INTERVIEW WITH LETTIE GRAHAM
Lettie completed her Stage One London Apprenticeship with Jamie Hendry Productions in 2011. Prior to this she worked for the Pleasance Theatre Trust (where she is now a Trustee) and is now working with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe within Creative and Business Development.
At the moment you are…
Working with the Olivier award-winning musical theatre song-writing partnership George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. They are best known for Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes, Just So and the new songs, dance and vocal arrangements for Disney/Cameron Mackintosh’s stage version of Mary Poppins.
I look after Stiles and Drewe's creative and business development which I’ve been doing since January. Which means essentially I am charged with maximising their back catalogue both in terms of revenue and branding, and generating/facilitating new projects. The job is varied, challenging and very enjoyable. Do get in touch if you’re interested in discussing any of their work with me!
What does Stage One mean to you?
Stage One is about opportunity. Securing my apprenticeship in 2011 enabled me to move from fringe to commercial theatre in a structured and supportive environment. Whilst I am no longer working in an exclusively producing capacity, my Apprentice Producer role at Jamie Hendry Productions led to me meeting and working with George and Anthony on their adaptation of The Wind in the Willows and on a production of Soho Cinders. Without that, I wouldn’t be doing the job I am now. Stage One was the beginning of a journey which led to me finding where my personality and skills could be best used in an industry I love.
Last show you saw and loved?
I went to see Kinky Boots in preview and adored it! Such fun, with stellar performances from Matt Henry and Killian Donnelly. Plus Amy Lennox is brilliantly funny as Lauren. We are working with Jerry Mitchell on another project at the moment so it was wonderful to be able to go and support his latest show.
What do you think, is the best thing about the Theatre Industry?
Without doubt, the people. Generally speaking everyone enjoys challenging themselves and that’s so admirable. It’s tough because in whatever capacity you’re working - writing, staging, producing, marketing etc. - the industry is very competitive and constantly forces people to aim high, for both themselves and the public. I like being surrounded by people who are committed to creating things that are innovative, thought-provoking or just seriously good fun. It makes for an extremely dynamic and engaging working environment. I’m lucky that I work closely with two creative people who have the instinct and drive to produce work that people enjoy. It’s an absolute pleasure.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
That it’s not the things in life you do that you regret, its the things you don’t do. George, Anthony and I spent a considerable amount of time last year moulding this role and looking at whether it was the best decision for all of us. There were inevitably a lot of ‘unknowns’ and so we all took a risk in the knowledge it might not work - but better to try than wonder what might have been. The fragility of anyone’s place in this industry means sometimes you just need to go for it! We decided to jump off the cliff together and it’s proved to be the best decision I’ve ever made.