Interview with our lucky draw winner Gillie Stoneham

Gillie Stoneham

Gillie Stoneham is the winner of the lucky draw from amongst the ticket buyers from our ticket affiliate link. She is one of the co founders of  ActorFactor Ltd -an organisation that aims to facilitate positive individual and organisational change through a rich, exciting and dynamic learning environment that combines theatre skills such as role play, forum and other experiential techniques with expert coaching. What follows is our little Q&A  that we do with our contest/lucky draw winners.

Gillie Stoneham

Gillie Stoneham

What I love about Carl’s blog
I always look forward to seeing who Carl has managed to meet next – a great way of keeping in touch with the world of theatre! His energy and frank reviews are always a joy to read and the information is useful in helping me to make decisions about tickets.
Challenges of running an organisation like ActorFactor Ltd
As the founder of ActorFactor Ltd., the greatest challenge has been navigating the financial and organisational change that has impacted on client contracts – you win some, you lose some! The joy, however, of running a small business like mine is that we provide work for local actors who are skilled in using theatre in the workplace. The work is always different, always creative.
What I am proud of 
We work dynamically to facilitate creativity and communication, and I am especially proud of the quality of the experiential work we have brought to health training.
 
What theatre can learn from business and organisational context
Although I feel that we input a huge amount in terms of offering a safe context in which to explore and practice communication and presentation skills, the world of theatre can certainly, in turn, learn from business and organisational contexts. For me, learning about organisational change and leading teams in such complex environments has been useful, along with understanding the workplace of a truly global organisation – languages, culture, communicating remotely etc .

Theatre scene in Devon
The theatre scene in Devon is very much alive although not alway kicking in the way London Theatre is. The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter is a hub for both new local work and fringe touring performances and has won awards for its innovative space. It is entering a really exciting phase of taking over a huge old space on Exeter Quay – The Boatshed – which will help to transform both theatre in Exeter and the environment of the quayside.  There are good connections between other small theatre groups, and there is the Northcott Theatre, our main theatre, although many of us are sad that this does not have the space or ‘pull’ that the Theatre Royal in Plymouth has. The Theatre Royal is a great venue for West End touring productions, although an hour further West from Exeter.