In the run up to our musical theatre debut, THE PEOPLE’S ROCK, we’ve been welcoming new faces to the Nevertheless She team and asking them some essential questions to get to know them better. We thought it was only right to ask ourselves those same questions, starting with writer/producer, Emma Shaw.
Emma has been a producer for nearly eight years, developing over 200 events, shows and projects. Having started her career in national public policy and media, she crossed over to theatre production in 2016. A powerhouse of bright ideas, contextual analysis and metaphors, her recent credits include producing Sparkle & Dark’s four month national tour of I AM BEAST, funded by the Arts Council and The Wellcome Trust, as well as producing MECHANICAL’S MACBETH for the creative duo In Souliloquy, which debuted at The Criterion Theatre as part of their new writing showcase last year. As producer for the multi-disciplinary theatre company The Night Kitchen, Emma has two further shows in the works for 2018, mixing circus traditions with dramatic narratives. Oh, and she also writes her own scripts and is one of the core team of writers for THE PEOPLE’S ROCK.
We asked Emma a few questions about the show, her heroes and her New Year’s resolutions.
2. What’s your favourite musical and why? The Wizard of Oz. My Mum and Dad took me to see it at the Sheffield Crucible for my fourth birthday. It’s one of my earliest memories. In my head they had an actual ‘twister’ but I’ve been reliably informed since it was a three actors waving a sheet with sound effects.
3. Who’s your hero (living or deceased) and why? Oooo…can I have more than one? When I was a kid all my heroes were astronauts – Sally Ride in particular! As I’ve got older, it’s both my parents. They’ve been primary school teachers for going on nearly forty years and have never stopped trying to make a difference. As a writer… I think either Robert Bolt or James Mitchell. They’ve both got a sort of realistic poetry to their dialogue.
4. Tell us a secret. No, no, no… I’m not falling for that! I am the soul of discretion.
5. If you had a puppet alter ego, what would they be called and why? Egg. She’d be a small, green Welsh dragon, kind of like Idris from Ivor The Engine. She’d live in my temperamental boiler and keep it going even when the water pressure goes down. Also she’d be a whizz at making toast with her fiery breath.
6. Describe THE PEOPLE’S ROCK in 3 words. Fun, musical, escapism.
7. What’s your New Year’s Resolution? To see more theatre and more plays that are outside my usual ‘comfort’ zone. Luckily, the VAULT Festival has me covered there, at least the first few months of the year.