The theatre is a fantastic place, where stories and characters inhabit the space with us and allow us to reflect on the world in which we live. It's a place that holds our laughter and our gasps. It's a place riddles with murders, politics, love affairs, deception, and, of course, talking penguins. Peter Brook, famously said that 'human connection is the essence of good theatre'. And Black Swan is a company that is clearly built on that human connection.
In the last few months, I have had the great privelege of meeting the founding members of the company: Andrew Ross, Janet Holmes á Court and Duncan Ord, all passionate cultural leaders and inspiring humans. I have shared time with the prodigious director, Kate Cherry, whose tenure at Black Swan has seen a meteoric growth in scope and scale, an extraordinary legacy. I'm thrilled to be joining the talented team at Black Swan - Natalie, the staff and board. I have already felt warmly welcomed and I look forward to collaborating with them in the coming years. And, I'm ridiculously impatient to start working with the local artists that I've met so far.
Of course, the most important part of this community in the transaction of theatre is always the audience. It is the connection with you, the audience, that I look forward to enjoying throughout 2017 and into the future.