What does the Octagon mean to you?
The Octagon has been a part of my life for over 40 years. My Mum worked in the box office in the 70’s and 80’s and shortly after I was born in 1977 they used a recording of me crying for a play staring Sue Jenkins. From that moment to this day I have been a regular visitor to the Octagon.
What is your fondest memory of the Octagon?
Probably the 20th Anniversary Event when I was about 10 years old and I got to meet lots of famous actors – I spent all night getting autographs in my book.
What about the new theatre building are you most excited about?
I’ve always been fascinated by the sets. I actually took A Level Theatre studies because I wanted to be a set designer and that was 100% inspired by my visits to the Octagon. Sadly I never got to realise that dream but I can’t wait to see what can be achieved in the new theatre.
Why did you decide to donate to the Octagon?
Since my Mum died in 2010, visiting the Octagon has become something really special that Dad and I do together. He struggles with his short term memory but every time we come to the Octagon he reminisces about the early days when Mum worked there. Because she worked on Saturdays Dad used to take me to visit her at work and then we’d go upstairs for pop and crisps! Having her name on a seat in the new theatre seemed like the most fitting memorial we could have for her and we’re delighted to be a part of this new era for the Octagon.