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Will Skillington

Will Skillington is a Plymouth-based dad of two, nurse, comic, musician and promoter. He’s also the “human male” behind the thriving A Press of Suspects {presents} organisation.

Will Skillington never thought he would end up in Plymouth and admits that he “moved by design rather than choice”.

However, after spending the first 39 years of his life in Bristol, he clearly now feels right at home in Britain’s Ocean City.

Will says: “I absolutely love this city and all its quirks. It obviously has its issues like any inner city but the natural beauty on our doorstep, and the people I meet, continue to surprise and astound me.

“My life has been an up-and-down experience. I have had extreme highs and extreme lows. Without the love and support from my family, I’m not sure I would still be here.

“I have worked alongside organisations that support individuals of all ages with varying severity of learning disabilities for the last 20 years. This has been fundamental to my personal recovery and progression as a human.”

Will’s skills certainly stretch right across the arts scene and beyond, being a comic for four years, a musician for 26 years, and a promoter (“on/off”) for 20 years.

As well as working as a nurse during his time in Plymouth, he’s also been a proud dad of two for the last four-and-a-half years.

Now, he says he’s working at, “being a decent human, a nurse, a dad, a fiance, a musician and a comic – all alongside making his events organisation, A Press of Suspects {presents}, successful by helping as many causes/humans as possible.

A Press of Suspects {presents} aims to create comedy events to enrich and entertain during our brief stints on this planet. Its focus is on bringing people together for shared experiences.

So, where does Will’s inspiration come from?

“I’ve always been curious and ambitious,” he says. “I love people and believe life is precious and beautiful, and sad, and tragic. A love of all things, I try to come from a place of empathy and kindness, which is easier said than done!

“My work is ever evolving. I want to create connections with humans, to foster inclusive and supportive events which also benefit community projects. Comedy and music and art can be life-changing for everyone.

“I’m hoping to expand on my work here in Plymouth, working directly with organisations to raise awareness and funds, start conversations and open up possibilities.

“I’d like to broaden the number of organisations I can help alongside building a core audience for my events. I feel I am at the beginning of something which has the potential to have some positive impact for a large number of people. I also want to make an absolute ton of cash!”

Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns have affected the way in which many of us live and work. And it’s no different for performers like Will.

He says: “I had a two-year-old girl who I spent it (lockdown) with in Turnchapel which is a beautiful area/community. I also continued to work as a nurse with no interruption.

“Yes, I missed performing and connection, but I have to say I had it very very easy and enjoyed my time with my daughter.

Will also has some advice to any creatives who are emerging from lockdown…

“Crack on! Life is short and things can change very quickly. Make things happen, it’s all a choice, and ‘failure’ is an integral part of creation.”

Follow A Press of Suspects {presents} on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Will’s skills certainly stretch right across the arts scene and beyond, being a comic for four years, a musician for 26 years, and a promoter (“on/off”) for 20 years.

As well as working as a nurse during his time in Plymouth, he’s also been a proud dad of two for the last four-and-a-half years.

Now, he says he’s working at, “being a decent human, a nurse, a dad, a fiance, a musician and a comic – all alongside making his events organisation, A Press of Suspects {presents}, successful by helping as many causes/humans as possible.

A Press of Suspects {presents} aims to create comedy events to enrich and entertain during our brief stints on this planet. Its focus is on bringing people together for shared experiences.

So, where does Will’s inspiration come from?

“I’ve always been curious and ambitious,” he says. “I love people and believe life is precious and beautiful, and sad, and tragic. A love of all things, I try to come from a place of empathy and kindness, which is easier said than done!

“My work is ever evolving. I want to create connections with humans, to foster inclusive and supportive events which also benefit community projects. Comedy and music and art can be life-changing for everyone.

“I’m hoping to expand on my work here in Plymouth, working directly with organisations to raise awareness and funds, start conversations and open up possibilities.

“I’d like to broaden the number of organisations I can help alongside building a core audience for my events. I feel I am at the beginning of something which has the potential to have some positive impact for a large number of people. I also want to make an absolute ton of cash!”

Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns have affected the way in which many of us live and work. And it’s no different for performers like Will.

He says: “I had a two-year-old girl who I spent it (lockdown) with in Turnchapel which is a beautiful area/community. I also continued to work as a nurse with no interruption.

“Yes, I missed performing and connection, but I have to say I had it very very easy and enjoyed my time with my daughter.

Will also has some advice to any creatives who are emerging from lockdown…

“Crack on! Life is short and things can change very quickly. Make things happen, it’s all a choice, and ‘failure’ is an integral part of creation.”

Follow A Press of Suspects {presents} on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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