JoAnne Haines – Resident Artist

Interviewed 2014

I love it when the audience interact with the shows, clapping and enjoying themselves. It makes our work really worthwhile. 

I’ve always loved acting, I was doing lots of plays at my school – Braithwaite – playing Calamity Jane, and Rose in Oliver so when Mind the Gap came to my school to talk about its Outreach Summer Theatre Schools I really wanted to give it a go.

After this I was asked to apply for Making Theatre in 2008 where I was asked to audition for Boo before I left school. I was only in Making Theatre for a year when I got the part! After this I joined Acting Company in 2011, which meant I could go out on more tours such as StigIrresistible and Treasure Island.

When I’m not acting or being at Mind the Gap I love to make name tiles out of Hama Beads and doing arts and crafts. Singing isn’t my strong point!

But I really love being on tour especially when the audience enjoy the shows, clapping and singing along sometimes too.

Mind the Gap has really boosted by confidence and now I really want to learn how to cook and be more independent so I can help my mum out more at home. I also wouldn’t mind being on TV – maybe Waterloo Road playing a cheeky character.

As well as going out on tour, I would really like to do more workshops and outreach, working with younger people so I can share my passions and hobbies.

The next big project I’m involved in is Trickster, with Jez Colborne who is creating a piece of music to be performed in on and around a shipping container using strange instruments. We went to Ireland, where it’s going to be performed, to do some research and we got stranded on Inisheer in a storm! That was pretty scary but an experience!

That’s what’s so cool about Mind the Gap, no day is the same and you get the chance to do lots of different things as a performer.

JoAnne Haines – Resident Artist