Interview with Matthew Jenkins, winner of X Factor Live tour event ( Bournemouth International Centre) ticket contest

Matthew Jenkins is the winner of the ticket contest we ran for X Factor tour event at Bournemouth International Centre last month. He works as Senior Account Manager at Darren Northeast PR Ltd which is is one of the South’s leading Award winning PR agencies. Keeping in with our tradition of interviewing our contest winners -here’s a little tête-à-tête with Matt Jenkins.

Matthew Jenkins

Matthew Jenkins

 Your thoughts on Carl’s website
Carl’s website is fantastic. It’s my go-to for all things theatre-related… unfortunately, in my busy job I don’t get to see theatre as much as I’d like but Carl manages to keep me up to date with the theatre world!

How much of an X-Factor buff are you?
To be honest, I’ve not watched X-Factor in years… I think when I last watched X-Factor Rhydian was still relevant! However, my auntie and little cousin absolutely love the X-Factor and so I thought I’d enter on the off chance I’d win the tickets for them.
They were wowed by the show and my aunties favourite was Sara who she said was fantastic… oh and Honey G of course!

Bournemouth theatre scene – your thoughts.
I think the Bournemouth theatre scene is great. We’re privileged to have the likes of the BIC, The Pavilion, and The Lighthouse on our doorstep for big national productions. However, I also grew up watching shows at The Regent Centre and still have soft spot for it. The Shelley Theatre is great too, it has a unique atmosphere. We also have some fantastic amateur dramatics locally – I’m a big fan of Theatre 2000!

What kind of theatre do you like?
I’m not picky! I studied Theatre as part of my degree and so I’d like to think I’ve got quite an eclectic taste. From musical theatre (love The Lion King!) to Shakespeare to Beckett!

Last play that you watched? Your views on that play.
One of the most recent plays I watched was ‘Curious Incident of the Dog In the Nighttime’, which was outstanding. The set pieces, staging and lighting to the story and actors were just superb.

Present day Theatre PR – your views
I think present day Theatre PR with the likes of social media has become much more interactive. Real communities are built around certain performances through social media as we can follow the journeys of the cast and crew and really feel part of the show before and after the curtain is called.