World Theatre Day: Why it’s important to us25 Mar
Did you know that 27 March is World Theatre Day? It originates all the way back to 1962 and since then it has been celebrated annually by artists and audiences around the globe!
We love nothing more than to celebrate the arts here at Brio Entertainment and thought we would find out more about how important the world of theatre is to others.
Today we are chatting (virtually!) with our Leisure Marketing Assistant Emma Trapps who graduated in 2013 with a BA (Hons) degree in Dance and Drama from the University of Chester, about studying the arts and what the world of theatre means to her.
Q: Hi Emma! A Dance and Drama degree, that sounds so interesting! What made you decide to study this field and what did it entail?
A: It really was a fantastic experience! I had grown up dancing at a local dance school back in Yorkshire and ended up going to a performing arts school which also allowed me to get involved with TV and big theatre productions!
I didn’t know what I wanted to do growing up, I just really loved performing and I wanted to go to University to study something I was passionate about. My degree was not only physically demanding but it required a lot of theory behind the practice too so not only were there many nights and weekends spent rehearsing routines and plays but there were long evenings in the library too!
Q: You’re working now as a fabulous Marketing Assistant with us, are you still involved with any drama groups or productions?
A: I am! Unfortunately, the pandemic has put a hold to all things theatre and live performance of every kind, but previously I volunteered as a Youth Theatre Leader for Minerva Arts in Chester. I also freelanced as a project coordinator and marketing assistant to a local theatre company ‘Yet Another Carnival,’ they produce shows, plays and work with the local community and young people too! They have also produced and entertained many people in Chester with their Drag themed Christmas shows!
Q: What are your favourite theatre productions and why?
A: What a tough question, there are just so many! I am a big dance lover and Akram Khan in my opinion can do no wrong, his directorship of ‘Giselle’ and ‘Dust’ are breath-taking. I also love a good musical like ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’, but ‘Billy Elliot’ is near the top of the list for me!
Q: Why is World Theatre Day important to you?
A: Theatre has always been a huge part of my life and even now I live with a Theatre Director, so theatre is usually a daily conversation or musical rendition in the kitchen!
I think this year more than ever, World Theatre Day is even more important to raise awareness of how vital theatre arts is. I have seen and heard of the devastating effects this pandemic has had on family and friends working in theatre arts and I can’t wait for every creative to be back in a theatre doing what they love and to witness something amazing!
Q: What are you looking forward to most in our Entertainment calendar?
A: I know it is a few months away, but I don’t think it is ever too early to talk about panto and Christmas! Brio Entertainment have not one, but two fab pantos coming up, Sleeping Beauty and The Wizard of Oz! If anyone wants to book in a fun family night and is excited for theatre to be back, bigger than ever before, you can grab tickets online now!
Producers, did you know when you book a show with us, you will get support from our lovely Marketing team? Find out how we can help here.
You can find out more about our upcoming pantomimes and all our future events here.