first posted 30/04/2021
first posted 22/04/2021
I’m Natalie and I work in the Marketing and Programming departments of the Marina Theatre.
During the various lockdowns we have had over the last year I have really missed live theatre so I’ve been enjoying the next best thing…streamed theatre! I very much enjoyed watching the National Theatre at Home offerings on a Thursday evening during the first lockdown.
I particularly enjoyed watching Jane Eyre and Barber Shop Chronicles. These are shows that I probably never would have been able to see in London or other cities and I felt so privileged to be able to watch them whilst sitting on my sofa, in my pyjamas and usually eating dinner!
The pure talent and hard work that goes into these shows is just so obvious. People in the theatre industry are resilient and passionate and that’s why I believe that live performance will come back bigger and better than ever.
first posted on 16/04/2021
first posted on 15/04/2021
Hi, I am Eddi and I am the Administration Officer, this means I deal with all sorts of things in the Theatre from HR and Payroll to Finance and I even deal with the promoters after the show has been and gone to sort out the bill.
When not at the Theatre I am usually at settled at home with my husband, dog and cat and probably doing one of 3 of my favourite things, reading, baking or playing computer games (I am the geek of the office and often get told off for talking a language that others don’t understand ‘gaming’).
I have been an avid gamer for over 25 years now and even met my husband via the pc game, World of Warcraft and we still enjoy gaming together even after 12 years. I do generally like to play the MMO variety of games (Massively Multiplayer Online) along with a few other million people from all over the world, it can make for an interesting conversation when we all get talking about various things. I normally am joined in my online adventures by my older brother who lives about 200 miles away on his own so during the various lockdowns its been nice spending time ‘together’ daily, having fun and its meant he has had company in what otherwise could have been lonely times.
We are currently playing 2 games – Elder Scrolls Online and The Lord of The Rings online (yes I am a fantasy fan as well), below is a picture of one of my alter ego’s that enables us to explore these fantasy worlds
first posted 08/04/2021
first posted 31/03/2021
first posted 25/03/2021
I’m Paul, and I work as the Marina Theatre’s Operations Manager.I’m writing this in support of men’s home baking. Please send me photos as inspiration for my new ‘lockdown’ interest. Last week I made my first ever cake. I’m 63!
My other half, Jane, told me what I needed. She was working at the dining room table, within shouting distance, for advice and encouragement when/if required.
It’s a gluten free [Jane is a coeliac], apricot and buttercream Victoria Sandwich. Even though I say it myself, it turned out a treat, and we have eaten it all now. I’m planning to surprise family when they can finally visit again.
Next…. Flapjacks… raisins or choc chips… golden syrup or maple…? What are your favourites?
first posted 18/03/2021
Hi I’m Mandy!
I’m part of the Marina Team and quite a few of you will recognise me from my role as Box Office Manager.
I’ve spent a lot of time working from my dining room table, apart from the few weeks we were able to open last year. I was so happy to be back in my Box for those few weeks and can’t wait for it to happen again!
During this time I’ve been using Zoom to stay in contact with staff, volunteers, a few customers and not forgetting Terry Gleed who brings us the fun and joy panto every time he appears!
We have two sessions a week one, a Zoom Café which is normally a gentle chit and chat and then later in the week we have an evening Zoom Bar where we play games, themed quizzes and we’ve had surprise Birthday parties along with a Christmas and New Year one too!
The latest game I’ve come up with is a version of Countdown using the letter tiles from scrabble set where I separated the vowels and consonants into separate bags then each person has a go at choosing the letters. Then we all have a go and see who can get the longest word. We use the timer on a phone. We are now waiting to see if one us can come up with a way to doing the mathematical bit!
What games have you created/adapted to play with your family and friends on Zoom or similar platforms?
first posted 13/03/2021
Hi I’m Karl. I’m the Tech Manager at the Marina Theatre.
Throughout the pandemic I have continued to work at the venue on a daily basis in a Tech Manager/Caretaker capacity. Covid may have put live entertainment into hiatus, but this beautiful old building still needs a lot of TLC.
Like most of us I had exciting plans for the summer of 2020 before covid hit and stopped the world as we knew it.
Since 2007, every Summer I have the pilgrimage to Catton Hall in Derbyshire for the Bloodstock festival, a weekend of Heavy Metal, laughter, camping, sunshine (sometimes), and the odd pint or two, with a small group of friends & family and 17,000 like-minded people. It is the event that I look forward to all year and it is my yearly escape from the daily pressures and anxieties of life. Due to the pandemic Bloodstock, with almost all of the other festivals and gigs, was postponed.
As more and more independent festivals across Europe were postponed, organisers got together to combine their resources and produced an online weekend festival event (European Metal Festival Alliance) streaming performances recorded at the various different festivals the previous year.
In a moment of Blue-Peter-esk magic I borrowed a Marque and projector from the theatre, rigged a shower curtain as a projection screen, hooked up some speakers, grabbed the sun block, and voila! A stay-at-home outdoor ‘festival’ in my garden to enjoy the EMFA!
Have you done anything creative to overcome the difficulties caused by the pandemic?
first posted 18/02/2021
first posted 12/02/2021
Hi, my name’s Miriam and I’m the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Marina.
I think that a lot of us have spent more time outside these last 12 months. It was definitely easier in summer, but it’s still very rewarding this time of year – you just need accept that you’re going to get a little muddy!
I’ve been trying to keep my mind and body healthy by making sure I get plenty of time outdoors. My favourite activity is walking, as I like to be able to slowly breathe in the peace and quiet whilst taking the time to look at all the plants and animals around me. In total I probably do about four or five hours spread across the week (I have more free time on my hands these days!) and I find that it does wonders for my mood. Sometimes I like to take a sketchbook with me, or a camera, but other times I just try to live in the moment and soak it all in!
If you enjoy walking (or even if you hate walking, but enjoy laughing) I can highly recommend checking out the “Cool Dudes Walking Club” channel on YouTube, where you can join comedian Marek Larwood on a range of walks across the UK including the famous South Downs Way. They’re super fun, accessible, and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
If you find yourself enjoying Marek’s videos, make sure to check out his main channel where he posts short comedy films, vlogs, as well as his hilarious cooking series “Marek Makes a Meal of it”, and his painting series “Marek’s Mediocre Masterpieces” where he attempts to recreate historic masterpieces is only 15 minutes.
What’s your favourite way to spend time outside? Or, if the outdoors isn’t your thing, what do you do to help yourself unwind?
first posted 05/02/2021
Hi, I’m Emma & I am the Chief Exec of the Marina.
Since the start of the pandemic I’ve been working hard to keep the theatre going & help the staff keep smiling as best we can. It’s been a very weird year, and like everyone I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet – or “rabbit-holing” as my husband calls it. I’ve watched some terrible stuff and some great stuff, like all of us I think.
I have also managed to reconnect with some people I thought I’d lost track of forever. I made contact with an old friend from years ago who is now a film maker, and I really enjoyed her latest short film ‘Of Thread and Almonds’. It’s screening as part of the Cambria Film Festival until Sunday 7th Feb which you can reach here: http://bit.ly/2MtscOd
Watching some of Rebecca’s work made me think we could look at showing – and maybe even making – some shorts at the Marina when we can open again. What do people think about that?
first posted: 04/02/2021
Hello I’m Natalie!
I’m part of the Marina Team and I work in the Marketing & Sales Department as a Sales and Audience Strategy Officer.
I have been working from home during the pandemic but there has been periods of time where we have been placed on Furlough. This gave me the opportunity to delve into one of favourite hobbies: Reading!
I find curling up with a good book to be an excellent way to shut out the world for a while, which has been a much needed resource after the year we have all had!
I’ve been thinking about what book I would like to see turned into a stage show. I think I would have to choose Roar by Cecelia Ahern which is a book of short stories about how women navigate the world today. Cecelia uses her unique magical realism to tell 30 powerful stories. I’d love to see it on stage in the form of monologues or a series of short plays. I imagine strong female actors in the roles such as Sheridan Smith or Olivia Colman
What book would you like to see turned into a play, a musical, a ballet or even an opera?