I asked some friends 9 questions about how they were making the best out of this current situation we find ourselves in, and here’s their answers. Now we have the wonderful Linette…

Please tell us a little about yourself:

I am an actress/producer and the principal of Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Primrose Hill. 

My mom said I almost jumped onto the stage when I saw my first play as a little girl. My performing career began very young at age three when I took my first steps on stage as a classical ballerina. I embraced the discipline of the arts, developed my skills and by age 14 was teaching dance to other children at my local youth centre.

My late parents inspired my love of stories and after an injury ended my dance aspirations, I went on to study at Drama Centre London preparing me for professional theatre roles that include Lady Macbeth, and extensive work in television, and film. Upcoming film roles this year include Disney’s Cruella with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, and Agatha Raisin with Ashley Jensen.

I have produced and directed many shows for young people in the West End including at Her Majesty’s theatre and at RADA London.

As a producer I am currently co-producing my second short film. My first short film The Prowler went on to win multiple awards in the UK and abroad. My next film ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE is inspired by a story aired on BBC Radio 4, which explored the experiences of people who had given up everything to care for their sick or elderly relatives.

It is a funny and uplifting short film about love: the ultimate loving sacrifice between child and parent, the importance of expressing love to each other and learning to love yourself. 

I have always been very passionate about sharing and using my professional background to mentor children who have been bullied, suffer with health problems and physical disabilities, creating an environment where children can safely express themselves. I treasure my role as a Principal and mentor at Stagecoach Primrose Hill. My students are all so wonderful and it is their energy and enthusiasm that inspires me.

My students are lending their talents to raise funds for the charity Kids for Kids to give aid to at-risk children in Sudan. Please support them if you can by making a donation.

Please complete the sentence. This is a challenging situation that we’re facing right now, but one positive I’m taking out of it is…

…discovering what I truly value, to change and grow no matter the obstacles we all face.

Please complete the sentence. One thing I’d like to do/ learn during this season is…

become more tech savvy 🙂

What’s your happy song that always lifts your mood?

Rainbow connection from the Muppets, with music and lyrics written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.

I love this song, it just makes me smile so much, and seeing the children singing it in class melts my heart.

What’s a movie/ TV series or podcast that you recommend people watch or listen to?

ET directed by Steven Spielberg – As it is a beautiful and powerful film about childhood that is always going to make you cry.

The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola – An extraordinary film, the most powerful narrative and incredible performances by all the cast.

Podcasts:

You must remember this.
A really interesting look into the secret history of Hollywood, written and produced and narrated by film journalist Karina Longworth.

Fortunately…. With Fi and Jane.
Hosted by the wonderful BBC journalists Fi Glover and Jane Garvey.

What’s one book you recommend people read?

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – Swashbuckling, romance, grit, politics, high adventure, deadly intrigue, revenge, betrayal, it has it all. 

What’s your favourite inspirational quote?

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Let’s give a shout out to local businesses. When this is all over, what’s a local business you’d recommend people check out and why?

Primrose Hill Bakery as it is family business, simple old fashioned cakes that we all love, a little treat that we all need in our lives. 

And finally, what is your thank you message to those serving on the frontline. This includes: the medical profession, teachers, police officers, delivery workers, supermarket staff…

Thank you to all those incredibly brave medical professionals, to the NHS and all the wonderful doctors and nurses.

To the teachers, police officers, delivery workers, supermarket staff and countless people who are working tirelessly to keep essential public services going. The emergency services, carers, council workers, delivery drivers, bin collectors…

Whoever you are, you are all heroes! I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. We will be forever in your debt.

Thank you so much Linette!

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