Award-winning writer and lyricist for musical theatre

Joe Venable

ABOUT ME

I'm a lyricist, book-writer and theatre producer living in Cambridge, UK.

I try to write playful but emotionally incisive lyrics, with the goal of making people believe they may in fact enjoy going to the theatre.

This year I co-created 'Rishi Sunak's Doing A Musical', an election-themed satire written and produced in just six weeks, which ran at the Waterloo East Theatre.

Last year I took two of my shows, Jingle Street and On Your Bike, to the Edinburgh Fringe with a company I co-founded, called Chordstruck Theatre. And I've got lots more I''m excited to write, in 2024 and beyond!

Find out more about me here...

Awards & Reviews

For On Your Bike (2021)

WINNER

Best Musical

"A stunning achievement...

raucously witty to its core"
"Succeeds in highlighting some serious social issues...
the strength is in James and Venable's writing which is thoroughly engaging"

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Edinburgh Fringe 2021
For Jingle Street (2023)

"Hilarious...

an incredibly creative musical"

Theatre Weekly

"A wonderfully funny

masterpiece"

Musical Talk

NOMINATED

Best New Musical
The Stagey Place, Fringe 2024
For Rishi Sunak's Doing A Musical (2024)

"Gloriously silly... the writing is pin-sharp."

Daily Telegraph

"Top-tier satire... expertly written."

All That Dazzles

"Absolutely hilarious... a total audience-pleaser."

Theatre & Tonic

Lyrics I've Written

FAST TRACK

Charlie wonders if now's the time for one last big heist. From the musical No Cash Left on the Premises Overnight, music by Ben James, book & lyrics by Joe Venable. Performed by Lara Cosmetatos, with Nicole Tilby and Charlotte Dargan.

THE BIT

A love song, from the musical On Your Bike, music by Ben James, book & lyrics by Joe Venable. Performed by Emilia Grace and Dominic Carrington.

MR TICKLE: A TWO-MINUTE MUSICAL

Two minutes of pure tickle fun - from my Tiktok (click here for more)

For more see My Work
ON YOUR BIKE CAST RECORDING

You can listen to the cast recording of On Your Bike with the player above, or on Spotify here.

Articles

My words from around the web

for Chortle

for Varsity

from my Substack

Photo credits: Lucy Korzeniowska

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