Mole Wetherell, artistic director

 4 October 2012

Mole Wetherell trained as a designer, and is now artistic director of theatre company Reckless Sleepers.

"Getting people to see our work is the best."

Hometown?

Originally I'm from Blackpool. I now live in Gent, Belgium.

What job do you do?

I'm the artistic director of the Reckless Sleepers theatre company. 

What previous jobs in theatre have you done?

I was a performer with Station House Opera

I've also done part-time work painting scenery and making props.

What qualifications do you have?

I have a degree in theatre design.

What do you do all day?

When the company wants to take on a new project, I have to find the money to produce the work from somewhere.

"If I liked a show I saw, I would talk to the people afterwards or write to them with questions."

We've done collaborative projects with other Belgian theatre companies. We've also made theatre which also involved film work and a book publication.

I spend quite a lot of my time doing admin, although our general manager and our international producer do a lot of the office-based work.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Getting people to see our work, and then meeting them afterwards to talk about it, is the best thing. 

And the worst thing about the job?

Dealing with bureaucracy.

How do I get into theatre?

Things are very different now from when I started.  I went to art school, which gave me a great basis to work from.

While at art school, I went to see plenty of art and wrote to the artists. This is how I was able to organise a placement with a company, and also with other freelance artists, with whom I worked on a couple of projects.

After leaving formal education, I joined a studio group and presented exhibitions and performances.

I also made sure I went to see performance art and theatre events. If I liked something, I would talk to the people afterwards or write to them with questions. That's how I ended up working with Station House Opera.


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