Hia guys, I hope you’re not stressing too much with revision or coursework at the moment. Keep focused but take plenty of breaks, you’re nearly there!!
I have been extremely busy the last few weeks in preperation for my final production. I was literally living in a studio with black walls and no window for 12 hours a day. It sounds horrible, and to be honest I did feel myself going slightly crazy at times, but it was one of the most amazing experience I’ve had!
The aim of the module was to create a theatre company, choose an individual role within the company and then devise and perform a welsh medium performance for the public. It sounds really scary and challenging and it was, but now that I’ve done it I can look back and say it was a really good experience for me in theatre terms and also work experience for when I have to do exactly that but not in the safety of the University walls.
I picked Stage Manager as my individual role to the company as I am a little bit of an organisation freak and had an interest in the role as I had never tried it before. My role was to basically book rooms, set out a timetable for the cast and team and also make sure that all the departments were working to their deadlines e.g. costume props. It was quite challenging at times but I really enjoyed making the timetables as I could colour code different days into different colours! No joke, one timetable took me 2 hours to make just because I was having a bit too much fun with the colour coding! I’m weird, I know!
Our play was on the desensitisation of the media on news and current affairs, basially how the media and the press is all around you constantly which makes some people feel numb or has no interest in the matters in the news. As young people we all felt slightly bombarded by the news these days, as there is so much of it, and at the point where we were trying to find a story or a matter that we cared about, the Connecticut shootings happened which shook us all, so we intertwined that with the theme of desensitisation. Confusing, but very interesting! To enhance this theme of the media bombarding people, our set was basically hundreds of sheets of newspapers stuck on the wall which took us half a day to put up! Also we painted our own childish pictures to put on the wall to symbolise the theme of innocence which was also part of our performance.
Our lecturer was so helpful and was always ready to give us feedback whilst we were rehearsing. That’s one thing that i have been lucky with on my course is supportive lecturers. It definitely helps that there are only 9 on my course as I study Drama through the medium of welsh, so that the lecturers are always on hand to give us advice and support.
As you can see below we performed with masks which was great fun, and also music played a huge part in our performance as we wanted to intergrate everyone’s talents into the performance. We had one of the cast playing the guitar, others singing and myself playing the piano.
The performance was greatly received by many renouned names in welsh theatre, one even said if he had funding he would take the performance on tour!! The brilliant feedback was a huge relief for us as a company after we had put our all into it for so many months! It just shows, if you really put your mind to something and try your hardest you can achieve anything!
Stay tuned on more of my drama experiences next week! Sian.