Blog – Hit the Ground Running

Nottingham must be one of the most alive places for live theatre I’ve ever lived in. We have the Theatre Royal and The Royal Concert Hall which will house some of the biggest touring musical productions of the year as well as their annual pantomime spectacular. This theatre also plays hosts to some local groups Carlton Operatic Society and Nottingham Operatic Society whose productions are often industry standard themselves. In addition, the big stages we also have Nottingham Playhouse which focuses more on touring companies wishing to put on plays. You’ll never be short of something to do.  However, for those on a budget shelling out £40 to £60 per person is not always feasible.

If that is the case but you still have a passion for live theatre, there is also within the Creative Quarter of the city two smaller theatre’s. Nottingham Arts Theatre and Lacemarket Theatre. The most you would usually pay to see a production here would be £15.  These theatres are community run; they welcome theatre groups from across the city and beyond.

Since moving to the city I’ve been to Nottingham Arts Theatre multiple times. People’s Theatre Company (PTC) have been operating from the arts theatre since their beginning. You can read about what they’ve been up to in earlier entries. For me my PTC journey began back in 2013when I joined the group for their production of The Vicar of Dibley. Since then I’ve performed in and helped backstage on multiple productions including pantomimes like Sleeping Beauty and musicals like Oliver. I’ve even been given a chance to direct two productions. A Taste of Honey in 2014 and The Crucible which we are working on now.  For those that don’t know, PTC are an amateur dramatics group with a strong focus on the community and getting people involved and they welcome new people and strangers to the city with open arms.

Although I didn’t join the committee until last year I’ve seen the theatre go through many changes over the years and perform a variety of shows. They’ve taken risks on lesser known shows such as The Government Inspector and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing but they’ve also taken on full scale musical productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar as well as their own annual pantomime. A typical PTC season will include somewhere in its season, something for everyone and as the new committee go forward I’m sure there will be more changes and more exciting productions to come.  As a group, we’ve faced threats to our survival as a company and threats to our home (The Arts Theatre) and because of this we’ve not been as active as we would have liked.  But we’ve bounced back and part of our new plan is to pick ourselves up and hit back harder than ever. You’ll see great things from us so watch this space.

Jessica McLean
Deputy Chair