Each week Reaction Weekend brings you Favourite Things – interviews with interesting people about the skills, hobbies, pleasures and past times that make them who they are.

Fiona Laird is an award-winning theatre director and writer, her works has been seen at many of Britain’s top theatres including The National Theatre, The Old Vic and The Royal Court, as well as in the West End. You can watch her 2018 Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Merry Wives of Windsor on Britbox. She founded the National Youth Arts Trust in 2013 in response to the growing crisis in funding for education in the performing arts.

These are a few of her favourite things…

Leaving a legacy in the arts

I became very impassioned with the idea of legacy during London 2012. It coincided with a time in my life when I’d split up with my first husband, we had failed to have children and I realised I never would. But, like everyone, I still wanted to leave behind a legacy. My passion is the performing arts so if I couldn’t pass that on to my children, as my mother did to me, then I wanted to pass it on to other people’s children, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity.