Reps 2020

Today is the strike day for the 2020 Reps season, which this year saw Gut and The Royale playing in the Milton Court Studio.

Here is a video of director, Ameera Conrad, and cast members of The Royale talking about their experiences with the play

 

And a short video of cast members of Gut, Costume Supervisor, Andras Jacobs, and DSM, Hope Marshall, talking about their roles

Spring Associated Studies

Our first years have just completed their first two weeks of Associated Studies! This is an element of the course where students take classes in different pathways in order to make sure they have a broad knowledge base.

We’ve had students from Design Realisation, Theatre Technology and Costume trying their hands at being Stage Managers this week – we’ve covered topics such as mark ups, cuing to music, Photoshop skills, propping, making fake food and drinks and visits to the fabulous Farley’s hire house and our own School stores.

The week culminates in the Smash Off – a competition between pairs as to who can produce the best meal made entirely out of Smash potato. This term’s competitors were…

…Kebab Kueens who wanted to make the type of food you really want after a night out – their presentation was cheesy garlic bread, chicken nuggets and chips and warm cookies…

…the Uptown Smash boys made us paprika garlic bread, lasagne and a trio of ice creams…

…Secretos de Espana presented us with a tapas selection – olives, patatas bravas and bread, followed by a bowl of paella, with churros and chocolate dipping sauce for dessert. All washed down with a jug of sangria…

…and finally the ladies from the Stag & Parker presented us with a chicken liver pate, with caramelised onion chutney and bread, followed by their steak and ale pie with vegetables and a trio of ice creams to finish. This was served with a selection of drinks.

Well done to all of the teams – this terms winner was the Stag & Parker team!


Elsewhere, the Stage Management first year’s have been taking part in classes in all sorts of other disciplines.

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Spring Term 2020

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Happy new year! The theatre spaces are ready to go – welcome back for Spring term at Guildhall.

Lots going on this term, some dates for the diary include:

January – our Rep season is already in rehearsals, Gut and The Royale started work last Thursday. Earthquakes in London begins rehearsals this morning, with this terms opera The Angel Esmeralda starting rehearsals on Monday 13th. The month ends with the opening night for Gut in the Milton Court Studio on Friday 31st.

February – The Royale will open in the Milton Court Studio on Monday 3rd. Earthquakes in London opens in Milton Court Theatre on Monday 10th, followed by The Angel Esmeralda in Silk Street Theatre on Monday 24th. We will also start rehearsals for Spring Opera Scenes on Thursday 13th and Antigone on Monday 24th.

March – Spring Opera Scenes will open on Thursday 19th in the Milton Court Studio and Antigone opens on Friday 20th in Silk Street Theatre. Term ends for the Easter break on Friday 27th.

The first years also have a full term, with two weeks of Associated Studies to begin with and Stage Management projects including the Market Activity, Photoshop project and visits to the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne. They also have the Group Presentation project – we can’t wait to find out this year’s theme!

We’ve also got Stage Management interviews for next academic year in March – all the best to all who are coming for interviews.

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.

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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.