Considering Anna’s experience working as part of Barnstorm Theatre Company for several years, it might not come as a surprise how much she rates theatre as a creative expression for young people! “It is complex, it demands creativity in all areas; the teaching, the facilitation, the directing, the design. You get the opportunity to create whole worlds with others. It challenges me and inspires me. It makes me determined. It allows my imagination to play. It calls on my knowledge and skills. It trains me to trust my instincts. It allows me to constantly learn. It is like a series of problems to be solved. The development of a vision to its realisation in a production, has to be one of the most exciting things to be involved with.”
Asked how she feels creative practitioners can be supported more in Ireland, Anna says she is worried about how “creativity is seen as something that is outside ‘serious’ work.” She argues that she would like to see it “being viewed as a normal way of thinking and approaching things. I would like to see creative practitioners who work with people supported more in terms of training and job opportunities.
Facilitation is a particular skill and sometimes it is not acknowledged as such. I want to facilitate others to explore, articulate, question and celebrate their world and the worlds around them.”