Martin Coslett, Artistic Director of Ashgate Heritage Arts reveals how Ashgate Heritage Arts got started; his amazement at receiving funding from Arts Council England enabling them to take their latest production to the stage; and the very first show that ignited his passion for musicals.
How did Ashgate Heritage Arts come about?
It was a meeting of creative minds: Peter and I are both musicians who gig around Chesterfield: Peter in the folk band Jig for a Kiss and me in the Brampton Community Band, a Ceilidh band. Our paths crossed and it transpired we had a shared appreciation of musicals. I met Mary Hennessy, our scriptwriter, through a writing group I belong to: ‘Writers in the Peak’. We’re all passionate about creating wonderful stories through musical theatre. The Crooked Spire is our first major production as a team.