“Siobhan’s experience speaks for itself and her genuine desire to improve access to the arts really struck a chord with me and with the overall ethos at The Playhouse. We have always said that we want to be an inclusive and welcoming venue and Siobhan is the ideal person to help us to explore ways in which we can do this.”
As well as her experience as a producer, Siobhan has also worked as a Stage Manager, Production Assistant and Assistant Director, giving her an in-depth and detailed understanding of the theatre and producing successful performances that engage and connect with varied audiences. She has recently worked with Tmesis Theatre in Bootle and has also been involved in work with LeftCoast in Blackpool on projects to engage new audiences including those isolated through loneliness.
Siobhan said: “I am passionate about creating work that engages people from all backgrounds and I strongly believe that art – in all its forms – should be available for all. Shakespeare himself created work for the people and I want to continue that legacy and engage the people of Prescot, Knowsley and the wider region with the work we create at The Playhouse.”
Siobhan is currently a member of the Women Working Class Forum from Heart of Glass – an initiative to bring together female artists from working class backgrounds to share pathways into the arts and improve access for others.
Her role at The Shakespeare North Playhouse will have a focus on the opening season from Summer through to winter 2022. It will also l also look in particular at the creative programming of the Performance Garden as well as artist development opportunities in the Studio Theatre.
Construction work on The Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot continues to progress well, with the internal timber framed theatre now in place on site. Modelled on the Inigo Jones cockpit-in-court masterpiece of the 17th Century, the theatre will sit at the heart of The Playhouse which when complete will also include an inclusive education programme, digital gallery, studio space and an outdoor performance garden.
Alongside innovative, high-profile Shakespearean drama, The Playhouse will also host a wide-ranging programme of performances and cultural activity that spans art forms and appeals to a broad range of audiences.