Door into other worlds...

Keith Michell, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndike – and more – have passed through these doors. Now it’s my turn!

When not running Mia Bella Casa, I volunteer for a small charity called Children On The Edge. I had the opportunity to help out at ‘Spotlight On The Edge’ – which involved local youth groups performing at Chichester Festival Theatre.


This was an evening of fundraising through music, song and dance by some of the most talented children in our locality. They came together to make a difference to children globally.

The one-off cast included – Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, Dance Innovation, Arabesque School of Performing Arts, West Sussex Music, Dance Industry and Chichester Music Academy.

It was a magical two hours. And I was given the opportunity to work front of house. I sold programmes and was buddied up with one of the employees – a former Broadway dancer.

The performances were amazing. I came away buzzing. What an honour to be in such a prestigious theatre – and for such a great cause. I also learned that the theatre was looking for new staff.


My time is limited. But the draw was too much. When the role of usher came up, I couldn’t help but apply. I was so excited to receive the phone call to say I’d been successful.

The worry is that I have to commit to four performances a week. So I work during the day, six days a week, and I rehearse for Acorn Antiques Mondays and Thursdays. Is this going to be too much?

Well, let’s see. I’m looking forward to taking on an additional challenge. And I get paid, which is a bonus! I’ll let you know how I get on. (Pictured Audrey the dog and I outside the stage door).

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