In September 2012 I returned to my hometown of North Walsham and began to animate the Atrium arts centre. It was brand new and founded Arts North Norfolk as the local arts development charity to being the local community together and produce some fantastic projects and shows. As Chief Executive and Artistic Director I am very proud of all the achievements made over my three years.



Following on from the success of last year’s pantomime Beauty and the Beast, we captured the spirit of the community once more with our magical production of Pinocchio and the Pirates!

As writer, director, producer and performer I like to keep it neat and smart with few principal cast members. I also merged the villains of the original story into a band of nasty pirates. A simple story is key to any pantomime – and any piece of theatre, so it was important to keep to a simplified plot (the original story is far too complicated) and keep traditional pantomime elements. You can check out my list of other pantomime scripts here.

After London 2012

In September 2012, straight after working on London 2012, I begain working as a development manager for The Atrium, Norfolk’s newest arts centre and creative hub. At Christmas time that year we presented my own adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first professional show produced in the town of North Walsham for many years. It was very well received and helped establish the venue as a hub for art and cultural activity. In early 2013, we set up The Atrium as a limited company and registered charity, leasing the venue from Norfolk County Council. As Director and Chief Exec, I produced in-house shows from variety, plays and Christmas treats, welcoming touring theatre and engaging the local community with a cinema and diverse workshop programme.
We became a registered charity in June 2013 and rebranded in August 2014 as Arts North Norfolk – moving our operation from The Atrium to a town centre box office and hub. We still use The Atrium for our larger and regular events.

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