How Beginners On Stage (BOS) Touched My Life… Emily Hampson

How old were you when you started BOS?

When I was in yr 2 – so I was 6 years old.

How long did you stay at BOS?

Until I was 16. I left when I went to sixth form college. (Almost 10 years of my life!!!!)

What did you love about BOS?

Everything. I had so much fun coming every week and seeing all my friends, and being able to let go and have some fun doing something different.

What didn’t you love about BOS?

The tech rehearsal for the show…

What experience/feelings, if at all, have you used and taken from BOS into your adult life?

I’m so much more confident that I used to be, and that’s definitely because of BOS. I’m perfectly happy to stand up and give presentations to people at uni, or go up and talk to people I otherwise wouldn’t have. I came away with so many close friends too that I still keep in contact with from time to time. And of course, I got a cool nickname that seems to have stuck for some people!

Anything you might like to add about your experience with BOS…

I’ve just been having a look through the old show programmes and they’ve brought back so many brilliant memories, of the costumes and the people! Every year, my whole extended family would come to Fleet for the day to watch the show and everyone enjoyed it so much. My cousin would always be excited to see what the infants groups would be dressed up as (her favourite was BY FAR the fluffies in Hello Dollies). But I also love to see how much people have grown and changed when they’ve been here. It has always been such a massive part of my life, and I know that without it, I would be a very different person than I am today. I also think it’s very apt that both my first and last shows were Trouble at the Big Top – I went full circle!