Opera Holland Park is a small opera production company that stages 4 shows each summer on their temporary stage at Holland House in Kensington. I joined the company as an intern for three weeks; while they were in the midst of securing artists, stage crew and production team. It was particularly interesting for me, as a Creative Producing for Theatre MA student, to gain access and insight into contracts, interviews and negotiations. The benefits of working with a smaller company are that every department is located within the same office. Communication channels are short and it is easy to keep up with the progress of everyone around. I am able to gain a full insight into the entire workings of the company. My individual tasks included sending out contracts and music sheets, filing returned contracts, chasing up uncompleted documents and updating the database on the on-going progress. Other tasks included researching potential short operas for a specific collaboration project, as well as researching various different theatres and opera houses in Europe for a potential tour of their family opera of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.
Opera Holland Park sets itself apart by making opera accessible to all audiences. They aim to change the perception of opera being prestigious and elite to something that is accessible and for everyone to enjoy. While working at the Opera Holland Park office, I found great interest in the Inspire programme they are running, which is an education program that aims to inspire and encourage all members of the community to experience, discover and actively participate in opera and classical music, developing their taste and knowledge and bringing the art from to as wide an audience as possible. I was very fortunate that I was able to attend one of their quarterly community concerts hosted at the St Cuthberts Church in Kensington. The event was organised by Age UK and as the host of the event explained importance of acknowledging loneliness within a community of elderly, it became clear to me that this valentine’s themed concert was more than just a display of excellent opera music.
This placement is a mandatory part of my course and my placement made me realise the benefits of completing a placement at this point in time. It enables me to make contacts in an industry I am aiming to work in shortly after I graduate and it opens doors at a perfect point in time. The University of Kent bursary scheme helps a great deal, while it is absolutely manageable to commute from Canterbury to London within an hour – it comes at a high price. The financial contribution towards my expenses enabled me to fully enjoy this placement and not worry too much about my bank account.
THE MOVING REVERIE – 2018 London Mime Festival
“It was a full-on, completely practical, full of knowledge week.” – Workshop participant, 2017 London International Mime Festival.
Week-long open workshop THE MOVING REVERIE
January 8th to 12th 2018
10am – 5pm
£250 – £275 for the full course – BOOK A PLACE
To have an idea; to hesitate and stop; to question; to decide; to stop again and doubt; to check… The actor on stage lives through all these different ways of thinking second by second. The challenge is to allow all these inner impulses and ideas to flow into expression and become visible to the audience.
In this week-long workshop designed for professional and semi-professional performers, participants will immerse in Theatre Re’s vital approach to Etienne Decroux’s Corporeal Mime and explore how to give physical shape and theatrical rhythm to these impulses.
Guillaume Pigé is an actor, director, mime and magician. He formed Theatre Re in 2009 and has been directing and performing in all the company’s productions to date. He is also an Associate Teacher at R.A.D.A and is regularly invited to give workshops in the UK and internationally.
There are limited places on the workshop so we recommend booking as soon as you are able to.
BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE
Please note that the Student Projects Grant Scheme will be opening on Monday, with £45,000 of funding available for grants of up to £5,000 per project. The deadline for applications is 16 December and applications are welcome from student groups, departments and schools.
If you are considering staying on to do a PhD in the School of Arts, you are encouraged to come to a PhD Information Event which will take place at
5-6pm on Wednesday 6th December 2017 in Jarman Studio 5, with Maurizio Cinquegrani, School Director of Graduate Studies
The session will cover topics such as
- how to write a good research proposal
- how to find a supervisor
- how to apply for a place on the programme
- how to apply for scholarships and funding
We hope to see you there.
Estelle Rosenfeld is a mixed media and live artist, using puppetry, installation, live art, photography, film and animation.
Estelle is offering 5 individuals work placement opportunities – if this is something you would be interested in, please follow the link for more information:
Voila! Europe, London’s language-barrier-busting theatre festival, is back with multilingual plays from the UK and the continent this autumn!
Bigger and bolder, this non-Brexit-fearing event brings 30 companies to three venues, showcasing the best of what European theatre has to offer!
This year you’ll find shows in French, Greek, Czech, Polish, Italian, and English, as well as plays without words using body language or some mixing multiple languages in one!
The companies are exploring themes of belonging, displacement, climate-change, money, power, identity, discrimination and more, in a variety of genres from comedy, to improvisation, puppetry, dance, documentary theatre, classics and poetry.
Check out the program on www.voilaeuropefestival.com (student discounts apply!)
8-18 November @ The Cockpit, Etcetera Theatre, Applecart arts.
Emily Whitebread is a visual artist based in Margate (an associate of a organisation called Open School East).
Emily is in the final process of writing a script for an exhibition which will take place on the 24th (evening), 25th and 26th November at an undisclosed location in Margate.
Emily is looking for a female actor who she will be able to work with to perform live during the exhibition. The piece is about the exploration of a human tongue and the stomach. It is a monologue and the piece would have to be learnt. Professional experience is not needed but they need to have an interest in the avant-garde and an enthusiasm for experimentation.They would also need to be available for rehearsals before the exhibition (TBD).
Emily says she has worked with actors and acrobats in the past and is very open to collaboration and interpretation. Please look at her website for her CV and examples of previous Work (in particular Cosmic Tissue).
Emily can pay £100 + travel.
An actor (male or female) is needed for an on-campus production of a short film, which will be supported by Kent Filmmakers Society.
The actor will need to portray emotions of anxiety and shock, and all the further details about the story will be revealed at the auditions. The rehearsals will take place at the end of next week.
The shoot is likely to take around 1-2 days during the first two weeks of October.
Please let me know if you’re interested as soon as possible: email@example.com
Attention Year 2 and Post Graduate Drama students!
School of Arts Front of House Staff Required!
We are currently looking for Front of House staff to work as ushers here on University Campus for School of Arts’ performances and events. This is an opportunity for year 2 and postgraduate drama students only. This is a paid role and we also provide training for it. Most of the events will be the Drama assessments that are open to the public that take place towards the end of each term. You will need to be available for the Autumn, Spring and Summer term events. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to see other students’ work as well as some professional work too. In addition to training – which looks great on your CV – it’s also a source of income alongside your studies. We will also supply you with a Polo Shirt.
We will ensure that your shifts do not clash with your timetables and you will get your rota up to 4 weeks in advance. If you are interested, please have a look at the person specification and details on how to apply for this role…
–Must be available for training on Thursday 12st October 2017 between 12pm-2pm in the Aphra Theatre
-Eligible to work in the UK
-Must be available to work evenings and potentially weekends
-Must be friendly and approachable
-Able to problem solve
-Reliable with good time keeping
-Organised and responsible
Deadline for applications is Thursday 5thth October at 5pm. Responses will be sent out on Monday 9th October.
To apply for the job you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org putting in the subject heading “FOH Application” and answering the following questions. Please do not exceed 800 words in total for your answers.
- Why would you like to work as a Front of House usher at the University?
- What makes you suitable for this job?
- .Please give an example of a time you have needed to problem solve. What was the problem, how did you deal with the issue and what was the outcome?
- We would now like to give you an example scenario of a problem you may come across in this job role. Please read the example carefully and explain how you might deal with the problem:The show is about to start and a group of people turn up as you are about to close the doors. The venue is at capacity and you cannot let them in. On telling them this they start to get upset and disruptive. You need to give the Technical Team clearance to start the show and this group of people are refusing to leave, they claim someone in the show is a family member. What do you do?
Upcoming event in the local area:
Gerald Dickens Presents The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Friday 29th September 2017
7:45pm to 9:45pm (Doors 7.00pm)
SPECIAL OFFER- COME IN VICTORIAN DRESS AND RECEIVE A FREE GLASS OF WINE OR SOFT DRINK
Tickets available: http://revelationashford.co.uk/whats-on/gerald-dickens-presents-the-life-and-adventures-of-nicholas-nickleby/