60 Second Interview
Richard Joy heads up market leading production, performance
and entertainment partnership Fullcircle. We caught up with
him to find out more about what inspires him, and what it
takes to produce truly unique events.
How did you get into the industry?
I’ve worked in the theatre from a very young age in Variety and Music Hall on tour with my Dad. At music college in London I met Simeon Aldred and John Burch, where we originally discussed the ideas of Vibration Music. This slowly over time morphed into the Fullcircle brand.
What did you study?
Orchestral Percussion at the London College of Music.
What’s your favourite place in London?
Which is your favourite type of act?
At the moment it is cabaret. Although if you’d asked 10 years ago I would have said musical acts as we were so close to our performers, they were the guys that we graduated from the main conservatoires with.
Who would you love to work with?
I would like to work with a beatboxing tap dancing drum show lead by a cast of female break dancers featuring Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee. It’s not in existence yet but we should do it…
Tell us about your favourite project.
At the end of last year Beverley Knight was lovely to work with. We liaised with her during the Bodyguard show and then I produced her show for two private concerts at the Corinthia. It was only five minutes from the stage door at the Adelphi so very relaxed, super pro and an easy ride together in the limo.
What advice would you give those looking to get into the industry?
Learn as much as you can, see as much as you can. Watch every show, every act, get backstage, critique everything - how would/could you make it better. You can learn even from bad shows.
Tell us about your typical day.
7AM (ish): Get up. 7:45AM: Train into London, either Walthamstow for our warehouse or ABC1 for Fullcircle. 9AM - MIDAY: Deal with yesterday’s gigs. Speak to performers, cash up jobs, get feedback on shows. MIDAY - 3PM: Work on new shows, budget touring shows/fashion shows/ overseas work for our exclusively managed artists. 3PM - 6PM: Fullcircle team work including PR, proposals, staff, investments, debtors, social media and new business. 7PM ONWARDS: Pop to Soho to see any of our 11 exclusively managed performers at places like Madame Jo Jo’s, the Hippodrome, Café de Paris, Café Royal - the list goes on!