What a year it’s been! From my interview in front of a warming fire in the pub downstairs, to meeting countless new colleagues, contacts and friends, working on a variety of productions and bedding down roots in this sprawling city.
I moved to London to join the scheme from Exeter in Devon, where there’s a lot more countryside and a little less theatre. The King’s Head Theatre were so supportive in that move and the huge adjustments to London living. As a regional director, I thought I knew what the scheme would be like, but all the amazing people, I’ve met have made it so much more.
I worked on various projects over my year on Upper Street including F*cking Men, Playmill Festival, For Reasons that Remain Unclear, High Ridin', La Traviata, Buttons: A Cinderella Story and Club Tropicana. This involved working with a range of directors, all with different styles and ways of working and a host of creative teams. I’m already working with some of the creatives I met on these projects on future shows, and that’s without counting the friends I made across the projects. Of course, you’re never going to get on with everyone in this industry, but I’ve been exceedingly lucky to have worked with some really talented and lovely people.
A highlight for me has definitely been working with Charles Court Opera on Buttons, the King’s Head Theatre's Christmas pantomime. There’s something really special about making people laugh and leave the theatre entertained, especially at Christmas. They also take their music really seriously which is so refreshing compared to lots of pantos where it can be very much an afterthought.
Most recently, I’ve been working on the national tour of Club Tropicana. This has been a huge step up, especially having landed the role of Resident Director on the tour following my Assistant Director role in the room. Working in a room with directors Sam Holmes and Nick Winston has been a brilliant learning experience. Their precision and instinct particularly with the comic sequences was an absolute joy to watch and I’ve learnt a lot.
So I won’t be dropping into the King’s Head Theatre as much moving forward, but the lovely thing about the team there is that even once you’ve moved on, there’s always a home for you on upper street and a family ready for a visit. I’m so grateful to the whole King’s Head Theatre team for making my year such an enjoyable and nourishing experience.
Au revoir King’s Head Theatre.