We caught up with Emma to find out what brings her to Pitlochry, what she’s looking forward to, and an assortment of other weird and wonderful questions to help us get to know her!
If you could tell us 3 things that would help to get to know you, what would they be?
I’m a people person. I gain great joy from building relationships and having personal experiences with lots of different people. I love having new adventures and the challenges that they bring along with them – it means I’m learning new things all the time. But, being a new mother has truly changed my outlook on the world recently. Everything has now become more dynamic as there is another layer to everything. As Elizabeth Newman our Artistic Director said to me, ‘you are raising the future of humanity, what job is more important than that!’
What brings you to Pitlochry?
It’s where my husband is from, but what has truly kept me in Pitlochry is the sense of community and the sheer beauty. Even more exciting, here at Pitlochry Festival Theatre I’m now truly immersed in the natural beauty that surrounds this wonderful place.
Where have you come from?
I’m originally from Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia and I studied Hospitality Management over there, but when I was 19 I was offered an incredible opportunity to come over and work in Glenshee.
What’s challenging and exciting about coming to Pitlochry Festival Theatre?
It’s really exciting to be entering into the future vision. This means that, as an organisation, we’re able to see the potential of the theatre and everything it can, and hopefully, will be. In order for us to get there, not only internally but as an extended community, we have to all work cohesively and collaboratively – an exciting prospect.
What are you looking forward to most?
I can’t wait to see the successes the team will achieve as a whole. Together, we’ll be able to forge the path of the department into the future and build on the reputation of the theatre as an exciting place where visitors, and staff, look forward to coming.
Do you have a favourite production you’re looking forward to and why?
It has to be Blonde Bombshells of 1943. It takes me back to a wonderful experience I had when I was younger. At school we had a V-Day celebration and some girls got up onto the stage and sang Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. It’s been something I’ve never forgotten.
What makes you smile?
My little boy, whenever he does something new. It truly feels as though we’re beginning to find ourselves in family life.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Favourite stage show and why?
That would be Jekyll and Hyde. I sing in a choir that creates medleys of musicals and I loved performing the music of that amazing show. However, if I were to think about Pitlochry Festival Theatre productions, it would have to be Singing in the Rain. The production quality truly blew me away and as it was the first time I had ever seen it. Pitlochry’s version was my very first impression!
If you retired tomorrow and started a wildly different second career, what would it be?
I would love to have the opportunity to be more creative. I really enjoy creating art. I always say that I am more crafty than arty though!
Proudest non-work achievement?
My little boy.
At home in Australia with my family.
If you could travel the world where would you go first?
South East Asia.
BBQ – more specifically Australian BBQ! Grilled meat and salad is all I need!
And very quickly….
Cheese or chocolate? Cheese.
Spring or Autumn? Autumn.
Sunrise or Sunset? Sunrise.
Red or blue? Blue.
Austen or Dickens? Austen.