Meet The Old Vic 12: Maia Kirkman-Richards

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On 5 December 2017 we announced The Old Vic 12 class of 2018 to the world. Consisting of writers, directors, designers, producers, composers and even a puppet maker, the group will spend the next year collaborating to create new work throughout our bicentenary year and beyond.

Each week we’ll be getting to know a different member of this talented company through 12 questions – for week four we caught up with Puppet-Designer, Maker and Director: Maia Kirkman-Richards.

1. WHAT’S YOUR NAME?

Maia Kirkman-Richards

2. WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am a puppetry artist, so I am a Producer, Director, Designer, Maker, Performer of puppetry.

3. WHO INSPIRES YOU?

I am constantly inspired by the women that I work with and the women that surround me.

4. WHAT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?

Cats, puppets and humans. In that order.

5. LAST SHOW YOU SAW?

The last show I saw was actually a gig, and I never go to gigs, but I am seeing a show tonight that I’m extremely excited about. It is Four Seasons at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse and it is going to be amazing, I’m very excited. You should all go and see it.

6. THEATRE SNACKS – YAY OR NAY?

Yes. I love eating theatre snacks, but I do find it distracting when other people eat them. So it’s a yes for me; no for everyone else.

7. FAVOURITE PIECE OF TRIVIA

I love the Tudors, I’m obsessed with them. So Anne Boleyn, Heny VIII’s second wife had six fingers on one of her hands which means that she would have been a really good puppeteer.

8. ONE TRICK OF THE TRADE YOU’VE DISCOVERED

I was once told by someone that I worked for to always make yourself indispensable; indisposable. So just get really, really good at one specific thing and they’ll keep calling you back for it.

9. NIGHT OWL OR EARLY BIRD?

Night owl. Definitely.

10. YOUR LIFE STORY IN ONE SHORT SENTENCE

Croydon girl born and bred,
And now I make puppets in a shed.

It’s a poem, and I hate poetry, I absolutely hate it.

11. IN ONE YEAR YOU WILL HAVE…

I hope I’ll be doing exactly the same thing – I’m really happy. So to have the privilege to keep getting to do what I want to do. That would be amazing.

12. OLD VIC 12 IN ONE WORD

Game-changing… And it’s one word because it’s hyphenated. In my version.

To support The Old Vic 12 and help us to create a legacy for the future, passing on the unique power of live theatre to people and supporting the next generation of theatre makers, you can donate to our Impact Fund.

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