Core Team

Lauren Barton

Production Manager

Biography

I joined Walk the Plank in May 2017 and, at the time of writing, I’ve been here seven months – but I still feel very new.

My role is to bring a creative vision to reality – working with the Producers to make it happen, to organise people and things and to make sure everyone is happy and well cared for. I’m a bit like an organised big sister!

I grew up in the North West but moved down to London when I was 19 to train as an actor and community theatre specialist. To my surprise, I ended up staying in London for the next 9 years but sacked off acting quite quickly as I didn’t like the uncertainty of the acting world – the prospect of working five jobs to pay for London rent didn’t fill me with joy. I knew I still wanted to work in theatre but I also wanted to work with people who weren’t your average theatre goers and so I landed a job at the Young Vic Theatre in Waterloo in their ‘Taking Part’ outreach department. Following that I went onto a music charity as a Producer working with young artists and producing gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, London. After that I worked as a Production Manager at a music venue in London before moving back up north to freelance before getting the job with Walk the Plank.

What attracted me to Walk the Plank?

Walk the Plank brings together all of the things mentioned above for me and is by far the most unique organisation I’ve ever worked for in the best way possible.

Walk the Plank really does feel different to other organisations.  There’s a real sense of family and belonging here. I’ve never experienced that before. It’s quite a magical thing.

My favourite Walk the Plank gigs?

Well, Manchester Day was my first Walk the Plank experience and a baptism of fire, having only been here for a few weeks when I took it on. It was a beautiful and emotional day and felt like such a huge achievement that it was a success. Secondly, it would be Lost Village Festival – my first pyro gig and an incredible spectacle. Being part of the team that makes the impossible possible is something to be very proud of.

What do I get up to outside work?

Outside of work I spend a lot of time with my family who are spread across the UK so I’m often in the car cruising down the motorway with some tunes on. I play the piano, but get very shy about it.  I also once had a piece published in The Independent that nearly got me expelled from school….it’s a long story.

I’m a definite culture vulture so spend a lot of time at the theatre, gigs and music festivals and galleries but am also trying to catch up on my epic list of boxsets on Netflix! I also love a good country walk and some pub grub. I can’t survive a day without a good brew.  It brings an unusual amount of happiness into my life – I’m pretty sure it has healing properties.