First, though, a confession. I have little experience in theatre, aside from the occasional visit to watch a play and a childhood interest in making Lego movies. I also played a hooligan extra when ID2 was filming in Hull, so I suppose that's some kind of dramatic credential. However, I have a thirst for storytelling and words, and I'm excited to approach this role from a fresh perspective, to see what we can do to get more people enjoying theatre in Hull.
My background is in journalism and internal communications and I continue to work with an anti-poverty charity in York, as their intranet dog's body. Previous roles have included briefly working as a reporter in Ecuador, blogging for the Men's Roller Derby World Cup and covering climate change protests from my mobile phone.
The potential of digital media and the arts fascinates me. I wonder, what even is theatre in a world where people, especially young people, create, perform and share their own tales with technology that fits in their back pocket? How can we engage such audiences in Hull, bearing in mind many people also still have limited or no access?
There is a real buzz around this city and an infectious can-do attitude, from Humber Street Sesh and Freedom Festival, to projects like Hull Independent Cinema, Kardomah and, of course, Middle Child. I can't wait to be a part of it.