Musical Theatre with JMU Drama

Sarah has worked as composer and musical director for numerous productions with Liverpool John Moores University.

Productions involved directing 50 + university drama students with original music specifically written for each show. Sarah ran vocal, song writing and musical sessions in collaboration with the in-house directors at JMU.

Here are some of her highlights…..

Pool of Blood

The 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A Murderous Theatre of Blood was the late night attraction at the Surgeons Hall at the Edinburgh Festival 2012. Live music and Dead people.

Directed by David Llewellyn & Andrew Sherlock
Composition and musical direction by Sarah Llewellyn
Lyrics by Andrew Sherlock

The Band

Sarah Llewellyn – Piano, Bex Burch – Drums/ Percussion, Tom Wilson – Guitar, Lee Burnitt – Bass

great songs, with strong voices and some excellent harmonies. . . . often recalling Tim Burton’s adaptation of the musical Sweeney Todd..a deliciously dark, delectably violent melodrama

Will Howard, Fringe Guru

Something that really stood out for me was the musical attribution towards the show..the music helped explain the story and the voices of the actors/actresses were very strong throughout

Chris Marshall, Edinburg Festival Guide, *****

Pool of Blood music extracts (live show recordings)


St Georges Hall, Liverpool

As part of Liverpool European Capital of Culture in association with the culture company John Moores University created a musical of 800 years of Liverpool History which was performed at the magnificent St Georges Hall Liverpool.


Directors David Llewellyn, Andrew Sherlock, J Hogarth

Composer & Musical Director Sarah Llewellyn

Lyrics Gaynor Winstanley, Andrew Sherlock, JMU drama students 

800 YEARS music extracts (live show recordings)

LiverPool of Blood

Production Photo by Fiona Filby

A macabre musical extravaganza by the JMU @ The Liverpool Everyman. Murder and mystery stories from Liverpool.

One of the central stories to this production was of James Maybrick, a Liverpool cotton merchant whose diary was presented in 1992 claiming he was Jack the Ripper. His wife Florence Maybrick was convicted of his murder in 1889, she poisoned him.


Directors David Llewellyn, Andrew Sherlock and R Merkin
Composer & Musical Director Sarah Llewellyn
Lyrics Gaynor Winstanley, Andrew Sherlock, JMU Drama students

Dark choral harmonies merge with gloriously malevolent, toe-tapping tunes in this blood-curdling rock opera cabaret

Gaynor Wright, Creative Education Manager, Liverpool Culture Company

LiverPool of Blood music extracts (rehearsal recordings)

The Thoughtful Dresser

A burlesque cabaret evening with three course meal at Liverpool’s Zeligs restaurant. An adaption of the Thoughtful Dresser by Linda Grant… song, vignettes, sketches, stand-up-comedy.

Director David Llewellyn
Music Director Sarah Llewellyn
Lyrics Gaynor Winstanley

Musical Extracts from the thoughtful Dresser

Dress Me - extracts

Make mine an Androgyne - extract


Sarah conducting students in rehearsal

Adaptations of ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy, ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley and the internet society 2nd Life.

Three simultaneous shows performed by the JMU in multi-performance spaces at the Liverpool World Museum.

Directors Andrew Sherlock, R. Merkin, J. Freez
Music by Sarah Llewellyn 

Extracts from L8R

L8R extract of soundscape

Extract from Hypnotist