Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'The Young Me Would Be Amazed at Where I Am Today. It Wasn''t in a Million Years What I Thought I Would Be Doing.'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'The Young Me Would Be Amazed at Where I Am Today. It Wasn''t in a Million Years What I Thought I Would Be Doing.'

Article excerpt

Catrina McHugh is artistic director and writer of Open Clasp Theatre Company. The 47-year-old lives in Newcastle with her partner of 18 years and dog Brandy.

The company is currently touring Catrina's latest production, BlueGiro - a comedy drama set against the backdrop of a televised singing contest.

What was your first memory? Getting stitches. I fell off a chair when I was three.

My dad was in the army and we lived in a small village near Cattrick. Apparently the doctor was quite elderly and had very shaky hands and there was very little in the way of anaesthetic.

What were you like as a child? I was always trying to reinvent myself.

What childhood games did you play? I loved playing 'two ball', skipping and that game where you threaded elastic together, put it round your ankles and someone had to dance over them.

What music did you like and what was the first record you bought? I loved the Osmonds, and can remember buying Puppy Love and playing it till the vinyl was warped.

Did you have a family pet? Bobby, he was the type of dog that sat at the front gate, would run up to you when you got back from school.

He did his own thing, wandered around, then when he was older he bit a girl, the police were called and my dad took him to the vet. We were all devastated.

Were your school days the best days of your life? No, not at all. These days are the best days of my life. I love my life and the opportunities I have. I feel very fortunate to have love, family and friendship.

Were you ever bullied? Yes, until one day my mum followed me home from school, saw the girls bullying me and threatened to slap them, and their mothers if they didn't stop.

What were your favourite TV progra mmes? Starsky and Hutch. I was madly in love with Starsky and was devastated when he died (I think he died in the series).

What did you want to do when you grew up? I watched White Christmas recently and remembered how I wanted to be one of those chorus girls. I loved, and still love, those costumes, all the feathers, glitter and glam. Then later I wanted to be a shorthand typist.

How did you spend your weekends? …

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