Help! I’m a Business Woman

So it’s been quite a while since my last post.  Please forgive me.  It has been one of the busiest years (18 months) of my life with SAVVY Theatre Company undergoing a monumental organisational development process – working with a consultant on our long-term development and ‘bigger picture’ thinking; me PERSONALLY undergoing a crash course…

Accents & Inappropriateness

So today was interesting. What started out as a silly game, ended in a serious discussion. So the game was ‘Signal Murder’ – a version of the classic Wink Murder, where the murderer can use any ‘signal’ to kill i.e. a flick of the finger or cross of the arms.  As detective I have to…

I Know My Lines

Lines – the bane of my existence. I’ve spent SO LONG trying to convince people (both young casts and older casts) that acting and creating theatre is not all about lines. I DOESN’T MATTER how many lines you have – the important thing is what is the story we are telling and what part does…

Fun & Funding

It’s 2018! For a lot of people (me included), 2017 was a difficult year … my main priority throughout all of last year was my hard-fought fight to re-open a much-loved local theatre (ultimately unsuccessful due to the council’s policy of seeking a commercial rent)!  It took up my waking hours, my sleeping hours, seeping…

The Right To Be An Artist

I’ve spent my whole life justifying why I chose to be a professional artist – but in the past year, month, week … so many things have happened that have compounded not only in the belief of MY right to be an artist, but in the right (and dare I say) necessity that EVERYONE has…

Little Things & Big Things

I was reminded of a story recently. When I was 17 there was a bit of politics (or something) happening in the school that essentially meant our drama teachers decided to walk out. Now for the past 4 years we had always taken part in the National Rock & Roll Eisteddfod – hard to explain,…

Grassroots Level

So, there seems to be a misconception in both the industry and the wider world, that if you work at grassroots level it’s because you either haven’t ‘made it’ yet or because you’re not very ‘good’ at it. I like to think of the Creative Industries as a large umbrella, covering a diverse range of…

A Monumental Reminder

So this past week saw two monumental firsts in our journey of working with hard-to-engage young people. For the first time ever we worked on and performed an ACTUAL SCRIPTED PIECE!   Yes!  Through all the (continued) turmoil, we actually did script work! We have arrived at a point where we continue to work with…

The Power of Energy

So I’m currently engaged in two major projects that sees me in negotiation with two different councils. Both projects entail a lot of work. Both projects involve a lot of meetings. Both projects have the potential to affect the cultural landscape of the boroughs I’m working in. ONE council is full of positive energy. In…

Pecking Order

So during the lead up to our annual pantomime, in which we bring pupils and staff together, a joint rehearsal was organised. It was the idea of the young cast members to run through their scenes with the teachers, so we arranged for them to stay after school … however, what followed was a storm…