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Team… All About The Arts VA’s Abby

A successful team brings together a group of people who offer a variety of skills and experience. At The Arts VA, we are proud to be able to offer a team of highly skilled VAs. In this week’s blog, we introduce you to another one of our brilliant VAs, Abby.

What was your first job?

My first job was working in a local pharmacy after school and on weekends. I wasn’t really looking for a job but my Dad came home one evening and had put my name forward and I was starting the following day!


What job did you want to do when you were younger?

My future plans often seemed to match whatever TV programme I was watching at the time, so I variously wanted to be a lawyer, a doctor or a detective!


When did you know you wanted to work in the arts?

I spent a long time working in the civil service and public authorities until I started to think about what I had enjoyed when I was younger and realised that it was arts and music. So, I made the transition to working in a local arts centre and then on to the music development agency for Wales.


What was the first production you went to see at the theatre?

I don’t remember specifically, and I imagine it was a panto, but I do remember a school trip to see The Woman in Black and screaming along with the rest of my friends when the Woman in Black first appeared (or did she?).


What’s your favourite theatre memory?

I was once acting in an amateur production and when the lights went down at the end of Act One the Stage Manager was nowhere to be found and so eventually after we all just stood on stage for a while, I ended up having to walk off stage to close the curtains!


What do you like the most about being a VA?

The variety is the best part for me. The variety of clients that I work with and the work that I do for them.


What do you like to do on a weekend?

When I can I like to travel around the UK in my Campervan (Cadi). There’s nothing better than waking up to views of the mountains of Wales.



Guilty pleasures?

The AIBU (Am I being unreasonable?) forum on Mumsnet.


Favourite food?

All of it!


Pret order?

I don’t think I’ve ever been but see below for why not!


Coffee or tea?

Shock horror – I don’t drink either!


Les Mis or Phantom?

Les Mis as I’ve seen that at least five times.


Favourite drink?

Prosecco


Favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere in my campervan.


Best way to relax?

Reading or playing the piano.


Hobbies/interests?

I play the flute in a local flute group.


Three words that describe you?

Organised, calm, supportive.


Last supper?

Pizza.


Dinner party guests?

I think I’d probably only want my best friends around because that would guarantee a good evening.


Favourite show?

Of all time – Star Trek.

 

The Arts News

  • This summer, the Luminaire Orchestra will perform a special concert of songs from the shows of the late Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim will be staged at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 23 July with a host of West End stars joining to perform the songs.

  • Six has picked up an incredible eight nominations for Tony Awards, including best new musical, best original score and best direction of a musical. Other Brit nominees include all three stars of The Lehman Trilogy.


Get in touch!


If you have any questions about Abby or about The Arts VA, you can contact Charlie here.



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