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Robin Fenwick

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Looking ahead to 2015 with the Colchester Daily Gazette

It’s always a real pleasure to sit down and talk to Neil D’Arcy-Jones, Arts Editor of the Colchester Gazette. Neil is a tireless supporter of the arts, while also being a fiercely independently minded critic. This month Neil and I took a look ahead to 2015 at the Mercury Theatre. More...

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New video – Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

How do you communicate the emotional intensity of what has been called the first real kitchen sink 50’s drama? Alex in the marketing team at the Mercury Theatre has worked with Swainson Productions to make this rather smashing trailer for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – a smoldering performance from Patrick... read more

New Video – You Can Always Hand Them Back

The Mercury Theatre Colchester’s latest in-house production is now in rehearsal. It’s the UK premiere of a comedy of songs and stories all about the heroes of any family – the grandparents! As ever it was a joy to work with Swainson Productions on the video trailer for You Can Always Hand Them Back, and Kate and Paul did a cracking job allowing the cameras in on day 3 of rehearsals. There’s lovely music in the show from Peter... read more

Mentors and role models – North Stars for your career

Sitting on the terrace of the RIBA restaurant (above) on a warm summer day a few years ago, I was asked “who are your professional role models?”. I was floored, not least because I have only two – and one of them was asking the question. I first thought of writing this blog on International Women’s day, as both of my mentors, coaches, role models – call them what you will – happen to be women who have achieved great success in their chosen fields. Janice Maiman is Senior Vice President of Communications, Media, News & Professional Pathways at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Dr Mairi Mclean is a former chief executive of Waveney District Council and Northampton Borough Council respectively, and is now a full-time management development consultant – it was Mairi who asked me to ‘out’ my role models. I fear I dodged the question at the time! Janice was a senior manager on a joint venture I worked on, and Mairi was employed as a management coach by a previous employer. It’s true to say that Janice and Mairi are both North Stars – a guide or reference point by which I try to navigate my own career. If you don’t have challenging moments in a management career, you’re not doing it right. It’s impossible to please everyone all the time, and as a pleaser, that displeases me no end. Both Mairi and Janice have supported me through challenging moments – some experiences they passed on intentionally, sometimes they coached me to reach important conclusions alone, and frequently they instructed me on how to be a better manager... read more

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Sunday Politics East interview - Arts funding in the 2015 Budget
BBC Essex interview - Relaxed performances for people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions
BBC Essex Interview - Refurbished Mercury Theatre Studio