With Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide and health authorities urging people to self-isolate and practice social distancing on a massive scale as part of an enormous effort to #FlattenTheCurve of this global pandemic … we are reaching out to industry friends, colleagues, associates, partners, etc., and asking them to share their #StayAtHome and #QuarantineAndChill activities with us during this extraordinary time.
Hannah is a lighting technician working on rock and pop shows … which she’s been doing since finishing her apprenticeship at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall venue, which is where she first heard about the NRG – Next Robe Generation – programme.
Robe: Where are you right now?
Hannah: I am currently spending isolation in my flat in Wimbledon, South-West London.
Robe: What are you doing to fill the time whilst isolating / on lockdown?
Hannah: I am studying Open University courses in environmental science and issues surrounding global warming and setting up an online business. But if I’m honest … I’m also binge-watching Only Fools and Horses!! (The popular UK sitcom set in Peckham, south-east London, was originally broadcast on BBC One between 1981 and 1991).
Robe: What’s the most creative thing you’re able to do in isolation?
Hannah: I have been painting and catching up on my tailoring skills, it’s been years since I sewed anything properly.
Robe: Are you looking after anyone else during the Covid-19 crisis?
Hannah: I’m not looking after anyone else, but I AM looking after myself as I’m in a ‘high risk’ category.
Robe: Has anyone inspired you since this started?
Hannah: I like to watch some European shows and films and I have recently been watching some Russian shows… so, I’ve now been inspired to begin learning Russian!
Robe: Favourite book / movie / Netflix series / viral video
Hannah: I’m loving Killing Eve right now (British black comedy spy drama / thriller TV series, produced in the United Kingdom for BBC America) and I can’t wait for series 3 to come out.
Robe: What’s the first thing you’d like to do when we are through it?
Hannah: Well firstly I can’t wait to leave the house as I have been isolating longer than most people as I’m high risk, but mainly I just want to get back to work as I can’t stand sitting still for too long!
Robe: Own question / answer / message of solidarity or something you’d like to say?
Hannah: I think it’s important to remember each other currently because most of us are aware of the mental health issues a lot of the people in the industry face. I think if we can do anything at this time, then it should be to just check on someone who may need a friend right now. Let’s all go back into the industry together.