I’m Sarah, the Live Theatre blogger for March/April. What an honour! I’m really pleased because I love theatre and Live Theatre especially: the building, the enterprise, the shows and their unswerving commitment to encouraging local talent.
So as you may have gathered, I’m a bit of a fan and have been for years, pretty much since I moved to Newcastle in the 1970s to become a trainee fashion buyer at Fenwick’s – another great North East institution!
The world of fashion didn’t really click for me, so I took a big step into teaching and education, which is where I’ve stayed for pretty much all my working life. I trained to teach English and Drama and had the privilege of working with an inspirational drama tutor, Dorothy Heathcote, a woman who could magically conjure theatre out of almost nothing. So going to the theatre and exploring the different ways life can be represented on a stage has been a really important part of my life.
I do other things too – cooking is a real passion (how I loved Cooking with Elvis!) and I love to travel and eat. It’s a great way to find out about people’s lives and culture. I’m not just saying this, but my favourite Newcastle restaurant is Caffé Vivo – I go there when I can and love it every time! I go to a lot of live music and every time come away wishing I’d learnt to play guitar.
I have enjoyed many plays at Live Theatre, most recently Wet House and Flying Into Daylight – I came away from that one wishing I could tango…and I’m really looking forward to seeing Paddy Campbell’s new work Day of the Flymo because I really like his writing and have had a bit of experience working with children in the care system – so I’ll be very interested to get his take on that.
So many good things to come, and to share with you. I can’t wait!