Production Arts Open Day

We’re having an Open Day at Guildhall School for the Production Arts department on Thursday 8th November.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our BA Production Arts (previously BA Technical Theatre Arts) or BA Video Design for Live Performance programmes, come along to meet staff and current students, have a look around our buildings and pick up information on the programmes and pathways we offer. You can book your place here.

Milton Court

Look forward to meeting you!

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Tonight’s the final performance of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot in the Milton Court Theatre.

Chloe S, rehearsal room

Shot from the DSM desk during rehearsals

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play is set in a court in Purgatory, which is deliberating over the ultimate fate of Judas Iscariot. This production has been directed by Wyn Jones and designed by Libby Watson. Student’s from the Theatre Technology pathway have also designed the lighting and sound, Lewis Hannaby and Ben Hagle respectively.

The Stage Management team is comprised of five students, Juliet Hague (SM), Chloe Siller (DSM), Georgia Dacey, Jenn Shahid and Matt Hockley (ASM’s). They have also been supported by Chloe Hardy in her role as Props Supervisor. This production included a lot of research into perspex – as all of the furniture was made from it. The team also needed to research whether spinning tops work on carpet…


…some shots from the teams props spread…


…ASM Matt trying on some headphones he’d made for the production…


Juliet also took part in a podcast with two members of the cast, you can listen below

TheatreCraft 2018


This year’s TheatreCraft event will take place on Monday 19th November at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London. The event is a chance for people aged 16-30 and who are interested in an off stage career within theatre to meet with drama schools and industry organisations.

Guildhall will be at the event with information on all of the pathways we offer within the BA Production Arts programme (Stage Management, Costume, Theatre Technology and Design Realisation), our BA in Video Design for Live Performance and the MA in Collaborative Theatre Production and Design.

For more information or to register for a place, visit the TheatreCraft website.

Mercury Fur

Tonight is the final performance of Mercury Fur in the Milton Court Studio.

Warm up

SM team warm up before their props spread

Written by Philip Ridley, the play is set in a flat in a dystopian, derelict estate in London. Two brothers plan parties where they and their guests can live out their fantasies but once events start to spiral, they have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to save the people they love.

Our production has been directed by John Haidar, with costume and set designs by Frankie Bradshaw. Two students from the Theatre Technology pathway are lighting and sound designers, Liam Strong and Daniel Barnicott respectively.

The Stage Management team is a team of four, Meg Carey (SM), Tash Holdaway (DSM), Luke Mason and Hope Marshall (ASM’s), as well as support from Chloe Hardy as Props Supervisor. They have had lots of challenging props to make and find, including lots of fake blood, a child’s tricycle, retracting syringes and a washing machine, not to mention the flats toilet being broken in rehearsals!

The team had so much blood in the production, that a special blood session had to be scheduled during the rehearsal process to work out how to use it and how much would be needed.

Here are some highlights from the teams Props Spread

And Halloween came early to the Milton Court running room

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Well done all!

Happy SM Day!

Today is International Stage Management Day, which is arranged by the Stage Management Association. It’s a day to show appreciation for Stage Management teams around the world who always ensure that the show goes on. You can have a look for the day on social media using #StageMgrs18

We’ve been posting student photos on our Instagram today of what stage management things they’ve been up to across the school – as well as some photos of stage management students working in other departments, they’re a multi talented bunch!

Here are some of our highlights from today:

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Jonas from Theatre Technology offering us donuts to celebrate


Every Stage Manager loves a post it note!

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We received a lovely Stage Management Day gift from an SM who’s been working at the Barbican and couldn’t fit all her stationery in her bag to return to Australia – thanks!

Cosi collage

Cosi fan Tutte is in rehearsals – Colin got very excited over some prop bags and May has quite the selection of glasses for the production designer to choose from

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Mercury Fur is in technical rehearsals – Luke and Hope (ASM’s) are busy checking and double checking their props

The first years have been learning about making blood bags


SM and Costume students have been taking IPAF training over the last few weekends

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is in rehearsals and has also started fit up onstage

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Sophie is clearly delighted with her role as PA for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot – the team have been testing how spinning tops work on carpet and how flammable that carpet is too!

And last but not least, our first years have been learning how to make blood bags and on a visit to Farley Prop Hire today.

One of our second year students, Tom, is currently working with the Costume department and has been busy making sure that all the costume is flame proof as the production involves a LOT of candles.

The stage manager, Juliet, and members of the cast from The Last Days of Judas Iscariot were interviewed by the Marketing department about the show. You can watch it below

Happy Stage Management Day all!