Spotlight on: Adam Morris


Adam Morris is the arranger for the music in ‘Brain Hemingway’. This is his fifth such collaboration with Erin Murray Quinlan, which includes Off-Broadway’s ‘God Save Queen Pam’, and the song ‘How Can I Tell You’ from ‘The MS Song Cycle’, sung by Julie Atherton. Arrangements for choirs have earned him a UK Christmas Number 1 and featured live on the BBC. As part of the Mercury Musical Development program, his orchestrations and additional compositions on Kitty Morgan’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights have been workshopped by the likes of Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misèrables, Miss Saigon). Past MD roles include The Fantasticks (Rose Bridge Theatre) and Die Fledermaus (Barber Institute, Birmingham). He currently works as a Music teacher and orchestral conductor based in London.


How did you get involved with Brain Hemingway?

Through a collaborator with the audacious brain to conceive of it.

What is your history with the Fringe?

I’ve performed in improv and musicals at the Fringe before and have visited it many times too, it’s a blast!

What is your favorite play/musical?

Play: Noises Off, by Michael Frayn. Musical: An American In Paris.


What did you miss most about live theater?

Silliness and interaction with a cast.

What celebrity lives rent free in your head?

Robin Williams, pretty much a daily Mrs. Doubtfire quote as well as his improv and outtakes and interviews and best scenes on constant rotation in my head… A beautiful man, a wonderful mind, a funny and fun and tender genius, much missed.

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?

Watching bloopers or Robin Williams or favourite celebrity interviews on YouTube. And cooking, often at the same time.

Shampoo/conditioner: Yes or no?

As a bald man, I feel uniquely qualified to answer this question. And the answer is, obviously, no, because you shampoo first and then use a leave-IN conditioner. Does wonders for the scalp.