Industry Talks is a new musical theatre podcast focusing on the industry professionals that play a pivotal part in getting a musical from page to stage.
On this week’s episode, we speak to a theatre industry legend, Joint CEO and Executive Chair of Trafalgar Entertainment, Dame Rosemary Squire.
Dame Rosemary takes us through her fascinating career. From starting out at the Theatre Royal Nottingham to working with her husband Sir Howard Panter creating The Ambassador Theatre Group. We learn more about what it was like creating a theatrical empire and raising a family.
We also speak about Dame Rosemary’s involvement in Stagecoach Performing Arts, her passion for making the arts accessible and her fantastic charity work with Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Listen to the episode below or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
0:00 – 14:19 – Where did it all begin? Dame Rosemary Squire tells us about her beginning at the Theatre Royal Nottingham and growing up in the city. We also speak about working in the arts and how working as a team is always key.
14:20 – 25:44 – We speak about the key skills that theatre and the arts teach children and young adults. Dame Rosemary tells us more about how she is involved in Stagecoach Performing Arts and we learn more about the passion she has for supporting arts in the community. We also learn about how ATG – The Ambassador Theatre Group was started and how community learning was intrinsic to her vision. She tells us about a particular project with Sir Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures Dance Company.
25:45 – 32:09 – Dame Rosemary tells us more about how and why she and her husband Sir Howard Panter created The Ambassador Theatre Group. She takes us through the story and we learn more about what it was like creating a theatrical empire while also raising a family.
32:10 – 43:19 – We learn more Dame Rosemary’s favourite part of her role and she also tells us about her charity work at Great Ormond Street Hospital – GOSH. We speak further about what Dame Rosemary enjoys in her spare time and how powerful the arts can be. She also gives us her advice for people who are looking to get into the Arts Industry.
43:20 – 44:41 – Dame Rosemary Squire also tells us how she would sum up her career to date.