#WorldTheatreDay pt. 2 Jo Bartlett

Today is #WorldTheatreDay. We have been asking members of the Camberley Theatre team for their thoughts and memories on theatre.

Jo Bartlett (Marketing)

How long have you worked within theatre?

2 ½ years here but I have worked within culture and the arts for over 25 years!

What’s the best thing you’ve worked on at Camberley Theatre – why was it so good?

Trainspotting here a few weeks ago. Workwise it was a challenge attempting to get a new audience to Camberley Theatre, but so worthwhile! I went to see one of the performances and it was a very raw theatrical production, it felt great to have a show here that is also on at the Edinburgh Festival!

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What’s the last thing you saw outside of Camberley Theatre?

Young Marx at The Bridge in London just before Christmas – staring Rory Kinnear. A fantastic set and play. The Bridge Theatre is an amazing new theatre in London. I love taking my children to see great theatre, I really hope the memories will stay with them for ever.

 

Favourite ever piece of theatre , either that you’ve seen or wished you’d seen.

I’ve been lucky enough to see some wonderful productions. I saw Alan Rickman and later Daniel Day Lewis as Hamlet, I also saw Rory Kinnear as Hamlet in 2010. I like to buy programmes and when I get home, hide them in amongst my books. The idea being that one of us will stumble upon them in years to come and get a lovely memory out of the blue. The trouble is, I couldn’t find some of the programmes I was looking for today to scan for this! Oh well, here’s  Alan Rickman at The Riverside in Hammersmith at least.

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Enron’ blew my mind in 2010. Directed by Rupert Goold and starring Samuel West, it was the first piece of modern theatre I had seen involving so many styles. It left me breathless.

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For me though, ‘Jerusalem’ written by Jez Butterworth and staring Mark Rylance was the best thing I’ve ever seen. Mark Rylance was out of this world. The whole play was completely captivating.

 

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I’m a huge fan of Jez Butterworth and when tickets went on sale to see ‘The Ferryman’ at The Royal Court last year I stayed on the phone for two hours to secure my tickets! It sold out that morning and has now transferred to the West End. It’s written by Jez Butterworth and stars Paddy Constantine – it had me in tears when they played The Undertones full blast through the sound system. I went with my family – it was a lovely sunny day last May. We went for a drink on the Kings Road afterwards and the cast all walked past so we stopped and congratulated them. It was a fabulous, life affirming moment!

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#WorldTheatreDay pt. 1 Zoe Stanton

Today is #WorldTheatreDay. We have been asking members of the Camberley Theatre team for their thoughts and memories on theatre.

Zoe Stanton (Front of House Officer)

How long have you worked within theatre?

 I started working as a casual Front of House assistant 2 years ago, then became a full-time Front of House Officer 6 months later.

 Why did you choose theatre as a career?

The theatre has always been a second home to me, I’ve performed in many amateur productions from a young age and now love working at a theatre as my job!

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(Me as Tracy Turnblad with her mum Edna in my college’s production of ‘Hairspray’.)

Do you ever get the chance to go to see shows not connected with work?

Yes, I’m a big fan of the West End and like to occasionally treat myself to one of the big London shows.

What’s the best thing you’ve worked on at Camberley Theatre – why was it so good?

Frimley Lodge Live is a favourite of mine, we’ve always been lucky with the weather and everyone is always in such a good mood all weekend – it’s great to work in such a fun, chilled out environment with fabulous music and sunshine.

What’s the last thing you saw outside of Camberley Theatre?

 I went to see Les Miserables last month with my friends, which I was buzzing to see because I loved the film version so much. It didn’t disappoint!

 

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Favourite ever piece of theatre, either that you’ve seen or wished you’d seen.

If you’re a theatre fan and haven’t seen the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, then where have you been? I’m also secretly crossing my fingers to finally get tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child