Hi, my name’s Andrew Carruthers and as an Ella Street resident, I’m really happy to be the latest addition to the Assemble Fest team.
As with many people, my first theatre experience was going to the local pantomime with my parents and sisters. I loved the noise and the colour as well as being part of an audience encouraged to join in with the mayhem on stage. As a teenager, a family holiday took us to Stratford on Avon and the RSC where, after immersing myself in the history of the place and seeing a performance that night, I decided my future lay, in whatever capacity, in the theatre.
I started at The Derngate, Northampton working as an usher and then in the box office before moving onwards and upwards over the years via North Wales Theatre (Llandudno), Blackpool Pleasure Beach and The Dukes (Lancaster). Since moving to Hull two years ago I’ve worked front of house and backstage at Hull Truck and The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe, taken part in the torch light parade at Freedom Festival, enjoyed the Humber Street Sesh, shows at The New Theatre and Fruit. What a good move it’s been. After all these years I still enjoy the noise, colour and excitement that comes from being in the same space as a live performance and love enabling others to share that experience too.
As Community Engagement Officer for Assemble Fest I get to do what I like to do best of all: talk to people. I will be a point of contact for our venue managers on the day and for the audience too if I spot you looking lost on the Avenue. So if you see me on the day or beforehand either on Ella Street, in Pearson Park walking my dog Pugsley or shopping on Newland, please stop me and say ‘Hello’.
Author: Andrew Carruthers, Community Engagement Officer