with nostalgia and dream sequences taking a front seat. Sam and Ant have their eyes set on turning it into a full feature film, and pick up where La La Land left off.
'Gotta Get Out' from FLASH, A Hollywood Musical by Sam Hall and Ant Payne.
'Billy, a frustrated photographer, is fed up of his hectic New York life and decides to move to Hollywood to follow his dreams and work in film.'
Billy - Cameron Sharp
Alto Sax 1 - Jonny Vaux
Alto Sax 2 - Joe Atkin-Reeves
Tenor Sax - Dave Ruff
Baritone Sax - Steph Frankland Trumpet 1 - Will Smith
Trumpet 2 - Tom Gardner
Trumpet 3 - Paul Mitchell Trombones - Graeme Boyd
Violin - Elizaveta Saul
Violin - Tom Crofton-Green
Piano - Ben Holder
Bass - Dan Hall
Percussion - Owen Williams
Drum Kit - Dave Stewart
Video design by Laura Joely Regan
On The Edge - 2020
A New Musical
'He's So Different' from On The Edge, a new musical with music, book and lyrics by Sam Hall, directed by Patrick O'Neill.
Months into her relationship with James, Jess laments how he has changed.
Jess - Kayleigh McKnight
James - Harry Bradley
Orchestrations - Sam Hall
Piano, Bass & Guitar - Sam Hall
Violin - Tom Crofton-Green
Filmed and Edited by Simon Cossons.
James is about to jump in front of a train. His life is falling apart and he is out of choices.
At the last moment he is stopped by Linda, a passing stranger walking her dog. James opens up to her about the past ten months leading to his moment on the edge. He tells her the story of his relationship with his girlfriend Jess; from their one night stand resulting in an accidental pregnancy, to their forced partnership and breakdown. Along the way, James battles with the loss of his mum, which leads him to find comfort in drugs and alcohol, whipping his life into a chaotic downfall as he searches for happiness and purpose.
This piece is a personal one. In January 2020, one of my best friends wrote a suicide note. Luckily, he confided in myself and others before it was too late, but the thought of losing him affected me greatly, and hugely inspired this tale of someone who, quite literally, loses everything.
On The Edge is a musical about the fear of being alone, the wonders of hindsight, and the consequences of self destruction while celebrating the power of listening to those who silently cry for help.
Development workshop coming later this year.
Smoke - 2018
1860s South London
'Oh Where Are You Going To?' Feat. Ben Stratton
'Who Can Stop It But Me?' Feat. Emma Salvo & Lawrence Smith
Smoke - Book & Lyrics by Darren Rapier, with music by Sam Hall was chosen to be part of the From Page to Stage workshop and showcase at the Southwark Playhouse in September 2018, directed by Bronagh Lagan, musical direction by Marcus Adams, and featuring performers Rosemary Ashe, Lawrence Smith, Adam Linstead, David Bardsley, Emma Salvo, Simbi Aktande, Will Carey and Benjamin Stratton.
'Although set in 1860s London, Smoke deals with contemporary issues about development and ‘progress’, asking the question ‘Where Are You [We] Going to?’
Mrs Mill and her family’s life is turned upside-down, when the railway company arrives telling her she will have to sell her house to aid the ‘Improvements’ happening in Southwark, where vast working-class areas are being demolished. Her daughter Eleanor decides to stand up to the developers, as the family struggle to hold on to their way of life, against the relentless building and destruction around them.'
Viking - 2017
An Epic Musical
'VIKING' - Book & Lyrics by Kanwar Crosse, Music & Additional Lyrics by Sam Hall. VIKING is an incredibly exciting and epic tale focusing on themes of identity, set in the dramatic and thrilling society of the ‘Viking’ people.
VIKING whilst completely fictional, incorporates lots of the social and historical practices of these people, with a side helping of magic, mythology and a splash of pillaging, betrayal and murder, (after all, these are Vikings we’re talking about!).
Our story begins by the telling of a prophesy; that the King and Queen’s offspring will bring and end to the impending darkness haunting their world, and save all mankind! Nine months later, the Queen gives birth to a beautiful son, Bjorn, and the townsfolk rejoice. But suddenly, another child is born, a girl, Freya.
As they grow older, it is clear that King Magnus favours his son and believes that he is the child destined to save their land. However, Freya grows up to be strong, adventurous and feisty, whilst Bjorn, a more gentle soul, not keen on fighting like his sister, preoccupies himself with eating and resting.
As the story progresses, it is clear that Ragnarok (the viking apocalypse) is drawing in. Freya and Bjorn battle enemy clans, monsters, draugrs (viking zombies) and even a God! Our story finishes with the realisation that the prophecy referred to both of them, working together as brother and sister, and bringing peace to their world.
Sam and Kanwar ran an act one workshop in Rochester in 2018.