My story so far: Frankie Bridges

The general manager of the Deafinitely Theatre Company talks about her dream job

Frankie Bridges
Frankie Bridges

I wasn't really that interested in school, but I loved drama - I had a good teacher and I realised it was what I wanted to do.

I always wanted to be backstage, making it happen. I never had any ambitions to act - I'm so outgoing myself that I thought being on stage would make it worse - so I went to the University of Kent on a creative production course.

As part of the course we got the chance to do a two-month internship. I really wanted to go to the Donmar Warehouse, so I pestered them until they took me on. When I finished university, they offered me a job as office administrator.

The Donmar's artistic director, Michael Grandage, made me his PA. When he formed his own theatre company in 2012, I went with him as a production assistant.

After two years I moved to the Flying Music theatre as senior production coordinator for the Thriller Live stage show in the West End.

The Donmar was a subsidised theatre, so coming two months ago to work for Deafinitely, a charitable theatre, felt like coming home.

We're the first deaf-led theatre company in the UK and we run a training scheme for deaf actors and writers - it can be very hard for deaf people to get into theatre because the communication barrier can be a real problem.

It's a small company and we have to raise the funding, so you're close to the art and how it's being made. Being a general manager in a theatre like this is a dream, so I hope I'm going to be here for a long time yet.

Frankie Bridges is general manager of the Deafinitely Theatre Company

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