On Stage Northants’ First Birthday!

6 June 2018 marks On Stage Northants turning 1 year old. Editor Becki Cockcroft talks about what she’s spent the last year doing, and plans for year 2…

I can’t believe it’s nearly been a whole year of running On Stage Northants! I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who’s been involved with getting the site up and running, and keeping it going.

In the last 365 days On Stage Northants has gone from strength to strength, and I’ve had the pleasure of writing about and reviewing some wonderful performances across the county.

I often get asked what prompted me to set up On Stage Northants and the answer is simple – I believe the hard work and passion of people involved in the arts at every level deserve attention for what they do. Whether that’s a shoestring production in a local community hall, or a full scale touring professional show, or something in between, the effort behind it deserves the same amount of respect and recognition.

It has been my pleasure to get to sing the praises of amateur groups like Masque Theatre, Duston Players, Abbey Community Theatre, Northampton Gilbert and Sulivan Group, and The Playhouse Theatre. Likewise with small and semi-professional companies such as White Cobra, Next Page Productions, Theatre In Black, and e.g. Productions. Not to mention the amazing array of productions on offer over the last 12 months at Royal & Derngate, like Art, The Play That Goes Wrong, and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

Plus, we’ve had some amazing blog posts from those working in local theatre – Kevin EvansConfessions of a Rookie Director, Tamsyn Payne discussing the good being done by Northampton Soup and Megan Lucas‘ insights into Stage Management, and her current Director’s Blog for Defying Gravity.

So far I’ve managed On Stage Northants almost entirely single-handed, but the last month has seen the need to take on new reviewers – so keep an eye out for future reviews from Megan Raynor (whose Les Mis review for NMTC Youth has been one of the most read since On Stage Northants began) and Laura Davey.

I honestly believe that On Stage Northants has the potential to grow into something that can truly benefit anyone involved in theatre, film and comedy across the county. Year 2 will see the site develop a stronger focus on the comedy circuit locally, kicking off with a chat with Mike from The Comedy Crate, as well as more on film – so if these are your areas of expertise or your passion and you’d like to contribute please get in touch!

And now I have a question for you – what would you like to see more of? What do you think On Stage Northants could do to help you bring in new audiences to your productions? How can we all work together to make sure that the hard work of creative people across Northamptonshire is not being missed? Drop me a line below and let me know!

Thank you all for your support over the last year – I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months have in store! – Becki