Box office Amy’s a little treasure on the boards

Amy Watson of the Grand - from box office to Treasure Island
Amy Watson of the Grand - from box office to Treasure Island

Arrrgh Amy me lass! Long John Silver impressions apart, Grand Theatre box office team member and recent Blackpool and The Fylde College graduate Amy Weston is turning into a local treasure.

For Amy’s trading the box office to tread the boards tonight, playing young Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island.

However, the most important lesson I’ve learnt is that nothing is ever perfect but that’s all right because sometimes the most beautiful things are those with flaws

What’s more, it’s barely a piece of eight’s throw from her usual place of work.

Amy said: “It’s an honour to perform on such an exquisite stage with the cast of Treasure Island.

“Having worked in Box Office for close to a year it’s also incredibly nerve wracking to be performing in front of my work colleagues.

“Performing on the Grand theatre stage makes me immensely proud and I’m grateful for all of the hard work that’s continuously being put into its upkeep, as its an important part of our heritage.”

Blackpool and The Fylde College Level 3 Performing Arts students present Treasure Island, directed by Sam Stenton, adapted by Stuart Paterson from the book by Robert Louise Stevenson, for one night only.

Amy owns up to having had fun with the Bristol accent of young Jim who is left a treasure map by the buccaneer Billy Bones and sets sail on the Hispaniola in search of Treasure Island – forming an unlikely friendship with Long John Silver on the voyage. It’s set in the 1800s.

Amy reckons it’s a great ending to her two years at college. “I get to work with an incredible cast that have helped me in so many ways. Blackpool and The Fylde College is a terrific college with a supportive network of tutors who truly care for each and every pupil.

“However, the most important lesson I’ve learnt is that nothing is ever perfect but that’s all right because sometimes the most beautiful things are those with flaws.”

It’s a must-see for any young person contemplating signing up to the college’s performing arts courses in September. The college’s reputation for drama is enviable nationally. Some of Britain’s best – and best-known – actors started out there.

There are also close links with the Grand. “It’s a great partnership,” adds theatre marketing manager Andrew Howard.