End of Term

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A very merry Christmas and a happy new year to all our students! Today is the end of autumn term – and what a term it’s been. Hope everyone has a restful break and we’ll see you in the new year ready for Associated Studies, Group Project and a whole host of new productions!

Props Presentations

For our first year Stage Managers, the Props Presentation is the first project they work on within their classes. The students are given a playwright each and asked to choose one of their plays, then they need to research the play and write a props list.

The next part of the project is to source a small selection of the items – this must include a variety of skills that they’ve learned so far, including using items from our stores, buying (including haggling with sellers if they think the price is too high!), hiring, making and borrowing. All of this is hypothetical, so they don’t actually have to pay for or provide the items, just provide proof they’ve spoken to people.

Here are some photographs from this years presentations.

Darcey presented Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party – complete with fried slice.

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Em’s play was Boston Marriage by David Mamet, she rescued an old photo frame from the store and brought it back to life.

Kate B’s lovely bourbon label was her make, ready for A Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill.

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Kate S presented props for Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion – including using Photoshop to make a range of fliers for products that would be posted through people’s front doors.

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Katherine presented information on some lovely hired items, alongside a borrowed  Samsonite briefcase for Comedians by Trevor Griffiths.

Liv showed us lots of different skills with Photoshop to make her wine bottle label, pill bottles and magazines, all for Pam Gems’ Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi.

Peter 3Peter presented a range of items for Plenty by David Hare – including a glass of whiskey and bottle of gun cleaning fluid.

Ross brought several items from A Chorus of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn to life.

Alex made this wire basket out of coathangers for her props display from Noel Coward’s Present Laughter.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee was presented by Andrea.

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Devon presented props from George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer.

Emily N presented Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. She spent a lot of time working on her sewing skills to bring this tablecloth as one of her makes.

Emily R’s play Red Lions by Patrick Marber is all about a football club. Whilst making match day programmes and a range of posters, Emily decided to design the club crests for the Red Lions and their opposing team.

Emma presented Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Her Naked Skin – and took a research trip to the Museum of London for information on the Suffrage movement.

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Matt presented a range of props from One Man, Two Guvnor’s by Richard Bean.

Miriam’s props are all from Angels in America by Tony Kushner.

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And third year student Calum decided to do a demonstration with the ironing board Matt had sourced while he was having a look at all of the displays!

Well done all!

TheatreCraft 2019

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Booked your place for TheatreCraft 2019 yet?

This is the UK’s largest free careers event for young people who want to work in theatre in an offstage role. This years event will take place at the Royal Opera House next Monday 11th November. You can find more information and book your place here.

As well as information from a range of drama schools, employers and industry suppliers, there will be workshops and information on offer about all kinds of backstage roles – stage management, props, costume, producing, set design, casting, sound, lighting, make up and prosthetics, wigs, directing and loads more.

Guildhall will be exhibiting at the event and will be information will be available for all BA Production Arts pathways – Stage ManagementCostumeDesign Realisation and Theatre Technology, as well as the BA Video Design for Live Performance and the MA Collaborative Theatre Production and Design programmes.

Hope to see you there!

Production Arts Open Day

We’re busy preparing for our Production Arts Open Day next Thursday 7th November and we’re looking forward to welcoming you all to Guildhall!

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If you still haven’t booked your place for the event then follow this link.

The day will run from 11am until 5pm, with information available on all of the BA Production Arts pathways – Stage Management, Costume, Design Realisation and Theatre Technology, as well as the BA Video Design for Live Performance programme.

Our Open Days include the chance to speak to current students and members of staff, take part in tours of our buildings and facilities and to attend drop in sessions about each pathway. Information desks will also be available for finance and student life at the school.

See you next week!

The Wheel: Audio Description

One of our third year students, Tom, presented his Graduation Project yesterday.

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His project was to audio describe our current drama production The Wheel and to provide a touch tour to make the production accessible for blind or visually impaired people. Tom also took part in a podcast about the project with the Guildhall Marketing team, which you can listen to here.

Production Arts Open Day

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Booking has now opened for our next Production Arts Open Day. This will take place on Thursday 7th November – for more information and to book your place go here.

The day will run from 11am until 5pm, with information available on all of the BA Production Arts pathways – Stage Management, Costume, Design Realisation and Theatre Technology, as well as the BA Video Design for Live Performance programme.

Our Open Days include the chance to speak to current students and members of staff, take part in tours of our buildings and facilities and to attend drop in sessions about each pathway. Information desks will also be available for finance and student life at the school.

Theatre Craft 2019

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Guildhall will be at Theatre Craft 2019 on 11th November at the Royal Opera House. Find out more and sign up to attend here

Theatre Craft is a free theatre careers event for anyone who wants to work in theatre in a role that is not performing onstage. There will be workshops and information on offer about all kinds of roles, stage management, props, costume, producing, set design, casting, sound, lighting, make up and prosthetics, wigs, directing and loads more.

Hope to see you there!

International Stage Management Day 2019

Happy International Stage Management Day 2019! If you want to join in on social media, use #StageMgrs19. The day is organised by the Stage Management Association.

We’ve been celebrating over on our Instagram page with a story showcasing the Stage Management skills our students learn. See below for the highlights.

Some Photoshop skills above – scroll over the image for the name of student who made the image…

…transportation of props…

…fake drinks…

…first year Miriam clearly didn’t like her drink!

Learning how to write and seal old fashioned letters…

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…first aid…

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…and what Stage Manager doesn’t love an Excel spreadsheet?

We also have Stage Management students who are on elective allocations and are learning the skills of other pathways…

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Luke is working as Production Manager for La Fedeltà Premiatahere he is with his CAD plan doing some planning with his team ahead of fit up.

And Sam is working with the Construction department and learning lots of new skills.

Happy Stage Management Day to all!