My colleague recently went to the theatre for the first time. He hadn’t grown up surrounded by theatre fans, or indeed any creative encouragement so had naturally shied away from one of the wonderful perks that working here at OX magazine enjoys. The invitations to attend new productions. After constant nagging from the rest of the
team however, he finally gave way to office pressure and went along.
The next day he was filled with enthusiasm and anecdotes and comments about how funny, inspiring, and wonderfully entertaining the evening was and how he couldn’t wait to go again. That is why we love theatre. It covers every human emotion and expresses them in an intimate space. It makes us laugh and cry. It brings stories to life in such a way that those stories change our viewpoints on many things. It makes us appreciate talent. And also it takes us away from our screens, our digital obsessions and forces us to sit with others in mutual appreciation. Theatre entertains, educates, influences our thinking and acts as a trigger for debate.
It turns us into fans, critics and whether or not it an historic, influential piece or just an excuse for a sing along - theatre is not for the chosen few. Theatre is for all. And we love it!
There is a special moment, just before the curtain goes up for a show, when you can feel anticipation and excitement ripple around the auditorium.
That is the magic that theatre creates and one of the things that makes everyone here at the New Theatre so passionate about live performances and the effect it can have on an audience. We want everyone who comes through the doors to share the same buzz that we get, it is all about making theatre magic.
I fell in love with the theatre when I was nine-years-old and saw a performance of Swan Lake for the first time. As the curtain rose, the stage was filled with a beautiful set, dozens of dancers dressed as swans , dry ice was tumbling over the front of the stage into the orchestra pit, and I was hooked!
This year we are welcoming back the National Theatre, for not one but two
productions which have received rave reviews in the West End. Just one of the things I love most about working in the theatre is bringing shows like One Man Two Guvnors and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time to our audience and seeing their reaction.
Watching an audience become involved in a piece of theatre, and especially people who may not have seen a play or musical before, and listening to their feedback once the curtain comes down, is a real thrill.