INTERVIEW WITH ÁINE FLANAGAN

Áine Flanagan Productions proudly produces, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows by Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford, How to Win Against History by Seiriol Davies, Milky Peaks by Seiriol Davies (in development), Prom Kween by Rebecca Humphries and Hear Me Raw by Daniella Isaacs.
Áine was awarded a Stage One Bursary and attended our New Producers’ Workshop in 2015.

At the moment you are…
At the moment I am running around the Edinburgh Fringe like a mad woman - with 5 shows in the festival it is a busy month!

What does Stage One mean to you and how has Stage One developed your career?
Stage One changed everything for me, it was through their workshop, mentorship and Bursary that I realised the difference between enjoying working in theatre and making a career from it.

After working extensively on the Fringe, what were the biggest challenges you faced?
Competing with so many other companies to get an audience is always difficult, also building a reputation for myself and my company among so many other shows was always going to be a challenge, but a fun one.

When did you first discover your passion for theatre and what was your journey to becoming a Theatre Producer?
When I was in University studying Fine Art, I was sent out on work experience to work with a set design team. Turns out they thought I was the ASM for the production and kept me on for the run of the show. It was two years before I left the venue, working nightly after a day's work in Uni. From that experience I began touring with large scale productions around Ireland before moving to London where I took part in Theatre 503's Resident Assistant Producer Scheme. Four years later and a Bursary from Stage One and here we are!

Last show you saw and loved?
Myth by Kirsty Houseley and Matt Hartley and also Lucy Pearman's Maid of Cabbage is great fun!

What do you think, is the best thing about the Theatre Industry?
Getting to work with talented people is always a bonus, every year when I am walking around the Fringe in August. I am always blown away about the amount of talent and passion that I am surrounded by.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
A producer 10 years ago told me that if I wasn't “double jobbing” that I wasn't working.

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