Summer Holidays

Summer holiday

Today is the end of the academic year! It’s gone so quickly and we’ve managed to pack so much into it. Returning students – have a lovely summer and see you in September for more productions.

To our third years – don’t forget to keep in touch and let us know what you’re getting up to. All the best for your professional careers, wherever they may take you next.

Happy summer holidays all!


Summer School

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Want to join us for our Stage Management Summer School? This year we’ll be running Stage Management Skills as follows:

  • Course 1 – Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July
  • Course 2 – Monday 22 July – Friday 26 July

The Stage Managing Opera course will also take place on Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 July.

You must be 16+ to apply to the Summer Schools and there are also courses in Costume, Scenic Art, Lighting, Sound, Prop Making and Projection Mapping. Go here for more information and to book for all courses. Or visit the Short Courses Facebook page here.

Final Call…

…for the final Production Arts Open Day of this academic year.


Open Day will take place tomorrow, Thursday 6th June between 11am and 5pm. Registration begins at 10:30am.

Come along and see us for information about the programmes we run – BA (Hons) Production Arts (Stage Management, Costume, Theatre Technology and Design Realisation pathways), BA (Hons) Video Design for Live Performance and MA Collaborative Theatre Production & Design. There will also be information available on funding, student life, tours of both buildings and a chance to see our Graduate Exhibition and what this year’s graduating class are displaying. Members of staff and current students of all programmes will be on hand to discuss course information and general queries.

Go here to book your place.

Graduate Exhibition 2019


Graduate Exhibition 2018

Joining us for our Graduate Exhibition?

It’s the end of year showcase for our final year students across the Production Arts Department. Each student will be exhibiting work they’re particularly proud of from their three years with us – prompt copies, graduation projects, props, costume, scenic elements, lighting, sound and video designs that have been used on our operas, dramas and musicals across the last 3 years.

The event will be taking place in Milton Court at the following times:

Wednesday 5 June, 12pm–7pm
Thursday 6 June, 11am–5pm (also our Production Arts Open Day)

Scenic Artistry

Second year Eli has been working with the Scenic Art department for the first half of this term on her allocation – they’ve been working on the Opera Double Bill.

Eli had this to say about her time in Scenic Art;

“I’ve had a really good time in scenic art! I’ve been painting the set for the Double Bill Opera. Venus and Adonis is set in a swamp shack, so there’s been a lot of: rust effects; cracked paint effects; and moss. I’ve learnt loads of new skills that will be helpful as an ASM if I ever need to break down and age furniture pieces”.

The Apothecary

Step into the Apothecary and see what there is to learn about their pills and potions.

This display is Lauren’s graduation project and was also part of the work that went towards Guildhall Live Events Beasts of London project.

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Lauren had put together a cabinet of curiosities, including lots of pills, potions and herbs. The skeleton also added a lovely macabre touch. The fizzing potions were created with steralisation tablets.


At the very end of Spring Term, the TV Studio was converted into a forge for Tamsin’s graduation project.

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One of Tamsin’s hobbies outside of Guildhall is blacksmithing, so she wanted to show us how it’s done.

She had 3 areas to the project, the waiting area where guests were asked to put on forge aprons, then once through the gate you were into the forge itself – where Tamsin talked through the history of blacksmithing and demonstrated some tools and techniques.

The third area showed all of the research that Tamsin had done before and during the project, including some items she had forged herself and anvils she had created.

Musical Theatre Cafe

The Musical Theatre Cafe was open on Friday 17th in the Milton Court Cafe – it’s Abby’s graduation project!

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The project takes us on a tour through a range of musicals from all different eras – it also showcases some lovely pies! Between the things to look at, the musical soundtrack playing the background and the American apple pie scent spray – it’s truly multi sensory!

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Abby has made a range of table toppers with facts about 6 musicals that all have made different impacts on the industry over the years.

Here’s here second pie – it’s a bit gruesome but Abby learnt lots about moulding and casting from our Props department while making it.

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Abby has also included the Musical Theatre Tube Map – credit to John Howrey at who makes these – it was Abby’s 18th birthday present from her sister and fitted the theme perfectly.

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Opera Double Bill

Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s Opera Double Bill which will be in the Milton Court Theatre. This year it will feature Aminta e Fillide by George Frideric Handel and Venus and Adonis by John Blow. Both operas are early operatic works that explore the theme of romantic love.


The production is being directed by Victoria Newlyn, with design by Madeleine Boyd. Chad Kelly will be conducting and lighting has been designed by Andrew May.

We had the props spread for the production earlier this week, this is a chance for the Stage Management team to show all of the props and furniture that they’ve pulled together for the production to the Designer and Director. It’s a great opportunity for feedback and notes!

The two operas have very different designs, so the team have had lots of props to source. The Props Department were also in attendance as they have made several items for the operas.

If items have not arrived in time for the Props Spread, then the team show photographs of them to the Designer and Director for approval. For this production, the team have hired an airline drinks trolley which wasn’t delivered until after the Props Spread, here it is on arrival (being modeled by Calum)

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The team have also had several adventures collecting props during rehearsals, Tom and Jess (ASM’s) collected a rocking chair and brought it back on the tube, Tash (SM) had to go to St Albans for a sofa collection and then Georgia (ASM) and Tash received a delivery of 2 astronaut helmets from America – all in a day’s work for the team.

The production will open on Monday 3rd June – for more information and to book tickets go to the main school website.