My Belgrade Unplugged with Communications Assistant Rosie Mackie
1. How are you involved in Belgrade Theatre Unplugged?
As Communications Assistant at the Belgrade Theatre, my role involves supporting the press and marketing activity around the Unplugged events. This means that I was responsible for working with a designer to put together the flyers and posters, creating a programme and helping to produce content for social media around the events. This year, I’ll be going to Kenilworth Castle and Brueton Park at the Parkridge Centre, Solihull, where I’ll be live tweeting from the events!
2. Describe a typical day ‘on the road’?
Usually I will arrive at the Theatre several hours before an Unplugged performance where I will meet with other members of the Belgrade team and the cast. We’ll then go to the venue altogether in a minibus. When we arrive it’s just a case of helping to set up and watching the performance, whilst tweeting and Facebooking from the Belgrade accounts.
3. Which has been your favourite venue visited as part of Unplugged these past three years?
In 2013, I went to see Unplugged at Charterhouse in Coventry. It was a chance to look round this grade I listed former monastery which made a truly unique setting for our rehearsed readings. Charterhouse is one of those hidden gems that I wasn’t even aware existed before Unplugged.
4. Which BT Unplugged Venue are you most looking forward to visiting this year?
This year I’m looking forward to going to Brueton Park as it will be my first experience of Unplugged in an outdoor setting. Having visited Charterhouse in 2013 and the Touchwood Centre in 2014, I’m excited to enjoy some live theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Brueton Park. Fingers crossed that the sun will be shining and I may even bring my own picnic!
5. Which shows are you most looking forward to previewing this year?
I can’t wait to see the cast perform an extract of The Sisterhood. Our Artistic Director, Hamish Glen, will be directing this himself in January 2016. Having recently read the script, I thought it was brilliantly funny and I’m interested to see how Moliere’s 17th Century comedy will be transposed to 1980s France!
6. What is your favourite thing about Belgrade Unplugged?
My favourite thing about Unplugged is getting to visit the different locations. It’s a chance to escape from the office, enjoy the sunshine and to see theatre performed in such unexpected places. I also love that it’s free, meaning everyone is able to attend and that audiences get to ‘try before you buy.’ It’s the perfect way to preview the shows we have coming up at the theatre before you commit to buying your tickets.
7. What do you hope audiences will gain from coming to see an ‘Unplugged’ performance?
I really hope audiences will appreciate this rare opportunity to see theatre in the earliest stages of rehearsal. I think it’s very brave of the Belgrade to reveal this stage of the theatre making process where the pieces are so rough and unpolished. I often attend script read-throughs with actors as part of my job and I think it’s the best way to appreciate the quality of the performances and the writing.
8. Sum up ‘Unplugged’ in three words.
Great. Day. Out.
More information about all events can be found at www.belgrade.co.uk/unplugged or by calling the Belgrade Box Office on 024 7655 3055. All events are free to attend, although Kenilworth Castle charge an entrance fee to their property as standard.