Okay, so that's the official name. We're generally known as the Two Kayes (or KaK, depending on how you feel about our work!).
At the most basic level we are Kaye Vincent (words) and Kaye Tompkins (music), but we influence each other and argue lots. (No blood spilt, yet...) We started working together in 1999 and both the collaboration and our friendship have miraculously survived a span of theatrical endeavours, with a combination of huge stresses and celebrations too.
When developing a piece of musical theatre, I tend to start with a raw script and some early lyrics, which I present to Kaye T ("I've got an idea...!" "Oh no...please no...") Kaye T produces the first few musical numbers at great speed, reworking lyrics to flow with the music. Then the fun starts as we get together and refine, fill gaps in the lib and decide where the real peaks sit within the narrative. The music solves many a riddle in the script, allowing for huge cuts in dialogue (songs can say what would take five pages of dialogue to achieve) and gradually the piece begins to emerge. We've learnt over time that six months is not long enough to refine, but anything more than 12 months makes us impatient.
However, nothing reveals more than actually working the show with actors, which is phase 2. This is not always easy to accomplish, as any public performance comes at great cost, but we have achieved much (see examples and background in our Body of work). The work is not finished at that point (it never is), as we usually rework sections, delete sections and send the work off in all directions. We still dream of a wealthy producer wanting to develop our work further...and we will hold onto that dream.
We work separately on our own projects too. You can read about Kaye V's work on this site and Kaye T has a new sister -website under construction, which will carry exciting news about her independent work. Lots happening and we will herald the launch of her site here first, so keep an eye open on the blog. You can also read about Kaye Tompkins here.
We are managed as both The Writing Team and as independent creators through The Sharland Organisation. All performance and reproduction queries about our works must be directed through our management as a first enquiry.
To every person that has believed in us, supported us, sponsored us, seen our shows, worked for us, performed for us, backed us and cheered us on, we thank you with all our hearts. This obsession with writing for theatre is our passion, but it comes with immense self-doubt and trepidation too. We've listened over the years to a mass of exceptionally constructive criticism and advice. We've learnt many lessons. But without the support and encouragement of those who have made us believe in ourselves, we would not be here still trying, still creating. You all know who you are and we are lucky to have met so many people who genuinely care about our efforts. You give us courage and we are in your debt.