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Company Profile: Audrey Blake, Education Manager

Can you describe your job in 1 sentence?
I am responsible for managing the core projects the Education Department deliver each year in particular the Primary Schools tour.

What do you love about working in education?
The variety of projects we deliver over such an extensive age range makes me very proud. To inspire people from all walks of life and give them an opportunity to participate and experience the arts is awesome! Opera rocks!

10 years ago, did you imagine that you would be working for this Company?
I’ve actually been involved with the Company for over 20 years. I first worked for the Education Department as a freelance drama specialist on the Primary Schools tour before taking up my post in the Education office in 2001.

What has been the most memorable project you’ve worked on for Scottish Opera?
Most recently I enjoyed working on The Elephant Angel which was the Education Departments contribution to Scottish Opera’s 50th Birthday celebrations. However, I have to say the Primary Schools tour is the project closest to my heart. The fact it’s been running for over 30 years is testament to the quality of the product not to mention the unforgettable experience it brings to thousands of children each year. It never fails to bring a tear to my eye when I see a performance in school! The joy on children’s faces makes our work so worthwhile!

What do you do when you're not working?
I enjoy cooking and having my family and friends over for dinner. Nothing gives me more pleasure than good company and laughter round the table.


What 3 things might people be surprised to learn about you?

Many moons ago I was a Butlin’s Redcoat and worked a couple of Summer seasons in holiday camps in Ayr and Scarborough.


In 1989 I played a funny fairy in the King’s Panto Mother Goose. She was on the Young Fairy Training Scheme at the time and it took a bit of practice before she managed to cast her spells properly and become a fully fledged fairy!


I do a marvellous Francie & Josie impersonation! “Sure Josie, sure Josie, sure, sure sure!”


Where is your favourite place to be in the world?
Tavira in the Algarve. It’s very beautiful, the people are lovely and the fresh fish is to die for!