GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 8. The Wizard of Oz (Theatre by the Lake)

Time for no.8 in my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST, with THE WIZARD OF OZ at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – Christmas 2001.

This was my very first show at Theatre by the Lake, and you can read all about it here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-8-the-wizard-of-oz-theatre-by-the-lake/

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

Please also feel free to add your own memories of the show – either in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or on the Twitter & Facebook posts. 

For anyone who feels they are struggling – there are some great resources listed on the “Freelancers make theatre work” wellbeing page: https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/wellbeing/

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 7. Oliver!

Here we go with no.7 in my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – with Oliver! at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – Christmas 2006.

Click here to read all about it: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-7-oliver/

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

Please also feel free to add your own memories of the show – either in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or on the Twitter & Facebook posts. 

For anyone who feels they are struggling – there are some great resources listed on the “Freelancers make theatre work” wellbeing page: https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/wellbeing/

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 5. Robin Hood

Time for part 5 of my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST. This time, it’s the turn of ROBIN HOOD at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – Christmas 1996.

Click here to read all about it: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-5-robin-hood/

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

Please also feel free to add your own memories of the show – either in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or on the Twitter & Facebook posts.

I set out with this blog to help remind myself and others that whilst the current situation is dire, there have been many moments of Christmas joy in the past, and will be again in the future – particularly now that vaccines appear to be on the way. It’s important to try and keep on top of our mental health, and this is certainly helping me do that – and hopefully others too. I’m thrilled by the number of comments coming in, and look forward to seeing others as they come in.

For anyone who feels they are struggling – there are some great resources listed on the “Freelancers make theatre work” wellbeing page: https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/wellbeing/

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Here we have part 4 of my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick – Christmas 2002.

Click here to read all about it: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-4-alices-adventures-in-wonderland/

Please also feel free to add your own memories of the show – either in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or on the Twitter & Facebook posts.

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

I set out with this blog to help remind myself and others that whilst the current situation is dire, there have been many moments of Christmas joy in the past, and will be again in the future – particularly now that vaccines appear to be on the way. It’s important to try and keep on top of our mental health, and this is certainly helping me do that – and hopefully others too. I’m thrilled by the number of comments coming in, and look forward to seeing others as they come in.

For anyone who feels they are struggling – there are some great resources listed on the “Freelancers make theatre work” wellbeing page: https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/wellbeing/

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 3. The Wizard of Oz (New Vic)

Time for part 3 of my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – The Wizard of Oz at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – Christmas 1999.

Click here to read all about it: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-3-the-wizard-of-oz-new-vic/

Please also feel free to add your own memories of the show – either in the comments section at the bottom of the page, or on the Twitter & Facebook posts.

More Ghosts are on their way soon….

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST – 2. Scrooge

The second in my series of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST is SCROOGE!

Actually 5 GHOSTS, as I’ve been involved in 4 tours, plus a run at the London Palladium.

Click here to see it: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past-2-scrooge/

Please feel free to check it out, and leave a comment or anecdote of your own if you saw the show, or were involved.

More Ghosts are on their way soon….

You can see all the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST on the dedicated page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

Ghosts of Christmas Past…

Christmas for many in the Entertainment industry is going to be very different this year – myself included. I will be one of the many who will be without work this Christmas – although I count myself lucky to have qualified for the Self Employed help from the Government (Unlike many of my colleagues – please support #ExcludedUK to push for assistance for those who have had nothing since March).

I have been fortunate to have worked on many shows over the Christmas period during my career to date – so I thought I would revisit some of them, to help remind myself and others that whilst the current situation is dire, there have been many moments of Christmas joy in the past, and will be again in the future – particularly now that vaccines appear to be on the way.

It will also give me a chance to re-connect with some of the wonderful people I have had the pleasure to work with, share some memories of those who are no longer with us, dig out some of the music I’ve written, and hopefully a few will join in the fun, and share some of their memories too. One of the most difficult things I have found to deal with during the pandemic has been the lack of a sense of direction, and I’m hoping this may help with my own and others mental health.

It’s a difficult and uncertain time for most people at the minute – but if anyone is in a position to help support others, you can do so via the M.U. and Equity hardship funds here:

Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund: https://musiciansunion.org.uk/Donate

Equity Benevolent Fund:https://www.equity.org.uk/about/benevolent-fund-subscriptions-solidarity/how-to-donate-to-the-benevolent-fund/

Bectu don’t appear to have a specific hardship fund, but you can find details of help on offer here: https://bectu.org.uk/coronavirus-support/

I will also share links to any venue fundraising where appropriate.

The first “Ghost” will be visiting shortly, so keep an eye on the GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST page here: https://richardatkinson.org/ghosts-of-christmas-past/

Christmas in “The Toon”

I’m delighted to say that I will be spending this year’s festive season at Newcastle Theatre Royal, as Musical Director for GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS.

Having played the Theatre in recent times with both HAIRSPRAY and THE SOUND OF MUSIC, I can safely say it’s one of my favourite venues in the country. Having also spent time at LIVE theatre with GEORDIE SINATRA, I can say it’s one of my favourite cities too.

The show runs from the 27th Nov 2018 to Jan 20th 2019.

If you’re in the North East, come and say hello.

Book Tickets here: https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/panto-goldilocks