I was privileged to have been part of four TheatreFests between 2012 and 2015.
The first two as the Director of the Entertainingly Different Youth Theatre; performing Snarks by Phillip Bailey in 2012 and then in 2013 a devised piece entitled All for the Want of a Charter; Barum’s Secrets and Lies. This was such an amazing opportunity and experience for the young people involved and a great way to help establish ourselves as a newly formed group.
In the following two years Dexter Newman and myself performed our popular family shows Traditonal Tales with a Twist to much acclaim. All four shows were performed in the fabulously intimate venue that is the Baptist Hall in Boutport Street under the excellent stage management of Jo Hotchkiss and her brilliant sound and lighting techies. We were always made to feel so welcome and our needs well accommodated – by the third year it felt like we were coming home. Bill and Gill are such inspirational, enthusiastic and passionate people and it is this positivity and drive that echoes throughout the whole festival, Barnstaple is such a lucky town.
Highlights for me include drumming up interest and flyering on the streets, doing the taster sessions in the Barnstaple Coffee Shop, receiving some amazing coverage from the North Devon Journal and The Gazette and watching some performances/supporting other local and national companies and waiting anxiously to read a review!
Thank you Bill and Gill – here’s to 2021 and the future of the TheatreFest for many years to come – who knows I may even be tempted to apply again myself!
Rob Pudner, Director and Lead Practitioner