Who are the QWERTY girls?
The QWERTY girls are Aleathea Monsour (music) and Katy Forde (lyrics and stories).
Partners in both life and music, they are as married as the law allows, and live in Maleny, a hinterland town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. They have been writing musicals together since 2005.
Their first musical, “Lottie” received a four-week season at the Morningside Institute of TAFE. It was a runaway success, receiving nightly ovations, and sell out performances. Based on its success, Monsour received an Arts Queensland grant to produce a professional CD of the show.
In 2007, the Monsour & Forde musical “Volition” was selected for the prestigious Metro Arts Independents Program. The team also won the BizArts Makers Scholarship, which included inner-city office space and one full year of arts business training.
In 2010, the Monsour & Forde musical “Lottie” was selected as one of OzMade's four best new musicals in Australia, and received a showcase performance at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne. At this event, composer and writer Craig Christie ("Eurobeat") saw great potential in the team, and is now their mentor.
The showcase lead to a rehearsed reading in Melbourne in 2011, starring actors such as Annie Lee ("The Kransky Sisters") and Sandro Colarelli. At this event, Katy and Aleathea received great encouragement from industry professionals, leading to further workshops in 2013, with a view to publication.
Forde also won the Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Award for "Miss Cooper", (their next musical). The prize-money has helped Monsour and Forde research and write the show, which is due for completion in 2014.
You can contact the QWERTY girls here, or email theqwertygirls [@] gmail.com.