As a child of academic professors who hopped around a lot, I have dual US/UK nationality and have lived in both countries, making me a natural traveler and explorer.
Labeled a cultural maven by friends, I try to live up to the name. I love theatre and could happily catch a traditional play at the National Theatre, a place that had a big part in my childhood due to the influence of my theatre director mother. But I’d be even happier seeing some kind of interactive piece, breaking down the fourth wall between audience and performer. In London I can have the best of it all.
I’m currently doing an MA in Arts Policy and Management with a focus on the Performing Arts, an area I hope to be working in soon!
London in a day
My perfect London day would start with a walk along the Southbank. Of course it would be sunny because London is rather magical when the sun decides to shine. After drinking in the seemingly vast open space along the Thames I might pop into the Southbank Centre for a poetry reading or concert. Next I’d grab a bite to eat in Soho and head to the Transport Museum in Covent Garden a short walk away. Finally, as day turns to night, I’d head to the East End to people-watch, window shop and grab a drink in one of area’s lively boozers.
After finishing my undergraduate degree in Manchester there was no doubt in my mind: London was the obvious choice. Four years on, I still can find no fault. Yes, it’s loud, non-stop and expensive to get around, but the city gives. English is just one among dozens of languages spoken on my local high road, accompanied by as many types of food.
Every year I walk to the Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street party in Europe. You are never too far from a park (London has more green spaces than any world capital). In a nutshell, this international and multicultural city oozes culture and options for food and drink are endless. In every aspect you are spoilt for choice, but hopefully some of our recommendations will help!
where can you find me online?
If you would like to check out Palindrome Productions go to: Palindromeproductions.org. You can also see if there are any Company of Angels productions running at the moment:
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