Autumn is now upon us and the nights are drawing in.
I’ve recently returned to theatreland after the summer break and am looking forward to upcoming shows and the glitter and sparkle of pantomime.
The Kings Theatre in Southsea and Fareham’s Ferneham Hall are both pretty amazing places to work.
Theatre is an important part of my life, a world within a world full of magic, mayhem and fun.
Every show is unique in its own way and I love meeting and greeting patrons who come from all walks of life.
To me theatre equals community, as it brings people together – the audience, actors, stage managers and crew – to share a matchless experience, a moment which will never be replicated.
We see our lives reflected on stage, but most importantly we connect with one another, sharing a moment in time and our humanity.
There are some fabulous productions coming up this fall, with exciting times for local amdram and musical societies.
Both Portsmouth Players and South Downe Musical Society are branching out with some fresh, vibrant musicals appealing to all age groups.
The Players will be bringing us some divine nun fun this very week with Sister Act, followed by Hairspray.
SDMS has already given us an awesome few days of imaginative puppetry with its production of Avenue Q and has Fiddler On The Roof at the Kings next month.
Next year will be another premiere with Sunshine On Leith, a jukebox musical featuring songs from The Proclaimers. I think theatres are spot on, moving with the times with more modern productions.
Over the past year I’ve seen several professional companies and amateur casts perform the same show. Whilst the West End shows may have snazzier scenery and glitzier costumes, I’ve ended up feeling that local talent has the edge.
They’ve put much more of themselves into the performance and their enjoyment of being on stage and entertaining an audience really shone through.
Please support your local theatres so they can continue to thrive and bring you some great quality entertainment.