Rosie and Tin's theatre interview
We have another lovely blog post for you! We would like to thank Rosie and Tin for their support, not only are they patrons of Theatr Brycheiniog but they are also regularly involved in many creative projects and classes. We asked them if they would answer some question for us and they were kind enough to give us such interesting and heartwarming responses.
What was your first experience of the theatre?
Tin and I are relative newbies to Brecon. We moved here from Southampton in 2012. I have always had a background in theatre, playing Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream when I was 12 before studying drama and theatre with both LAMDA and Winchester University.
When/where did you become involved with Theatr Brycheiniog?
My first experience of Theatr Brycheiniog was back in 2012 when I worked as a volunteer on the B:Part youth festival. The event was a fabulous opportunity for young people to get involved in theatre.
Then the following January both Tin and I had our first experience of performing in the Westenders pantomime – an experience like no other!
We then went on to be heavily involved in Brecon Little Theatre for a number of years as well.
When and where did you become involved in the classes at Theatr Brycheiniog? Can you tell us a little about them?
More recently I have been running Theatre Wildcats and Ghostlight Performers. Theatre Wildcats is an inclusive drama group for adults with learning disabilities. Before COVID we were meeting once a week at the theatre and putting on a show each year. I and the members can’t wait to get back to working together face to face when this is all over. In the meantime we were able to film a socially distanced pantomime over Christmas last year which was a fab experience to put together, working differently to adapt to the circumstances.
Can you tell us more about your classes, and what you are working on?
Ghostlight Performers runs drama classes for children for children from around 4 years old up to 18. I currently run three separate classes, online for the time being, helping youngsters learn and develop skills which will help them both on and off stage but as importantly skills for life as well.
I’m also currently helping direct Heathers the Musical which we will put on in Theatr Brycheiniog once it is opened up again.
What is it about Theatr Brycheiniog you love?
I love Theatr Brycheiniog as a performance space. It is very versatile, and can be adapted easily for a wide range of performances and other uses. I have both directed and acted in shows here and Tin has also run conferences and we have both always be not only impressed by the building but more importantly by the staff who are so helpful and accommodating of our requirements and ideas.
What is your favourite memory of Theatr Brycheiniog?
My favourite memory of the theatre has to be the last show I directed for Brecon Little Theatre here; A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Not only was it a pleasure to direct the show that marked the start of my love of theatre as a child, but I was able to put it on in the round. Instead of having the stage in it’s usual position we made the auditorium ‘flat floor’ – meaning we took most of the stalls seating out and extended the stage all the way through. We then put seats on the stage as well, meaning you could sit all the way round with the cast in the middle.
Check out this video of the theatre being flat floored ready for shows such as BLT's A Mid Summer Nights Dream Click Here
Why does Theatr Brycheiniog make such a good space?
Tin and I became Patrons of the theatre a few years ago and we are extremely proud to be able to support in any way we can. Brecon has an amazing history of theatre going back hundreds of years (look out for Brecon Little Theatre’s next performance celebrating the history of theatre in Brecon) and there is a wealth of incredible talent in the town.
To find out more on becoming Friend or Parton of Theatr Brychiniog click here
We really look forward to the theatre re-opening and being able to come back in to both see and perform some wonderful theatre.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions for us!
Take a look at these amazing photos from just some of the events the pair have been a part of!