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Friday, 10 July 2020

The Corona Diaries: Will Haswell

These recent times have been some of the hardest challenges we've faced and as a community, it hit us pretty hard. However during these difficult times, here at Pocket Size Theatre, we wanted to spread a little positivity and share some peoples experiences because we are all in this together. Each day we'll be speaking to our friends in the industry to share their experiences with you all so take a read and see how people are getting through these hard times. 

Let's stick together, share the love and get through this as a community!

*Some information mentioned in this article may be out of date due to the progress of the current situation. Please keep that in mind when reading* 

Will Haswell was most recently seen in the original cast of Back to the Future the Musical at the Manchester Opera House. His other credits include Johnny Casino & Cover Danny Zuko in Grease (UK Tour); Ensemble in Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse); Ensemble in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre); Lewis and Cover Joe Casey in Our House (UK Tour); Featured Ensemble in The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre) Joe Pesci and Cover Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre); Pinocchio in Shrek (UK Tour); Ensemble in Anything Goes(Kilworth House); Ensemble and Cover Pepper in Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales and Novello Theatre) and Ensemble in 42st Street Gala (London Palladium).

On Monday 16th March 2020, The Society of London Theatre announced the closure of all Theatres in London. This followed suit with regional venues. Where were you when you found out and what was your initial reaction? 

I was in London at home having driven back from Manchester as I was performing in Back to the Future the Musical. I initially thought that it wouldn't be that long until we would return, however, we were slightly concerned as we were only on for a limited run and we had all worked so hard to get the show up and running and it was such a wonderful company to be a part of. We all didn't really get a chance to say goodbye to each other so it was a bit gutting the thought of not returning to all be together again. 

Can you tell us anything productive you’ve been doing? 

I've luckily been hired as a delivery driver for Sainsbury's so I'm currently driving around South East London delivering people there shopping! It's really lovely being able to help out a bit and for some people it's their only chance to have a little conversation, so it's really great to be able to try and put a smile on somebody's face by having a chat for a few minutes. 

I've also been taking part in a few online fitness classes. Especially 'Bobby's Bakery' getting that Glaze on every day. @Bobalus classes have been brilliant and he's an absolute gent. 
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