Hello, I’m Dionne and I am coving the role of Company Administrator whilst the Kirsty is off on maternity leave. I am originally from Warwick, although I now live in beautiful rural south Warwickshire with my family: a MAMIL, two teenage boys and a rescued greyhound. I am very lucky to live in a lovely community where the local village hall has put on many fabulous Live and Local shows over the years, so I have seen several of the shows that Live and Local has supported. I’ve enjoyed every one (even the ones which I initially thought might not be my cup of tea) and have always been impressed by the quality of the performances.
Previous to joining Live and Local, I was a Parish Clerk and an administrator for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon. Although I did once accidently bump into David Tennant backstage (and it was not intentional, honestly – in fact he may have actually bumped into me), my highlight was definitely being involved with the planning of a major incident training exercise with the emergency services. We staged a real-time armed hostage situation with over 200 participants, so that the police, fire service and paramedics could practice their procedures. The whole exercise was very interesting and I was permitted to observe the whole event – it was fascinating listening to the specialist police negotiators and hugely exciting when armed officers stormed the building and neutralised the threat. And it was certainly very dramatic, as you would expect with the RSC!
I am a massive fan of live performance and have a particular love of music, so when I am not at work I am likely to be either playing my saxophone or involved with Stratford Jazz where I am the Club Secretary. I also lead a jazz quartet called The Lounge Club and I regularly perform with a rather lively and sassy jump-jive 7-peice outfit called Boperator Boogie Band. And when I’m not being noisy, I am usually found pottering around my garden.