The end of the academic year is upon us and what a year it’s been!
We wish our graduating class all the best for their professional careers, keep in touch and let us know what you’re getting up to. And to all returning students – see you in September!
Happy holidays to all!
Here’s a photograph of most of this years graduating students from the Technical Theatre Arts programme.
Last Friday was the award ceremony for the Hazel Sharples Memorial Award. The winner for 2018 was third year Stage Management student – Becky Thornton.
Left to Right: Gill Allen, Programme Leader for BA Production Arts and Head of Stage Management and Costume
Becky Thornton, 3rd year SM student
Jason Barnes, Hazel Sharples Memorial Prize Coordinator
Set up in 1999, the award is in memory of Hazel Sharples, a Stage Manager and Arts Officer who passed away suddenly in 1995. During her career, Hazel worked for the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and National Theatre, as well as chairing the board of the Warehouse Theatre in Croydon. Each year her friends and former colleagues make donations towards the prize for a third year Technical Theatre Arts student at Guildhall, who is voted for by their peers.
Well done Becky!
As part of the second year, all students complete a 6 week allocation outside of their department. For mine, I chose to do electrics which I was put onto for ‘projects’ – a collection of graduation and external projects that this year took over the Milton Court Theatre. This year, projects included an escape room, a puppet show and a dance and video project to name but a few.
I found the whole allocation really eye opening and it was a challenge as I had to learn fast due to the quick pace of events. In the first few projects, I spent the time learning about all the different fixtures and cables along with programming on the desk. When I began to gain confidence, I would occasionally take on the role of production electrician and helping run fit-ups alongside production management. Later on in the process, we then had a few opportunities to have a go at lighting design. I decided to take on this challenge. I started off by designing for one of the graduation projects – A Midsummer Night’s Dream installation. This was a really nice taster into lighting design due to it being an installation in a black box space that I thought went quite well.
In the final week of projects, I found myself lighting designer for a movement and video project that was choreographed and directed by Darren Johnston. This was a huge opportunity for me which I enjoyed even if it came with some challenges. One aspect of this project that I had to account for was the use of a pond on stage (yes a pond!). Even though I was still learning, it was an incredible experience that really tested my knowledge that I’d learnt throughout the allocation.
– By Tash, second year Stage Management student.