My field of practice survives on making the tea and thank yous.
No individual in theatre can make work without other people and its power lies in collectivity, imagination, thriving in uncertainty, and making something amazing out of nothing.
It took me over a year to pluck up the courage to attend Tuttle but from there only days to find out about 161. Tuttle was about sharing ideas over a cup of tea and 161 was about joining other people for whom it was second nature to make the tea for everyone else. In the eight years of being in Medway, I hadn’t come across many other people willing to do that.
Without thank you at the end of every exchange, theatre would not exist – we lend, borrow, share and turn up to support one another – 161 has this ethos and eco system.
Bar a shared taste in sausage rolls, everything else about it is unfamiliar but in unfamiliarity lies possibility and a boldness to reach for new things I want to do and be part of.