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Help get #ArmchairMusical to BEAM 2023!

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Hi! My name is Jordan Li-Smith, and I have written a new musical called The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, based on the best-selling novel by Lara Williamson. It has been chosen as part of 29 new musicals that will be showcased this year at BEAM 2023 - the biggest showcase of new musicals in the UK!

About the show

Becket Rumsey is all at sea.

He and his brother Billy are awoken in the middle of the night by their Dad, told that he’s packed their bags and they are running away together, leaving everything behind, including their almost-mum Pearl. Becket can’t comprehend what’s happening, especially as they didn’t even say goodbye to her - it’s all a total mystery.

Whilst coming to terms with the fact that his real mum died before he had a chance to say goodbye to her too, he arms himself with an armchair of stories and one thousand paper cranes, determined to bring his family back together again.

Here's some more info about BEAM2023:

Producing a 25-minute presentation at BEAM is a huge undertaking, and I need your help to get us there! To showcase the show's full potential, we're presenting with a cast of 14, supported by a 5-piece band, which is so exciting! Thankfully, Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network (the producers of BEAM) have provided £2000 to support our presentation, but as this is slightly bigger than the average presentation, we need even more support to get us there!

All the musicals presenting at BEAM are committed to paying their artists properly for their time. All the money you donate will go towards:

  • Actors, Musicians and Creatives fees
  • Rehearsal Venue costs
  • Travel and Accommodation expenses
  • Chaperone fees (Our leading actors are both children!)
  • Other technical costs and services

I am sure you'd like to listen to some of #ArmchairMusical before donating your precious earned cash! So, here's an exclusive listen to four demos from the musical:

I hope you enjoy what you hear, and can support #ArmchairMusical's journey to BEAM 2023!

Thank you,

Jordan Li-Smith

ps. The world premiere of #ArmchairMusical is happening this August at Leicester Curve! Produced by the National Youth Music Theatre. Take a look:



  • helena rose geoghegan
    • £20 
    • 1 yr
  • Sheena Muggeridge
    • £10 
    • 1 yr
  • Polly Green
    • £10 
    • 1 yr
    • £25 
    • 1 yr
  • Emily Proudlock
    • £5 
    • 1 yr


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