However, we would like to clear up a few errors in the Watford Observer article. The paper article has been and gone and I don't think we'll get a reprint, somehow. The online one has been improved from the initial wording but is still eyeball twitchingly incorrect for those amongst us who care, possibly too much, about things being RIGHT! (yes, my eyeballs have Can-canned out of their sockets, round my head, dressed in drag and done the hula over this article so I fully accept my status as one who "cares too much" in this matter.)
1) Our options for where we could go as a company were laid out for us by Gerald from the start. We decided we wanted to be a repertory company in the after show high of our first performance. We became a repertory company when Butterflies and Baggage were both being performed. Our fantastic producer, Nicola Williams, applied as an individual producer for Arts council funding. She was successful in receiving funding in order to lead us on a 5 month project, under the Artistic direction of Gerald Maiello. (Where we will be collaborating with Trestle Theatre Base to devise a theatre piece around self harm. We will have a rehearsal period of 5 months in which we'll be attending 4 Trestle workshops and culminating in September with two scratch performances at both Watford (Colne House) and St Albans (Trestle).)
So, technically, no. May Contain Nuts has not "recently secured funding... to set itself up as a reparatory [sic] company."
2) "Service user Katherine Owen-Smith said: ‘I’ve always loved drama and the fact that I don’t have to censor myself or worrying about what people think is great." " OK, I'll level with you. Dunno who this Katherine Owen-Smith bird is, but the grammar in her quote is terrible. Unless she really does find "worrying about what people think" to be great. I'll let the rest of her quote stand, she was probably babbling with a camera pointed at her, poor thing. It was a wonder she managed to get any words out at all.
3) Lyanne Thornton-Harewood was granted a reprieve on the spelling of her name so ,I can say that I know her and that she's awesome, obvs. I would like to make it known, however, that she had never said anything "was just the tonic" in her life. Recently she's read it out in an incredulously horrified voice a few times, but I don't think you should quote someone retroactively. There's probably a rule.
4) Liz Weatherley was also treated to a visit from the Name-spelling-corrections fairy (its a niche market but fairly lucrative and what fairy would turn down a job in this economy?) but of her quote "I’ve had several spells in a hospital and mental health can get very heavy duty. I think some health professionals need to lighten up and take things less seriously sometimes the name helps us stand out from the crowd and reflects our own attitude to mental health." she can only actually remember expressing the sentiment that "mental health gets a bit heavy and it's good to have some humour".
Still not pointing fingers!
(KathArine ALLEN-Smith, not at all bitter)