Juliana Stobel – Work Experience Bursary

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

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

PhD Information event: School of Arts

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.

Cuba Scholarship for PG students!

There is a fantastic opportunity for a group of postgraduate students to travel to Cuba next year between April and May 2018 (final dates to be determined) thanks to a philanthropically funded scholarship which covers the cost of flights and a maintenance grant towards accommodation and subsistence. The deadline to apply is Sunday 5 November 2017.

The visit will encompass a series of cultural activities and is a wonderful opportunity to experience the life and culture of this vibrant island.

More information is available here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FNADCUBAEX02

 

Film/Media Opportunity

 

A current postgraduate Law student here at University of Kent needs support with a short project she is working on that involves vlogs, podcasts and video shoots.

The v-log, or podcast, or video would be a way to lead people to go to the blog. It does not have to be very technical or graphic, but professional and well projected would be great.

If any student would be interested in working with Beattie to produce this project, please use her contact details below for more information.

bww3@kent.ac.uk

Apply now for the V&A Theatre and Performance Volunteer Opportunity now 2017/2018

The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance contains the UK’s National Collection of Performing Arts. The collections are vast, covering all areas of live performance – from theatre, opera and ballet, to music hall and musical theatre, circus, puppetry, and rock and pop.

· Departmental activity is divided into collections work (based at Blythe House, Olympia) and exhibitions, events and publications (based at V&A South Kensington).

· Exhibitions-based work includes the development of temporary displays in the Theatre and Performance Galleries at the V&A and a broad programme of special exhibitions, both at the V&A and on tour, and running various special performance-related events.

Voluntary Work Experience Placements and Training

· The Exhibitions side of the Department offers a small number of volunteer and graduate placements for career development, training and research.

· Placements are available in the following areas: Research and interpretation, Exhibition development and Performance events and programming.

· Volunteers have access to professional development training and experience, both at the V&A and at other relevant institutions and organisations in London, such as theatres, museums and other arts institutions.

· Work is varied and rewarding, and allows volunteers to contribute to the work of one of the UK’s flagship cultural institutions.

· The next placements will start on 2 October 2017 and run for approximately six months.(Please note that different projects require different time commitments).

Applications – If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the application form overleaf and then send this to t.applications@vam.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is 17 September 2017.

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Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival Lion King Masterclass

As part of the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival in October, there will be THE LION KING company masterclass.

Join the festival on Friday 13th October at Trinity Theatre at 12:30pm – 2:30pm for exclusive masterclass which will introduce you to the iconic puppetry from Disney’s acclaimed stage musical THE LION KING.

By the end of the masterclass you will have gained an understanding of:

  • Director Julie Taymor’s vision.
  • The influences that inspired the production.
  • The different types of puppetry in the award-winning musical.
  • What it takes to make and maintain the 232 puppets in the production and have met some of the team that is responsible for this.

Members of the company will share their insights into what it is like to perform with the puppets as well as meeting a number of actual puppets from THE LION KING themselves!

Tickets for the masterclass are priced at £5.

While you are at the Theatre, this is also the perfect opportunity to visit THE LION KING exhibition in Trinity Gallery (free). Featuring some of the complete costumes, full-scale puppets and masks along with costume sketches and behind-the-scenes photographs, this fascinating exhibition will bring to life the journey of how the legendary production made the transition from screen to the Broadway stage.

Student Success Event #myblackarts

#myblackarts

Friday 9th June 2017, 2-5pm

Lumley and Aphra Theatres, Grimond Building, University of Kent

An afternoon of talks, workshops and discussions

Organised by Alisha Artry and TD.Moyo in collaboration with the School of Arts

Further info: #myblackarts seeks to explore racial diversity within academia and creative spaces, offering students the opportunity to have their voices heard.

The event will also engage in practical assistance and conversation regarding how students, especially non-White students, can excel in the School of Arts and beyond.

Full programme tbc.

All staff and students are welcome to attend

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided – please RSVP to help with catering numbers Email: L.Brydon@kent.ac.uk

 

 

Lilford Gallery offers 2 work experience placements

Lilford Gallery work experience https://www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints/sponsors/sponsor-profiles/Lilford-gallery.html

The Lilford Gallery are providing two work experience placements (1 day per week, 12 weeks) where the candidate will be involved in art curating, research on artists, sales training, stock and database management and curating for events. There is also the chance that the placements will include trips to artist’s studios.

Please note, this will only be available for students with a strong interest in the arts. Applicants must have reached the prerequisite employability points to apply for these posts. Please go via Employability Points.

The placement will be in either the Canterbury or Folkestone gallery.