We popped up to the beautiful theatre in the hills that is Pitlochry Festival Theatre and caught up with Julius Cardew the super efficient and attentive Front of House Manager.
Julius usually has a Sunday and Monday off and typically works 9.30 – 5.30 but sometimes does split shifts i.e. 12 -2pm and 7 – 11:30pm on Matinee days.
We find out all about meeting Michael Palin and keep this super busy theatre running smoothly!
1. What does a typical day at work look like for you?
If doing a day shift I will firstly greet the cleaning team who are about to finish their shift and sort out any issues they may have. Next is getting my coffee and going through my emails, making any orders as required and looking at any maintenance that needs urgent attention. Staff rotas always need to be looked at regularly which means liaising with the retail manager as some duties and staff overlap between the departments.
If I’m doing an evening shift and covering a performance, I am mainly looking after the wellbeing and safety of the audience and to ensure they have a wonderful night out.
2. What signals the start of your weekend / days off?
Locking and alarming the building at night. Then thinking what DIY jobs my wife has lined up for me!
3. What makes for a perfect night in?
A tasty Tai take away meal with the family.
4. What makes for a memorable day or night out?
Taking the kids out to somewhere which they have been really looking forward to.
5. Tell us about the weekend you’d love to live again?
I used to go water skiing with friends in my youth, so I would love to get back into boats in someway
6. And now your best ever day at work?
The Theatre’s very first “Winter Words” festival when Michael Palin came to open the event. It was amazing to actually meet one of your comedy heroes.
7. Any workday or weekend rituals?
Up at 6:30am every morning to make milky coffee for my wife and I. Then back to bed for a snooze!......Bliss!
8. What’s in the perfect day off breakfast?
It’s got to be a full cooked breakfast. So rare, but all the better for it!
9. Any words of wisdom for us?
Always expect the unexpected!
The gorgeous, green countryside with the trees and hills.
The fabulous, friendly folk who live here.
Quiet, winding roads on which to ride my motorbike.