#EnglishTourismWeek19: Conversations with Kate
Our series of blogs for #EnglishTourismWeek19 celebrates all that’s great about the Chichester region. Here, we speak to Kate Mosse about her association with Chichester and the iconic Chichester Festival Theatre.
Kate Mosse OBE is celebrated on many fronts: as a multi-million selling author; as the founder director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction; and, of course, as a Cicestrian.
But another role is equally dear to her heart: as the host of around 25 Pre- and Post-Show Talks and Events each season at Chichester Festival Theatre. These live conversations with playwrights, directors and actors allow audiences a unique insight into the productions – and they get their own chance to ask questions, too.
‘I am as nosy as any other audience member!’ says Kate. ‘I want to know what makes creatives tick! Why, say, a director decides to have contemporary rather than 17th century costumes in a restoration comedy. So for me it’s really the chance to be the audience’s representative on stage for 45 minutes before or after the show.
‘The other thing that makes our Programme special is that most of the talks are free. It says very clearly that, whoever you are, you have as much right to know about the inner workings of CFT as anybody. Everything is about enhancing and deepening the audience’s appreciation of what they see.’
Kate hopes the interviews might also encourage people to get a feel for a play they might be unsure about or haven't yet booked. It's a way to try new things. ‘For example,' she explains, 'in 2009 I wasn’t that interested in seeing a play about the financial collapse, but ENRON turned out to be one of the most transformational pieces of work I’ve ever seen. If you come to the free talks, you’ll get a taster and then you can get a ticket if you like the sound of it. And there’s always something that comes out of the talks that you weren’t expecting. Which is why I love doing them and I can’t wait for the 2019 season.’
Visit cft.org.uk/events for Kate Mosse’s Festival 2019 talks. Her latest No 1 bestseller The Burning Chambersis now out in paperback from Pan.
Win tickets to a Chichester Festival Theatre performance
To celebrate #EnglishTourismWeek19, we’re also offering everyone who signs up to our e-newsletter the chance to win prizes from a host of top attractions across the region, including two tickets to a showing of Shadowlands at Chichester Festival Theatre (Friday 26 April 2019 performance). To find out more, click here.