In March 2020 I was high-kicking and jazz-handsing my way across the stage in Guys and Dolls, the annual Lent term musical at the ADC Theatre. When the two-week run was cut short by the introduction of a national lockdown, we all believed that we were being sent home to quarantine for two weeks at most. It is surreal looking back now at our rushed goodbye hugs in a packed dressing room, as we’ve experienced 18 months of lockdowns and closed theatres.
I was fortunate enough to join the 2017 company of the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) to take part in a production of Sondheim & Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George, directed by Hannah Chissick, which ran for six performances at The Other Palace in London’s West End and received five-star reviews.
In the four years I spent at Emmanuel, I was lucky enough to receive three grants to travel during the summer: once to Athens and the Peloponnese, then to Sicily, and finally to central and northern Greece.
The University's European Theatre Group toured The Merchant of Venice in December 2012: "We need to take half the seats out to keep the set in the back. I hope that’s ok!"
In 2011, twenty-one singers and instrumentalists performed in Emmanuel’s Chapel a 45 minute-long chamber opera called Nauset, which David Troupes, the librettist, and I had worked on in the second half of 2010.
Back in those tense days when I was a nervous Upper Sixth student awaiting either an acceptance or a rejection letter to study French and Spanish at Emmanuel, one aspect of Cambridge life in particular caused me to check our letter-box daily: I was desperate to be involved in what could arguably be described as the best university theatre scene in the country.
Emmanuel is a great place to get involved in music, and I have particularly enjoyed singing with the Chapel choir and the running of the College’s jazz band. The band has gone from strength to strength thanks to the enthusiastic support of the College and student body: both the big band and combo perform regularly and we’ve particularly enjoyed performing for the JCR, MCR and Master at various events in College.