Development & Partnerships.
Hi, I’m Ellie. I grew up in bustling North London and moved to Norwich for an undergrad at UEA. English Literature and Creative Writing gave me so many opportunities to explore the amazing arts scene Norwich has to offer. Through performing poetry, I’ve worked with brilliant artists, charities and venues and I’m very proud to call this quirky little city my home. I’ve been a member of Young Norfolk Arts Trust for several years, worked for Norfolk & Norwich Festival and I’m currently the Programme Assistant for the National Centre for Writing. Fun fact about me: I love Highland Cows. There is simply no creature on this Earth that can rival the sassiness of a highland cow’s fringe.
Ultimate Desert island disc track? Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf.
Who would play you in the play of your life? Brigette Lundy-Paine, If I should be so lucky.
If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? Every year when I was in secondary school, my friends and I would try to get tickets for the Natural History Museum’s Halloween spooktacular events that ran throughout the night. We failed every time, so I’d love to live out that dream.
What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish? The Miseducation of Cameron Post – but I WILL! It’s excellent and I recommend it. It’s taking a while because I watch Modern Family to cheer myself up every time I read a particularly sad part (which is most of it).
Have you ever read a poem that feels like it HAD to be written about you? What was it and why? I was always inspired by Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman, that is until I read Onions by Lorna Crozier. The wonderful onion in question is unapologetic, resilient and above all else, entirely content with itself. It boasts at the sanctity of it’s every eye-watering layer, knowing that it can only be whole by holding itself tight and facing the world. So, when the world bites it, the onion always has the last laugh. I love that.
Hi! I’m Abbie – Norfolk born & bred, raised in the middle of nowhere until I was 16. Really the middle of nowhere – I argued with my Geography teacher in high school about whether it qualified as a village or merely a hamlet. I studied Theatre at Brunel University, specialising in Physical Theatre. I’ve worked as a fancy dress shop assistant, a Tesco checkout worker, a director, an arts venue Duty Manager, an Assistant Stage Manager, a fringe-theatre Assistant General Manager, a Box Office Assistant, a workshop facilitator, an Events Steward, a Production & Programme Assistant, and I now work as a Producer for Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, as well as freelancing as a producer & event manager. I was also a Creative Associate for Without Walls for 2020/21.
Ultimate Desert island disc track? Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure.
If you could have written one play, what would it be and why? Crave by Sarah Kane, because it was the first play to make me snotty sob in public.
If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam – their ‘It’s a Genderful World’ exhibit was stunning, and they present their pieces in a really innovative way.
What was the last book that made you cry? Or laugh out loud? (or both!) Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams absolutely did both – a must-read.
What’s a poem you can recite on demand? Oh, I have two! The Moment by Margaret Atwood, or On The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan!
Hello, I’m Georgia! I’m 24, originally born in Brighton before upping sticks and moving to Norwich for uni, where I studied English Literature. I have a solid and wide reaching background in writing & communications, with a particular focus on education and the Arts. I’m now down south again, having recently joined the Digital Learning sector. I’m really enjoying the chance to combine my copy writing skills with experience of didactic writing (and being back near the sea).
My prior experience has seen me working with some amazing arts organisations and festivals, from Norfolk & Norwich Festival, to Oxjam, to Festival Bridge. I feel really been lucky to have witnessed first hand the power that art can have within communities.
Ultimate desert island disc track?The Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie… as a kid I used to want to walk down the isle to that song (I think in my head I was marrying Kermit)
If you could have written one play what would it be and why? God this is hard – maybe the musical Come From Away, just because it was so unexpected!
What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish? I know this will upset a lot of people, and I should probably be ashamed of saying this as an English Literature student, but it was The Road by Cormac McCarthy! I just didn’t feel like it was written for me (maybe I’m just too much of a stickler for correction punctuation).
What’s a poem you can recite on demand? Bit of an odd one, but ‘Daddy’ by Sylvia Plath – my friend and I actually used to perform it as a kind of morbid party trick… don’t ask me why!
If you could live inside one painting or sculpture, what would it be? Maybe a Lowry painting: there’s something about the busyness of them that always looks so inviting, even though they’re actually a bit bleak! Or I’d like to 0be the ancient model hippo that’s at the Sainsbury Centre at UEA. I’m slightly obsessed.
Hi, I’m Isaac Originally from Wirral, I’m currently an MLitt student at University of Glasgow and reporting officer for North Music Trust. In the past I’ve worked as an actor, amateur production manager, and programmes intern for the National Centre for Writing; as well as an onslaught of customer service jobs. I hate confining myself to one thing and like exploring art I might not be familiar with, especially when it’s experimental and crosses the boundaries between disciplines. My dream project is an intersection of poetry and light vandalism.
Your ultimate desert island disc track: Love Bites (So Do I) by Halestorm.
If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? The Biscuit Factory: it’s a small gallery, but so interesting and welcoming I feel like I could build a little house inside.
What’s a poem you can recite on demand? Mina Loy, Love Songs ‘XIV’
What was the last book that made you cry, or laugh out loud? (or both!) Boy Parts by Eliza Clark had me laughing out loud a few times. As far as I can remember only one book has ever made me cry.
If you could have written one novel, what would it be and why? Água Viva by Clarice Lispector. The entire reading experience is like hanging out with a friend who’s cooler, smarter, and hotter than you and I’m immensely jealous that I could never write a book like it.
Programme & Operations Administrator.
Hello! I’m Amelia, and very similar to Abbie, I’m Norfolk born & bred and also raised in the middle of nowhere until I was 16. The closest bus stop was 1 hour walk away – so truly – learning to drive changed my life. Another thing that changed my life was studying for a year in Copenhagen. Alongside my uni studies, I was incredibly fortunate to hop on board many arts projects which opened my eyes up to the arts admin world. Since the pandemic I have worked in the mental health sector and have realised that my greatest feeling is when I know I have facilitated something awesome happening. So naturally, being a part of the rrramble team fits the brief!
What’s your ultimate desert island disc song?
We’re All Gonna Die (Have Fun) – The Candle Thieves. The juxtaposition of the joyous melody and morbid lyrics would keep me smiling despite my impending doom.
What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish?
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. I know I will love it – Tipping the Velvet had me absolutely hooked – but I’m ashamed to admit that if the first 10 pages don’t get me, I do struggle to keep going!
Who would play you in a film of your life?
Judi Dench. The woman, the myth, the legend.
If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why?
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – truly there is no place on earth quite like it.
If you could live inside one painting or sculpture, what would it be?
The Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Partly because I want to see if me and Venus can balance on that shell together, and also I would be fascinated to see all the gallery visitors’ reactions as they see it in the Uffizi Gallery.
Hi there, my name’s Ollie! I’m 24, use they/he pronouns, and currently live in Chichester, on the South Coast of England, the only city in the UK with a Cathedral that’s visible from the sea. I’m a huge fan of opera. I studied History and Music for my first degree, and I’m currently writing the thesis of a Master’s in Musicology. I’ve done a whole bunch of jobs and volunteer roles – I’m a regular volunteer for the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate.
What’s the most out-there thing on your current playlist?
My Spotify On Repeat is usually fairly coherent in that it’s mostly either stuff from the opera I’m listening to on repeat, music I’m trying to learn, or music that’s good for writing, but for the past several months I’ve had Where’s me Jumper? by The Sultans of Ping F.C. in the top spot.
If you could live inside one painting or sculpture, what would it be?
Can I be weird and say Hieronymous Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights? It would be strange, but at least I’d never get bored.
What upcoming media are you most excited about right now?
I’m looking forward to a concert of Verdi’s Atilla (if I can manage to get tickets to it), but that’s mostly because it’s rarely performed and it has a fantastic cast. (Ildar Abrazakov in the title role, my beloved.)
What’s your most special musical experience?
In my last job, I essentially got a free private concert of Allegri’s Miserere: I happened to be running the sound and livestreaming equipment on my own from ‘backstage’. The choir sung it from there, about eight feet away from me – literally just me and them.
Watch this space!