I can barely believe it but I have now been Executive Director of Salisbury Playhouse for five months. How times flies when you are busy and having fun. It has been a jam-packed five months, meeting so many new people, both in the Playhouse and outside it. I am from Suffolk and have very little knowledge of Wiltshire and what a stunning county I have found it to be. The beautiful rolling hills, chocolate-box villages, Salisbury plain and, of course, beautiful Salisbury itself. Every morning I cycle into work from my new home in the lovely village of Britford and I pass through the Cathedral Close. I never fail to catch my breath at the majesty and splendour of the Cathedral, so often shrouded in early morning mist – a sight for sore eyes!
And talking of the Cathedral, reminds me that soon after I arrived, we opened our bold production of The Spire, the stage premiere of William Golding’s classic novel and this premiere couldn’t have happened in a more appropriate theatre! Other productions in my first season included London, our co-production with Paines Plough, the Watermill’s joyful production of Radio Times and, of course, our traditional family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, which played to ecstatic, packed houses.
Looking to the future, we will soon be launching Theatre Fest West – our collaboration with the Salisbury Arts Centre, celebrating some of the most imaginative theatre from the South West. Highlights will include Company Boudin’s The Count of Monte Cristo , Stuff and Nonsense’s The Elves and the Shoemaker , and The Last Post, a show performed in a converted Luton van. So I invite you all to come and feast on these delights and many more!
20 March 2013