Katie Bingham – a Stage Manager’s Life in Lockdown

We asked KATIE BINGHAM when she came home to Pembrokeshire recently what had been happening in lockdown with her work as a stage manager. Here’s what she told us…

Katie Bingham

“Well, haven’t the past six months been a complete whirlwind? If somebody had told me that a virus would grind the entire theatre and events industry to a halt, I would never have believed them. However, that’s exactly what it’s done. My normal, busy, “running around like a headless chicken” life has become a battle between attempting to remain productive and Netflix bingeing. The lockdown has stripped away so many livelihoods of those in the industry, and we can but hope to see it recover as quickly as possible so my colleagues and I can get back to doing what we love.

Plant holders

“On a more positive note, I have managed to keep myself fairly busy, finding new things to learn and projects to involve myself in – I think this is down to the only-child syndrome. I realised quite quickly at the beginning of lockdown that I wasn’t going to get through this uncertainty without some sort of routine in place. I thought about the things I’d been talking about and had wanted to do for a while but just hadn’t had the time to do so. How often in life do you get a pause on your day-to-day bumblings accompanied with a vast amount of time rolling out in front of you? I tried to turn this into a positive.

hand made coaster

“A typical ‘lockdown day’ for me was to start the day with a book and a cuppa – I am proud to say that I conquered The Lord of the Rings! Then, for some unearthly reason, I decided to do the ‘Couch to 5k’ running app which was a challenge at the best of times but made me have a little exercise and fresh air to begin the day. I then had an hour or so with my old friend Duolingo, once again, trying to learn Welsh. I made a lot more progress in lockdown than I have done previously so that’s always a good sign. The rest of the day would consist of various projects that I involved myself in.

“First off, I needed to find something to do to help out in this strange situation we’ve found ourselves in. I signed up to be an NHS responder as a ‘check in and chat’ volunteer. Enabling these volunteers meant ‘normal’ people could relieve some pressure from our wonderful NHS workers by chatting to members of the public who were perhaps feeling lonely or unsure of things. Also, I heard through a friend that hospices were looking for little crocheted hearts so that, when visitors weren’t allowed, the patient could have one heart and the families could have the other as a way of helping them to remain connected to loved ones. So, out came the crochet hook…

Wall Hanging

“#FioPen2PaperChallenge was a project launched quite early on in lockdown where Fio, a theatre company based in Cardiff, asked people to return to the art of letter writing and write into the company. This could be about absolutely anything. As I’ve worked with Fio a number of times in the past, I was on its team of ‘responders’ so I’ve spent quite a bit of time writing letters – which has been lovely. The project is very much ongoing so if anybody is interested in writing a letter, please just search #FioPen2PaperChallenge and you will be able to find more information.

“I’m a very creative person and always looking for the new thing to try. This didn’t stop in lockdown. I began making macramé plant hangers, just for fun. I soon clocked on to the fact that houseplants are becoming more popular and I could sell my plant hangers and my other creations. I have opened a shop on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MacrameByBingbong to sell plant hangers and other bits and bobs – homemade candles will be coming soon so watch this space! “

You can read more about Katie, from previously on Pembrokeshire.Online

Kitty Parsons

Kitty Parsons

Kitty is an incomer, with five summers under her belt and the knowledge that even the wettest and greyest of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire. She knows she will never live long enough to be considered a local but hopes to leave some small mark through writing about this beautiful county and its people.

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