Tell us a bit about your job at the King’s Head Theatre?
I work as an Executive Assistant at the King’s Head Theatre which basically means that I assist the Executive and Artistic Directors. What I actually do can vary a lot, from managing calendars (people here are busy!) to setting up meetings, proof reading, researching and anything in-between. Because I might be working across lots of different tasks I get a real insight into so many aspects of how the theatre is managed so I’m constantly learning and discovering new things.
What’s the best piece of theatre you’ve ever seen?
I’m a huge fan of one person shows so it would have to be ’17 Boarder Crossings’. I saw it at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and it has stuck with me ever since. The show featured one man telling the stories of boarder crossings throughout history from trips through the rainforest to the US-Mexico boarder. All he used was a desk and a lighting bar that he could raise and lower but the effect was incredible. It was theatre at it’s most captivating and imaginative and showed how simplicity can be a powerful theatrical tool.
In an alternate universe, what would your ideal job be?
An architect. I once failed an exam at school because I spent my whole time designing a house that was built around a waterfall. I thought it was pretty good. My history teacher did not.
The King’s Head Theatre has a stupendous ice cream selection… what’s your favourite flavour?
Well I’ve only tried the Lemon Sorbet which is always a strong option but I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Caramel and Hazelnut
Why does theatre matter?
Theatre matters because it’s has the capability to shape opinion and change minds. As an audience member you’re forced to confront what’s in front of you whether thats a huge cast or one person - there’s no option to pause, no ability to move away. The fact that you are watching a performer, live on stage, humanises even the most difficult of ideas and subjects in a way other forms can’t. It’s also a communal art. It’s made together, watched together and experienced together, so it allows us to share ideas and really listen to each other.