There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the arts at the moment and things are a little unsettling. So, I'm here to spread a little positivity and continue shining a light on our wonderful industry. And remind people just how much theatre means to each and every one of us.
I spoke with some of my fellow theatre lovers to find out how much the arts mean to them…
Q: When did you first fall in love with theatre?
Travelling Salesman: I had grown up in an am dram family. Gran doing costumes, Mum in the orchestra, Dad running front of house. I appeared on stage a couple of times before going backstage and once hitting backstage I never turned back!
Q: What are your top 3 all-time favourite shows?
I’ve Bought Another Ticket: I have a soft spot for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Mary Poppins because they’re so nostalgic, feel good and full of colour. I also love Phantom and Les Mis.
Q: What inspired you to start a theatre blog?
The Dithering Dilettante: A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through my socials and realised that the main way people are trying to combat the mental health crisis brought about by lockdown is through creativity: I see friends who finally have time to sew, bake, run or learn TikTok dance routines. I can confirm that I am completely useless at all of those things, but lockdown provided me with so much amorphous free time that I could no longer put off what I’d always wanted to do: fling some opinions out into the digital ether in the hope that some people would read them and relate.
Q: If you could be a show character for a day, who would you be?
I’ve Bought Another Ticket: Probably Mary in Mary Poppins because she’s sassy and funny, has some great choreography and gets to fly across the theatre.
Q: In one sentence, can you sum up what theatre means to you?
I’ve Bought Another Ticket: Theatre is like going home. Whatever show you see and whatever theatre you’re at. You’re always amongst friends and in a safe place.
Travelling Salesman: Theatre is more than a passion, it’s really a way of life and gives me huge enjoyment and it’s my job at the same time – I couldn’t wish for more!
The Dithering Dilettante: I love theatre’s paradoxical ability to transport you into an unfamiliar world, but also act as a lens through which we can examine our own lives.
If you want to read more of this interview, head over to Holly’s Theatre Thoughts.