One Year On

It’s been one year since the arrival of the current Theatre Manager and Programming Officer, we decided to get their thoughts on what they’ve achieved and their highlights since arriving.

Michael:  I returned to work for The Y Theatre after 7 years with another venue, having previously been the Community Arts Administrator here.  It was like putting on your favourite outfit as the majority of the team were people I’d stayed in touch with over the years, though it was obviously somewhat more daunting to now be in charge of the place!

Hannah:  I’ve worked in a few arts venues around the city before joining The Y Theatre and I was excited to be part of the team as it’s a venue I have always loved.  Getting to put my passion to good use is always a bonus!

Michael:  The big area of focus for me outside the daily/weekly tasks expected of a theatre manager has been attempting to improve the customer experience.  We’ve introduced lots of new features (with plenty more still to come, exciting partnership announcements soon!) with a particular focus on our web sales.  I’m particularly pleased with the view from a seat as it shows off the lovely interior of our theatre.

Hannah:  My main challenge has been to take a look at the programme and see what it is missing, trying out new things I think our audience will like and seeing what people come to.  I’m also a huge champion for new work and local artists so have been exploring ways we can support people through our programming.

Michael:  My favourite part of working here is the strong cultural scene that we are contributing to.  We are so fortunate to work both with and alongside so many independent promoters and venues on projects like Handmade Festival and of course the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Hannah:  I agree, Leicester is a real cultural hub, there’s always something to go and see and it is great to be a part of making that happen.  It’s cheesy to say but I think my favourite part has to be the team; we all chip in and work hard while always having a laugh, and love a good GIF.

Michael:  Highlights for me have to be Grace Petrie’s sell out hometown show in October; Gay Comedy Night as part of LCF; and the Radio 4 New Comedy Awards heat last month.

Hannah:  A personal highlight has to be the amazing response to Rough Draft, the new works night I’ve helped put together with some fellow Leicester creatives.  We’ve got such a variety of artists submitting and a good regular crowd that is growing, it’s really lovely to see the support and creativity of our city.

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