Spotlight on Matthew Honey
Q&A with Matthew Honey (Front of House Duty Manager, Live Theatre Winchester Trust)
What do you enjoy most about working in Winchester, in particular at Live Theatre Winchester Trust?
Winchester has been, and will always be, my home town and very close to my heart.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back to a community that you grew up in whilst hopefully leaving your mark.
Winchester has such a wealth of creative talent, and being that the city is so small everyone knows one another.
How did you get into theatre and what training was involved?
When the Theatre Royal Winchester reopened after its renovation in 2001, I began doing street dance, contemporary dance and drama here. I had a keen love of drama and wanted to be an actor.
Having a wide interest in the arts I studied Contemporary Film and Video at Manchester Metropolitan University. Once I returned to Winchester I naturally fitted into working within the Front of House team and have grown with the department.
My previous training and current work as a Photographer/Filmmaker and Actor links perfectly with so many elements of the theatre and wider organisation. Each passion feeds the other.
What does your typical working day involve?
A typical day for me begins with the Box Office, opening from 10am, we’re the cheery ones who look after customers during their booking journey and answer any questions they may have, even if they are about something completely unrelated.
As the evening begins and darkness rolls in my role changes towards the Duty Management side. With up to 400 people watching a show there are quite a lot of things that go on behind the scenes to make sure that everyone has the best experience possible.
Once the performance has finished the Front of House Duty Managers close up and secure the
What is it like working for Live Theatre Winchester Trust?
Working in Front of House is by far the best job, it is a constantly changing and multi-skilled role which always keeps you on your toes.
The whole of the Live Theatre Winchester Trust is a small and consequentially tight knit team – a small team with plenty of spirit.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
There are so many parts of my job that are rewarding to me and it really is almost impossible to list them all.
One of the best bits has to be meeting people who have been where I am today, this can vary from regular customers who worked here years before and still haven’t lost their passion for theatre, or it could be our incredible volunteer usher team, many of whom have done similar work here.
It’s very much like having an extended family on your own doorstep.