Abi’s interest in theatre and art have been long-standing features of her education and personal life. In Sixth Form, Abi performed in her school productions at the Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford for the Shakespeare Schools Festival playing Ophelia in ‘Hamlet’ and their big musical production of ‘Grease’ as Jan. Abi’s love of theatre translated into her degree when she went on to study English Literature at Bristol University. During her time at Bristol University, Abi performed at the Falstaff’s Society’s evening Exit! Pursued by a White Bear show, in Alice Gerstenberg’s a play in one-act ‘He Said She Said’.
In her spare time, Abi enjoys making lino prints, cycling around Bristol and Bath, and trying out as many coffee shops as she can.
Prior to joining Charcoalblue, Abi worked in a busy South-East Medical practice as a receptionist and administrator. Abi has also qualified as an English Language teacher at International House London, and worked at their Spring and Summer Schools in Oxford, providing dynamic and educational lessons to a range of nationalities and abilities. Her love of languages is seen in her year spent in Le Mans, France where she served the local community and worked as an au-pair.
If you were to establish your own venue, what would you call it? and what would that venue specialise in? Dance, live music, theatre…?
It would have to be educational venue something that allows people to let loose, explore their imaginations and new ideas. I enjoy how Improv gives freedom to both audience and actors through the comedy of failure and reactionary quick thinking. The name would be inspired by the Ancient Greek classics: ‘To A Muse’ because the wordplay amuses me!
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
It should spark excitement and anticipation, and ultimately support the performance. It should add to the action on stage in such a way that doesn’t detract from the story but elevates it. All the elements of sound, light and space should work together to create the best place for the storytelling.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
I remember my first ever trip to the theatre, it was My Fair Lady in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. It’s the magic-moment when the lights go down, with the hushed audience, everyone is waiting, the orchestra warms up, then curtain goes up and suddenly you find yourself transported. Nothing else is quite like that moment.
If you could recommend visitors to Bristol experience one thing, what would it be?
Try out the Bristol to Bath Railway Path, such a fun cycling or walking experience and takes you all round the sweet villages, through an old train tunnel and along the river. Plus, you either end in Bath or Bristol which means plenty of great options for some much-needed food.