It is with a mix of sadness, excitement and trepidation I am finally moving on from The Play House. After spending 11 years with the company, initially as a teacher/actor and for the last five years as the Artistic and Educational Director, the time has come for me to leave for pastures new. I am heading north to Leeds where I will begin a freelance career, directing, lecturing, researching and working as a practitioner.
Leaving such an inspiring company whose work I have seen light a flame in so many children, young people and teachers has not been an easy decision and I will leave behind people whom I both respect enormously and consider my close friends.
I will look back on my many years with The Play House with great affection… Where else would you find yourself meeting with high profile police officers to discuss violent extremism one minute and introducing three and four year olds to a naughty teddy the next… and get paid for it!
However the great rewards of working for The Play House have only been possible as a result of our long and sustained relationships with schools, the highly skilled and committed practitioners who have worked with us, the thousands of children, young people and teachers who have (and continue) to participate in our work and the countless associates and advocates who have supported us. I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to all of these people and leave by wishing the company another 25 years of success…