Facilitator, Director, Theatre Maker

2018: When the full time and freelance collide

I am 6 months into my post at Culture NL as Arts Development Officer and its been interesting to get to know the current groups and people accessing our services. There is a lot on offer (hadn't realised? check it out for yourself at www.culturenl.co.uk/arts). 

The decision to step out of the theatre industry to focus on grass roots community work was a scary one to make and at times I do miss aspects of being in a producing theatre building but I'm enjoying this new challenge. 

In Autumn last year my colleagues at Scottish Opera got in touch regarding Memory Spinners coming to North Lanarkshire in partnership with Culture NL. Its been wonderful to have my freelance and full time worlds collide as we try to establish a group in North Lanarkshire and build on the success of Scottish Opera's Glasgow and Edinburgh Memory Spinners groups. The project is fantastic and so to be able to offer it to residents within NL is tremendous. 

Monday was our first session in Airdrie Town Hall and it was magical. 41 of us met for the first time and they are a lively bunch, I must say. I think the next 7 weeks are going to be a hoot if yesterdays session was anything to go by. The energy in the room and the willingness to try new things in front of people they just met was infectious. 

I'm excited to see new friendships and support networks develop as we all go on the journey of making a piece of theatre together....... Let the fun begin!

Airdrie Memory Spinners performance Friday 23rd March 6.30pm Airdrie Town Hall.

Information on Memory Spinners can be found here; www.scottishopera.org.uk/join-in/memory-spinners