Production Management

In January we posted a blog about third year Stage Management student Tash Holdaway’s experience of designing the lighting for Autumn Opera Scenes for her Graduation Project. This term, Tash has been working as the Production Manager for our new writing production, Towers.

Tash is on a one-woman mission this year to work in as wide a variety of departments as possible, so that she can gain a range of different experiences – in addition to PM on Towers and Lighting Designer for Autumn Opera Scenes, Tash was also DSM for Mercury Fur and will Stage Manage next terms Opera Double Bill. She is currently on her work placement at the Almeida Theatre.


Tash had this to say about her Production Management allocation:

“For my final year at Guildhall, I wanted to gain as much experience in a variety of departments. This led me to become Production Manager on Towers, a devised piece created by the director, Ameera Conrad, and the company. Throughout, this process was incredibly valuable to my future and threw up a lot of different scenarios due to the nature of the piece. At the start of the allocation, I had a clear vision on where we would take the set, designed by Susannah Henry. Although a seemingly simple set from the outside, there were many intricacies along the way. Not only did I learn a lot through cross department learning and learning from my peers, I was able to learn a lot from the process in the rehearsal room. As the Production Manager, I kept in contact with the Stage Management team and had various catch up discussions with Ameera to see how they were getting along. Not only has the show given me better technical knowledge, I now have a clear picture on how the rest of the departments work alongside my role”.

Whole School Undergraduate Open Day

Booking is now open for our Whole School Open Day on Sunday 24th March, from 10am to 4pm. This is for all undergraduate programmes at the school.

This is an opportunity to visit the school and have a look at all of the undergraduate programmes on offer – as well as BA Production Arts (Stage Management, Costume, Design Realisation or Theatre Technology pathways) and BA Video Design for Live Performance, information will also be available on BMus programmes, BA Acting and BA Performance and Creative Enterprise.

There will be staff and current students on hand to answer questions about the programmes and all aspects of student life, including accommodation and funding. There will also be demonstrations, talks, workshops and performances throughout the day for you to drop in to.

Go here to book your place on this Open Day. We’re looking forward to meeting people there!

Group Presentations 2019

Today’s the day that the first year’s show their Group Presentations. This involves all of the Production Arts department first year students from all pathways to work together to present work on a common theme. This year the theme is The Seasons.


We started with Spring. Their stimulus was the painting A Breath of Spring by Zou FuLei and I Am the Resurrection by The Stone Roses. This team had made T-shirts for their team members with Spring It On stenciled on the back.


Then we moved to Summer and the memories of a New York Police Officer of when he was a boy in the 1960’s. They’d put together a story that was based on their stimulus – a photograph of a fire hydrant being set off in 1960’s American summer and Heatwave and Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandella’s.

The Summer team also took us to a 60’s jazz bar on a hot summer’s evening…


For Autumn we looked at all the different things that happen during the season – bonfires, pumpkins, Halloween and Remembrance Day. Their stimulus was the painting Autumn Leaves by John Everett Millais and the music The Autumn Stone by The Small Faces.


The final group showed us Winter – inspired by J.M.W Turner’s Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth and Endtroducing by DJ Shadow. We went onto the deck of a boat and were treated to the interactive element of sea spray and indoor snow!


Well done to all four groups!