My name is Josh McNorton and I’m a creative producer, curator and festival manager. My full-time gig is working for Nesta, the UK’s innovation charity, and managing FutureFest, a festival in London happening on 17-18 September. I’m a theatre nerd and I look forward to the ambitious and diverse programming that LIFT offers. In addition to attending lots of theatre shows, gigs and festivals, I love travelling, yoga, attempting to surf, and buying records.
Here’s my #LIFT2016 playlist:
Ever since I was a little kid, I have devoured books and films about the paranormal. I live in Tower Hamlets and the fact that this show is set in my local Cemetary Park is enough to get me very excited (and a little scared!).
I’ve been invited to participate in the Talk Back for this show with the artist, Andrew Schneider, and The Gate Theatre’s Artistic Director, Chris Haydon, on 15 June. Chris has given me strict orders to not do any reading about the show or Andrew beforehand, so I can fully experience it. To quote Chris, “It will surprise the socks off you!”, which never happens to me. I can’t wait!
One of the best parts of last year’s FutureFest was that we showcased artists and engineers exploring the possibilities of human-machine interaction. I’m a music lover, so I am very curious to see and hear the interplay between two dancers and “64 robotic percussion instruments”. Very cool.