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For this week’s #MondayMemories we turn to Joe Murphy, Artistic Director of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre. In 2016 he was awarded the directorship in residence at the Old Vic, following his former role as the Artistic director of Nabokov writing company. In July he told The Guardian newspaper’s ‘Theatres That Made Us’ feature... 

As a kid I never quite fitted in. Too much energy, too much imagination and way too much bright ginger hair.

"Then I joined the youth theatre at the Lighthouse arts centre in Poole. I found my tribe: a group of misfits just like me. In the immortal words of Lester Bangs: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”  

I found the coolest bunch of uncool people, somewhere I belonged and something I loved doing so much I dedicated my whole life to it. I now have the privilege of running the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.

"Our mission is to do for people from all walks of life what the Lighthouse did for me: to show everyone that they belong. This is the value of the arts: it’s a place where we all fit in. 

Published 7 September 2020