I met Natalie Richardson and her husband Enzo after flying in to Turin airport on 7th September. Our aim was to create a Promotional video for Bleak House, a show I had previously been a part of at The Arts University Bournemouth and am now assistant producer for. Youth Empowerment is at the heart of the Bleak House project and it was for this reason that I was so enthusiastic about this project. I am excited to be working with Natalie who is teaching me what the role of producer includes. I learnt a vast amount in three short days from how to develop a realistic show budget to how to negotiate meetings with funding boards. We worked through the day and enjoyed Turin’s wonders during the evening. This lively place has the delights of warm evenings, amazing food and plenty of places to sit around together being creative.
After a five hour train journey I arrived in the beautiful place called Siena. The buzz of the city seemed to lend itself to the creative spirit. It was here I met with The Theatre Collective of Siena, a theatre group composed of roughly eight women who were directed by David Glass. This group were inspiring to watch, composing true beauty with the strength of the women’s form. I assisted David in production meetings where we discussed the future of the theatre group and how they could transform the out dated and repressive theatre system within Italy and internationally.
This trip was truly humbling, to work with such talented and kind performers and producers, the Italians showed me just how uncomfortably polite the English are and how we need to change this if we are to carry on being successful in theatre.
ENOUGH WITH THE STIFF POLITE THEATRE BRITAIN! Time to move on to real reality.