As my family will tell you I do from time to time recount (bore them!!) about how I “trod the boards” as drama student (alas more years ago than I care to remember). Back in the day I had 3 fabulous years at Exeter University acting, creating, rolling around in footless tights and being a bit radical (the drama department was the left wing bastion of a very conservative Uni!!). After graduating I very nearly got a job with a TIE company before taking the sensible option and training as a teacher. I then taught drama in secondary schools for a couple of years before moving into the world of publishing and marketing.
Fast forward to 2014 and I am thrilled to announce that I have just been appointed photographer in residence at the lovely West Acre Theatre just outside Swaffham. My husband was very excited too and had my bags packed for me until I broke the news to him that it didn’t actually mean me living there (although by a strange coincidence the theatre does resemble our house somewhat as it is also a former Methodist chapel). What it does mean is that I will be taking photos for the theatre over the summer season of shows, workshops, special events and the venue itself.
On Saturday I had my first assignment – to shoot the Creative Arts East Show Promoters’ Day – which was a showcase of community theatre available for booking for the Autumn/Winter season. It was a great day, with some fabulous performances ranging from an imaginative Pied Piper from The Norwich Puppet Theatre to a new take on James Bond by the charismatic Gavin Roberston.
It goes without saying that I am really looking forward to working with the theatre over the coming months!