I admit that winter time isn’t exactly my finest hour – but with the approach of spring and the promise of more light at each end of the day, I’m feeling a pretty marvellous sense of anticipation. This is in part due to the fact that we’re not too far from one of our favourite weeks of the year, StageWrite, when we spend most of our waking hours in a theatre with other actors, directors and writers, getting new writing up on its feet in an exhilaratingly short space of time.
Not only this, but we’re continuing to enjoy a brilliant working relationship with The Art of Work, a highly successful management consultancy company based in Bedfordshire. We work alongside them to provide actors for training and development programmes that they deliver to a wide range of clients. You might say they are future specialists, in that they keep a very close eye on the way that the world of work is changing, and help organisations adapt accordingly. Working with them means we’re constantly learning and extending our own knowledge of business and leadership, plus they are incredibly lovely and talented people, so it’s win-win.
Working with the team at Milton Keynes hospital is also a regular feature in our diary, and it’s an absolute joy to be around such good humoured and dedicated people. They’re amazing at what they do and have developed an excellent skills day for staff – I get to be part of this as an actor on an ongoing basis.
Why do we do what we do? Because we believe there’s nothing quite like the experience of live action right in front of you, of the energy and connection between audience and performer, of the chance to look into someone else’s world and in doing so, reflect on your own.
Rehearsal shot: Harri Mardlin and Hannah Birkin in ‘Choices’