It’s no secret that theatre and amateur dramatics have played a huge role in my life and are one of my biggest passions. I spent every year from age 8 to age 18 in a local theatre society and since moving back to Abergavenny after uni, it has been something I have wanted to get back involved with. Last year as I eased into my life as a graduate, I decided to just participate in Pantomime whilst I found my bearings but missed the experience of putting on musicals greatly. That is why when the opportunity arose to join the AAODS committee I jumped at the chance to be a part of this society again.

AAODS stands for Abergavenny Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society and is split into a junior (ages 8 to 18) and senior (18+) section. I was previously a member of both sections over the years and have spent 80% of my life with this society. I have had the pleasure of being in so many wonderful performances from The Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz and Cats to Singin’ in the Rain and Sister Act! I grew up in this society and have a lot to thank it for. Alex and I met within this society and being involved in the local theatre community together greatly contributed to us being best friends and eventually a couple! It is a well renowned and large society who put on big shows with big casts and I have just missed it so much. I love that so many people can come together to put on theatre together and have it become a large part of their social life too.

An email was sent out to everyone outlining that there were several vacancies on the committee for the society and that they were hoping to recruit some new members with a lot of passion, enthusiasm and ideas – if you know me, you’ll know that this pretty much sums me up. Long story short, I put my name forward and was elected on to the committee at the AGM along with Alex and some other new members. I then decided to stand for the role of Chairperson which is elected internally.

The previous chair of AAODS is an extraordinary woman who had anchored the society for over 10 years and wanted a well deserved break. I really felt that I could bring some good contributions and that I could do well in this role. I’m hyper organised, work so hard I rarely sleep and have so much love and passion for amateur theatre in Abergavenny. I am thrilled to say that I was elected and am officially the Chairperson of AAODS! Alex was elected as Vice Chair which is lovely and everyone on the committee has been so welcoming and supportive.

I’ve already been thrown in the deep end as to no surprise Corona has completely knocked theatre and things have to change significantly in order for shows to be able to go ahead once more. The society is due to perform Copacabana in April so fingers crossed that we are heading towards a new normal that accommodates theatre performances! I know that I will do absolutely everything I can to support AAODS as we navigate these uncertain times and, like everything else, will give my all to this role. It’s no secret that I really struggle with how others perceive me and this is something I am already battling in this role but I keep reminding myself that it is impossible for everyone to like you and I am trying my best – that has to be enough.

I am honestly so excited (and nervous) to start this new challenge and who knows where the next year will take us with corona looming but I’ll give it all I’ve got.

Wish me luck!

Meg xo

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