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  • Who is Allegra?

I’m the director of Quarterhouse which is part of the creative quarter; it’s the art centre on Tontine Street and I’ve been here for just over 2 years.

  • Why did you choose to work in Folkestone?

Firstly because there was this building here. Primarily because I thought what was happening in Folkestone was interesting.

  • What is your favourite event that happens in Folkestone?

This year it would have to be ‘WOW’ – women of the world festival. Now I know that that’s a little bit bias because it was here at the Quarterhouse but we got to work with about 65 local women and I’m quite new to the area so that for me was just amazing to meet all them people and actually talk about things that mattered within society. And I also love what Strange Cargo do with Charivari.

  • What is your most embarrassing moment?

I tend to start talking too soon before I put the phone down.

  • How would you describe the colour yellow to somebody who's blind?

It’s like brightness and being warm. It’s also like feeling something soft. But I guess it could be a sharp taste to the back of your throat.

  • What is your favourite Disney character?

Well my boyfriend tended to walk behind me at university because I would often stop and talk to people because I would know a lot of people, just being an upbeat person generally. So he used to make fun of me by walking behind me and singing the theme tune from Beauty and the Beast. I’m not saying that’s my favourite character but he used to do that. My favourite character would probably be the crab from The Little Mermaid

  • What keeps you awake at night?

Not a lot I think to run any job like this you need to be a good sleeper because if you worry about things there’s just no end to what you can worry about from health and safety stuff to budget stuff. I think the thing that would keep me awake though is whether or not people would come to something we show. But I think the thing I find most scary is when I try to be creative myself

  • Who is your biggest inspiration?

There are probably two people that I look up to for the work that they have done. First one is a Brazilian women architect Lina Bo Bardi . Was very ahead of her time, she built a lot of theatres. She worked in a way that was completely different from everyone else was working at that time. Didn’t look like theatre spaces then, she just thinking about the people, how the people would use the space. She kind of just threw the rule book out. And I also admire Ju Kelly who runs the south bank centre, who again just thinks about people and how they experience things together. Obviously she loves great art and she puts on great stuff but it’s more about how people connect with it.

  • Tell us a joke.

My favourite joke of all time is ‘Where does Napoleon keep his army?’


By Courtney Knowles

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