Where do you work?
I support multiple West End and Off-West End productions, as well as resident and touring productions across the UK.
How did you start off in theatre?
As a professional dancer turned physical performance coach, I have a multifaceted experience of working in this industry. Seeing performers sustain injury after injury and spending the majority of their contracts undergoing treatment was the catalyst for starting my coaching practice.
What is the best piece of advice you have for students and others in the industry?
The pressure to be invincible in our industry benefits no one.
What would you change about the theatre industry in the UK?
Too many performers sustain avoidable injuries during rehearsal and production. I would like to see the universal adoption of a ‘prevention over cure’ approach for well-being in theatre.
What is the best part of your job?
When performers and practitioners tell me that they no longer feel worried about the demands of their show, I feel proud to be a part of that.
And your least favourite?
That I still see people joke about injury as if it’s a welcome and standard part of a show’s run. The life of a performer can be challenging enough – why add avoidable injury to that?
What is the one skill that every successful theatre professional should have?
One of the things that makes theatre professionals so special is the diversity of the skill sets they possess. That being said, a universally essential skill would be punctuality.
Have you noticed a shift in attitude towards injury in theatre?
With every show I work on, I feel more positive about the direction this industry is heading in.
Tome Levi was talking to John Byrne