Interview with Oscar (not the grouch)

July 12, 2017

 

 

Tell us a bit about your job at the King’s Head Theatre?

 

I’m the producer, I work closely with the senior producer as part of the wider producing team, and specifically look after marketing and programming. I seek out work to bring into the King’s Head Theatre for our late night, sessions and festival strands of work, so I spend a lot of time watching theatre, which great! Marketing is heady mix of ticket sales, newsletters, data analysis, adverts, photoshoots, trailers and press campaigns. Ultimately, it’s about making sure that we’re effectively communicating with and engaging as many people as possible, be they audience members, industry professionals, local residents or artists. We want everyone to know about the King’s Head Theatre and the work that we do here

 

What’s the best piece of theatre you’ve ever seen?

 

There’s no easy answer to this question; I’m forever changing my mind, and I think everything I’ve seen that’s great is great for specific and unique reasons. A few highlights would be Gary Owen’s Iphigenia in Splott, Mike Bartlett’s Bull and Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs. Like almost everyone else, I think Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem is a work of screaming genius but I’ve only read the script and watched a recording.

 

The King’s Head Theatre team make lunch for each other every Thursday, what’s your signature dish?

 

Well, my spinach, tomato and chickpea curry is unreal and I’ve been known to make a good Melanzane, but also known to burn a good Melanzane to a crisp. I’m also pretty good at purchasing pre-packed sandwiches from across the road.

 

In an alternate universe, what would your ideal job be?

 

Theatre critic. Documentary filmmaker. Art dealer. Or maybe a maverick TV cop who doesn’t play by the rules but gets results.

 

The King’s Head Theatre has a stupendous ice cream selection… what’s your favourite flavour?

 

Blackberry wins. Hands down.

 

Why does theatre matter?

 

To get on my soapbox (I don’t have a soapbox), I think as more and more aspects of our lives involve looking at screens, experiencing something live, something ephemeral and something as part of a collective is increasingly precious. Theatre has been taking risks, challenging preconceptions, cultivating ideas, inciting debate, evoking emotions and making people laugh for thousands of years; it’s pure magic and I don’t think it will ever, ever go away.

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