May 6, 2024

The Best People Care

Enter the vibrant realm of Theatretrain alongside Artistic Director Kevin Dowsett, where character isn't measured by interactions with animals, but by how we treat children and young people. Join us as we explore the dichotomy of theatre technicians, from begrudging gatekeepers to enthusiastic allies, and the profound influence they have on the stage.

They say that you can tell a person’s character by how they are towards animals. I don’t know about that but you certainly can tell something from how people behave towards children and young people.

As a company, we have played a lot of theatres and generally, I take people as I find them. When you go to perform at a theatre on a Sunday you can meet two very different kinds of people who work there.

The first type begrudges you walking in. You’d think they owned the place and often it’s a case of no you can’t do that. Why? Because you can’t! You can see them thinking, “Ughh I’ve got this bunch of kids all day, what are they going to get up to? What do they know, I bet their leaders are jumped up nobodies who know nothing. Heaven save me.” Never mind that they are getting paid double because it’s Sunday, they seem to carry negativity around with them. Everything you ask for is like asking for the moon. They’d simply prefer not to be there.

The second type loves you being there. They already know it’s not about them but the kids and they are unfailingly interested in what is happening and want to know what they can do to make it special. Nothing is ever a problem and they just enjoy what they do. All the West End theatres fall into this category. I once told one of the technicians at Drury Lane how hard it could be for us in some theatres and how great it was in the West End. He said, “We have the same show night after night and we know how it goes. This is different, this is a break, this is outside of what we do and what we love. And what’s more, this is our audience for the future. If we don’t look after them now, we won’t have an audience in the future.”

I know which type I prefer.

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