When I was in my final year of university, I was asked to put forward a 5-year-plan. (Coincidently, this marks my five years and I haven’t done too badly!) In the discussion, the topic of location came up – and I firmly stated I wanted to stay in the North. For me, I had enough going on in Liverpool outside of theatre world to stay; I was involved with a local rugby club I’d helped from the early days, I worked in a small studio theatre which I loved with all my heart, I had my friends and family around me, and I was working with a group of people who liked me, and I liked them. Why would I want to go elsewhere? I was happy where I was. I wasn’t planning to risk that just to say I worked in London. People seem to think that all theatre practitioners aspire to the West End, but I had no such desires. The only time I wanted to be near the West End for work was when Cursed Child was announced – and as time went on and I had to defend myself each time I had to explain why I had no desire to go to London, something inside me grew to hate the idea of working in London.
For a while, I’ve tried to be more green. I wrote my dissertation 4 years ago on the environmental effect of touring a show, and it really opened my eyes as to how much energy I use – both directly and by proxy. Since then, I’ve come to realise that I, single-handedly cannot turn the theatre industry into a shining beacon of green eco-friendlyness. It’s just too much work. I can, however, do my little bit to try to reduce the effect I have on the planet. Continue reading
Everyone’s already said it, but I’m joining in too. January went on forever. I was glad of it, to be honest! I don’t really want 2018 to fly by, so a slow start to the year was just my cup of tea. February hasn’t been so kind, though, and is rushing by at the speed of light. If February wants to slow down, that would be fine by me.
January saw me wave goodbye to the Christmas show, saw me pop to London and get engaged and then generally saw me not work and mope about because Matt has gone back on tour. While moping, I played a huge amount of Civ V – but that’s been on so many favourites’ lists, so here’s five other things instead! Continue reading
Considering I pay for Spotify, and have access to so many artists, my Spotify is actually pretty limited. Rather than explore new music, I listen to one song that I like repeatedly. If I want to listen to new music, I stick Radio 6 on. This means I usually have a good idea which songs and artists will be on my annual top songs playlist from Spotify. However, seeing as I have hardly any memories from 2017, my playlist this year was quite the surprise – and also quite helpful in triggering a few memories for me!
Although the list features my top 40 songs, I thought that would make a bit of an epic post, so I narrowed it down to my top 10. For the sake of mobile users, I’ve made the title of each section a link, rather than embedding YouTube videos. I’d have no idea how to get them to resize with the window so I thought keeping them off the page altogether was the best thing to do!