First Week Back


1 week gone already!

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Welcoming back the Production Arts department

Our first years have been settling in and attending all sorts of induction sessions to get to know the school. In the Stage Management department, we played some memory games with trays of props as an ice breaker.

Everyone also attended the Stage Management and Costume department meet and greet session on Wednesday evening

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First, second and third year Stage Management and Costume students getting to know each other

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Stage Management and Costume 2019-20 class photo

Red Velvet and The Wheel are both in rehearsal and the teams are busy with mark ups and propping.

A great first week back by the looks of things!


Welcome Back!

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Go! on another busy year at Guildhall. Welcome back to returning students and welcome to our new first year students. We’re already in rehearsals for Red Velvet, the first production of this year.

Important dates for the diary this term include:

October: Red Velvet will open in the Milton Court Studio on Monday 14th, with The Wheel hot on its heels, opening on Monday 21st in the Milton Court Theatre. Other going’s on include Stage Management Day on Thursday 10th, organised by the Stage Management Association and the UK Theatre Awards will be taking place on Sunday 27th.

November: our first opera of the year, La Fedeltà Premiata, will open in the Silk Street Theatre on Monday 4th. Autumn Opera Scenes will then open in the Milton Court Studio on Thursday 28th. Our final production of the term, Provok’d, will then open in the Silk Street Theatre on Friday 29th. Our graduation ceremony will take place on Friday 1st and we have our Production Arts department Open Day on Thursday 7th. Guildhall will be attending TheatreCraft on 11th November at the Royal Opera House, an event for 16-30 year olds who want to work in theatre but not be onstage as a performer. And November will be rounded off by Love Theatre Day on Wednesday 20th.

Our first year students will be taking part in classes including Photoshop, cueing to music, marking up, amongst others. They will also be visiting theatres and hire houses all over London. Keep checking back for posts about what they’re getting up to.

Term ends on Friday 6th December – and everyone will be very ready for a nap by then!

Summer Holidays

Summer holiday

Today is the end of the academic year! It’s gone so quickly and we’ve managed to pack so much into it. Returning students – have a lovely summer and see you in September for more productions.

To our third years – don’t forget to keep in touch and let us know what you’re getting up to. All the best for your professional careers, wherever they may take you next.

Happy summer holidays all!

Summer School

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Want to join us for our Stage Management Summer School? This year we’ll be running Stage Management Skills as follows:

  • Course 1 – Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July
  • Course 2 – Monday 22 July – Friday 26 July

The Stage Managing Opera course will also take place on Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 July.

You must be 16+ to apply to the Summer Schools and there are also courses in Costume, Scenic Art, Lighting, Sound, Prop Making and Projection Mapping. Go here for more information and to book for all courses. Or visit the Short Courses Facebook page here.

Final Call…

…for the final Production Arts Open Day of this academic year.


Open Day will take place tomorrow, Thursday 6th June between 11am and 5pm. Registration begins at 10:30am.

Come along and see us for information about the programmes we run – BA (Hons) Production Arts (Stage Management, Costume, Theatre Technology and Design Realisation pathways), BA (Hons) Video Design for Live Performance and MA Collaborative Theatre Production & Design. There will also be information available on funding, student life, tours of both buildings and a chance to see our Graduate Exhibition and what this year’s graduating class are displaying. Members of staff and current students of all programmes will be on hand to discuss course information and general queries.

Go here to book your place.

Graduate Exhibition 2019


Graduate Exhibition 2018

Joining us for our Graduate Exhibition?

It’s the end of year showcase for our final year students across the Production Arts Department. Each student will be exhibiting work they’re particularly proud of from their three years with us – prompt copies, graduation projects, props, costume, scenic elements, lighting, sound and video designs that have been used on our operas, dramas and musicals across the last 3 years.

The event will be taking place in Milton Court at the following times:

Wednesday 5 June, 12pm–7pm
Thursday 6 June, 11am–5pm (also our Production Arts Open Day)

Scenic Artistry

Second year Eli has been working with the Scenic Art department for the first half of this term on her allocation – they’ve been working on the Opera Double Bill.

Eli had this to say about her time in Scenic Art;

“I’ve had a really good time in scenic art! I’ve been painting the set for the Double Bill Opera. Venus and Adonis is set in a swamp shack, so there’s been a lot of: rust effects; cracked paint effects; and moss. I’ve learnt loads of new skills that will be helpful as an ASM if I ever need to break down and age furniture pieces”.

The Apothecary

Step into the Apothecary and see what there is to learn about their pills and potions.

This display is Lauren’s graduation project and was also part of the work that went towards Guildhall Live Events Beasts of London project.

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Lauren had put together a cabinet of curiosities, including lots of pills, potions and herbs. The skeleton also added a lovely macabre touch. The fizzing potions were created with steralisation tablets.


At the very end of Spring Term, the TV Studio was converted into a forge for Tamsin’s graduation project.

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One of Tamsin’s hobbies outside of Guildhall is blacksmithing, so she wanted to show us how it’s done.

She had 3 areas to the project, the waiting area where guests were asked to put on forge aprons, then once through the gate you were into the forge itself – where Tamsin talked through the history of blacksmithing and demonstrated some tools and techniques.

The third area showed all of the research that Tamsin had done before and during the project, including some items she had forged herself and anvils she had created.