Hello guys, hope you’re all getting in the Christmas-y mood? This week has been a very exciting week for me as I have bought my advent calendar which means as a chocaholic I’m in heaven, eating a chocolate as I get out of bed every day! Also we as a house have been trying to organise a day where we are all free to have a mock up Christmas Day together consisting of Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, a trip to Winter Wonderland, exchanging Secret Santa presents and probably resulting in us all on the sofa eating a lot of chocolates and watching a DVD! But we are finding this quite problematic as everyone is so busy this time of the year. However, we are determined to find a few hours some day as we haven’t had the chance to spend a lot of time together as a house recently what with deadlines looming and part time jobs!
On the academic side it has also been a busy week because last week my coursemates and I were invited to two days of rehearsals with Theatr Genedlaethol (a national theatre for Wales through the medium of welsh) who wants our help to perform in a performance they are doing in Aberystwyth about the first protest of the Welsh Language Society – ‘Y Bont’. This was a very good experience as we got to meet and work with quite established directors and performers of the industry. We also met a lot of new students as there were students from Aberystwyth and Trinity University there too. As a student studying through the medium of welsh at Glamorgan, in my opinion you get a few more special experiences like this as we are such a little group so then they can take us out and go and see a few performances like we did when we went to Stratford or get the chance to be part of a brilliant project like ‘Y Bont’ where there are expected to be around 500 spectators. With a slightly bigger group this may not happen so often. So if you can speak welsh, I would seriously consider the welsh medium courses at Glamorgan.
Also as I am doing a placement module this year, I went on a 3 day placement to Tinopolis TV Company, and really enjoyed. It was a nice break from theatre and this placement has definitely made me even more determined to get a job in TV. I got to go into the control room where the director and PA watch the live programme and if need to, talk to the presenters or camera men through their head-pieces. It was fascinating to watch how the presenters could listen to the commands of their director through the head-piece, still keep the conversation going in the interview with their guest of the programme and also remember what they were doing next. Presenting is certainly a major case of multi-tasking, but would love to try it one day! As I said a few weeks ago in my blog, every experience is a good one and this one was certainly worthwhile, so get yourself out there because as one presenter told me, ‘they won’t come looking for you, YOU have to hassle them!’. And that to me sums up any industry that you are thinking of getting into or any university. Do the research and show that you are keen and you’re halfway there!
Hope you have a great week. Photos of my Christmas Day (student style) will be up next week, hopefully!
Take care, Sian.