‘In this climate, a structure is healthy and good to have’ – Life in Lockdown with Adrian Hansel

Actor Adrian Hansel has starred in a number of productions including Guys and Dolls, Fame, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Cases. I was fortunate enough to speak to Adrian about how he is adapting to a life in lockdown and his hopes for the future of the industry

First of all, how are you feeling about the whole virus and lockdown situation? 

Well, at first we didn’t know what to expect or what was happening so was very worrying! We now know more and it is getting better but still sad as so many lives have been lost . Lockdown isn’t going to be forever so we must really push through! It is harder for others I’m sure but it’s for the best. 

How have you been keeping yourself occupied during the lockdown? 

Keeping fit , workouts , working on songs , keeping in contact with family and friends.  

What are you most looking forward to doing once lockdown is over? 

Seeing family ! Meeting friends ! Restaurants and, of course, seeing friends in shows!!

Is there anything we, as theatre fans, can do to help the arts industry in these trying times? 

The support has been great already! Keeping in touch on media platforms ,watching online concerts, it has all been really helpful.

What is your favourite thing about the theatre industry as a whole?

It is one big family and I love the live element of it all. Also, it is so nice that everyone in one room is experiencing something together and live at that moment. 

With the theatres closed and so much being moved online, do you think that we are seeing a big change in how the industry works?

I think for somethings maybe … but theatre / tv and film is a very social interactive industry so I can’t see my industry changing a lot in that way .  

How have you been managing day to day life in quarantine? Do you have a routine, or do you just go with the flow? 

I think in the beginning I went with the flow but then realised how much I like routine and also in this climate a structure is healthy and good to have so I now have a routine.

Do you have any advice for people who are perhaps finding lockdown hard to manage?  

Yes … Remember what you love / like / learn more about invest your time  in it. We are so lucky we have the internet. Call an old friend , make amends with enemies and talk to family. We now have the time .  

Do you think that it is important to talk about mental health in these challenging times? 

I think that it is always important to talk about mental health at ANYTIME! Never leave it, never ignore it, talk to someone anyone because I can guarantee you won’t be alone in how you are feeling .  

I would like to thank Adrian for his time and his answers to this interview, as well as wish him the very best for the future. Stay safe

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