Technical Theatre Open Day

In preparation for our Technical Theatre Open Day next Thursday (7th June), here’s a video of the display that the Production Arts department put on for the Whole School Open Day in April.

Come along next Thursday to find out more about life as a student here at Guildhall and also about the pathways and teaching we offer within the programme.

The Open Day will run from 11am to 5pm, with registration opening at 10:30am. There will be drop in sessions for each pathway and the chance to talk to members of staff and current students.

You can find more information and register to attend here.

Graduate Exhibition 2018

Cherry Orchard

One week today on Wednesday 6th June, our Graduate Exhibition for 2018 will open!

The Exhibition is a chance for our third year students from the Technical Theatre Arts and Video Design for Live Performance programmes to showcase what they have been doing in their time at Guildhall.

It will feature items such as props, costumes, scenery and design work from a range of Guildhall’s productions, as well as students own work and personal projects that they have been working on. Students will also be present at the Exhibition to talk about their work.

The Exhibition will take place in the Studio Theatre and foyers of Milton Court at the following times:

Wednesday 6th June, 12pm – 7pm

Thursday 7th June, 11am – 5pm

For more information, please see the Guildhall School website.


Opera Final Preparations

As we get closer to the Opera Double Bill going onto stage for Stage and Piano and onwards, the Stage Management team have been busy making preparations.

They’ve had their props spread…

…meetings with some of the first year crew to discuss how the revolve will work and to talk through technical aspects of the production. Ben and Sam (DSM and SM) also gave the crew score references and cue information so they’ve got references for their cues…revolve briefing 2.jpg…and briefing the team ready for the Studio Runs, talking through the production and distributing cues between the team for the Studio Runs, which are today and briefing 2.jpg

Toi toi for moving to stage team!

Pride’s Got Talent 2018


Several of our current students (and a graduate) have been busy working with Pride in London on Pride’s Got Talent 2018. Many of our students have worked with Pride over the years on a variety of events.

Second year student, Tash, sent these descriptions along with the photographs:

“A lot of Guildhall stage management students have worked on Pride’s Got Talent heats (as part of the Pride in London team). There was then a cabaret final (the smaller team) and a pop final both held at the Charing Cross Theatre. The second photo also shows Tom, a Guildhall graduate”.



San Zita Advertisement.jpg“San Zita is a third year Graduation Project, produced and production managed by Alix Nicholson and Samantha Agnew (both final year stage management students). We wanted to create an immersive escape room that students and staff could enjoy together in teams of 4-6 players. This event included lighting, sound, and video, incorporating these technical elements into the challenges. We had cameras and microphones in each room to have a live feed to our control room where we were able to help out the players as they made their way through the 4 rooms.

We decided on the escape room concept during our second year. Once we knew the direction we wanted it to go, we brought in Marcus Lim(2nd year DR student) to help make our ideas a reality.

Working as a team, we were able to brainstorm different games and challenges that eventually made the entire event the success that it was.

This project was a long time in the making, and we are so thankful for all those that helped us along the way” – written by Samantha Agnew to describe the project.

The event was based on the disappearance of Susie Barret. The following description is taken from the eventbrite page where contestants could book to attend:

“Susie Barret was a young girl who always had big dreams. After singing in her church choir and forever making up her own music in her bedroom, she sought after her own big break in the music industry. She used to gig at her favourite bar, San Zita. This is where she met her boyfriend, a fellow artist. They often collaborated together but everyone always preferred Susie’s individual work.

Last year, Susie & Mark went missing after she left her home to meet her friends for a drink. According to statements by her friends, Mark was very jealous of Susie & had just broken up with her. Suspicions then turned to the boyfriend. Both of their whereabouts is unknown.

It has now been 1 year since Susie had first confirmed as a missing person and the case has gone cold

However, recently, an anonymous tip was posted to the home of Ms. Barrett’s parents in a letter that read “My soul was left at Zita’s”. San Zita is known as a place that “unlocked the music in you”, but it has since shut its doors due to being under investigation linked to the case and has been left to crumble.

We are sending you, our elite team of detectives, in to this bar to uncover any evidence linked to Susie Barrett’s case”.

Summer Term Associated Studies

It’s been Associated Studies time again for the last two weeks here at Guildhall, which means our Stage Management first years have been learning lots of skills with other pathways. And other pathways students have been learning about Stage Management with us!

Emily, Tom and Colin electrics

SM first years learning electrics

Some of our other SM’s have been learning about automation…


The students who are learning about Stage Management have been making some fake drinks:

Can you tell what they are?

On Monday, everyone learnt about making a variety of food from Smash Potato, here are their first offerings:

Smash food.jpg

Then on Tuesday there was a Photoshop class, where the group put together menus and posters for a restaurant. Friday afternoon was the Smash Off – the group worked in pairs to put together three course meals, with drinks, to demonstrate the skills they’ve learnt in their prop making classes this week. They also used the menus made in the Photoshop session so everyone knew what they were presenting!

Group 1 – Purée

Group 2 – Pow!

Group 3 – Mein Pony

Group 4 – Smash a Manger


The winner of the Smash Off was Group 2 – Pow! Well done all