Life Update: Exams and A New Job!

Life Update: Exams and A New Job!

I write most of my blog posts a few days in advance (sometimes even a few weeks, if I’m organised, or on a writing roll) and schedule them. This is one of the posts written a fair ways in advance (in fact, I had to come back and edit it when I was offered a job): by the time this goes up on Friday 19th May, I will be almost entirely in exam mode. I hope you’ll forgive the brevity: I’ll be writing about my new job and everything I’m getting to do there once I’ve settled in!!

I have hugely important exams coming up this week and next, and they’ve taken over my consciousness slightly. My entire undergraduate degree rests on the marks of five modules (called “papers” in Cambridge). I chose to write two dissertations, so two of those five are already done, but I have the remaining three to do in the next week and a bit (a three and a half hour exam on the 25th [ie. a week today!!], and two three-hour exams on the 26th and 31st respectively). I would appreciate all the good luck vibes/ well-intentioned thoughts/ prayers to your deity of choice that you would be willing to send my way! Assuming everything goes well, I will then be graduating on 30th June, and beginning my new life as a graduate!

As for beginning my new life: I’ve been offered a job as Metta Theatre‘s Administrator, which I will be starting on 5 June. I’ve had some training and preparation to do, which I’ve been doing in revision breaks through May, and then I start as soon as my exams are over. I couldn’t be more excited about it if I tried, and I will be writing about what I do there on this blog, so I’ll tell you more later, but for now I’ll leave you with this: the company is called Metta Theatre after the concept of meta-theatre (theatre which is self-consciously theatrical) and the Buddhist word “metta”, meaning compassion and loving-kindness. If that doesn’t describe an amazing sounding opportunity, I don’t know what one of those is.

I have already scheduled a post for next Friday – my usual recommendations for theatre in the month ahead (June 2017) – which will also mark one year since I started this blog! Exciting times. After that, my exams, and undergraduate life will be over, and I will begin blogging about my work for Metta, new projects/aspirations and more exciting theatre. I hope you stick around for it: follow the blog if you haven’t already done so!

Emily xxx

Reading Recommendations Page!

Reading Recommendations Page!

This is a post I’ve been thinking about writing for a very long time, and I think it’s very appropriate as a fiftieth post (say what? Yep – you read that correctly, I have written 50 blog posts, published twice a week for several months, and weekly while I am a student and have weekly essays to write too. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!).

It’s also appropriate as something to go up just before I take a two week Christmas break, to focus on a new dissertation to write and spending time with my family! I will be back on Friday 6th of January with more exciting writing of my own, including some new ideas for post types, but as I don’t want you to be without reading material during that time (or in life) I’ve written you a selection of reading recommendations.

They come in all sorts of categories, and are in a page, rather than a blog post, so that you can keep going back to it really easily, as I add to it over time, with other things I find interesting! (To find it, click on the Menu symbol in the right hand corner of the webpage, and it should be underneath the ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ pages. For ease for today, there is a link here.)

I would love to hear your thoughts about the recommendations in the comments, either on this post or on the page, and any further recommendations of books or even categories you think I should add!

Forty Blog Posts (!) and The Future of this Blog…

Forty Blog Posts (!) and The Future of this Blog…

The first thing to say here is that this is my fortieth blog post! I’ve published two posts a week for a whole twenty weeks; four and a half months now, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them! I wasn’t sure where this blog was going to go when I first started it, as a filler for my sudden amount of free time when I finished my exams at the end of May, and I’m couldn’t be happier with how the project has evolved.

I’ve really enjoyed writing, my audience has grown (101 wordpress subscribers, and 9 email subscribers to date) and I’ve learned both from research for writing and from reader responses. Thank you all for making this such a wonderful experience.

Before you panic that this is the end, I absolutely intend to continue writing this blog – I still have a lot to say and projects I want to share, but, as I mentioned last week, I am now back at university for my final year, and I already have at least one, sometimes two 2000-word essay deadlines per week, and sustaining another two weekly writing deadlines is unfeasible for me.

Therefore, my schedule is changing!

Until now, I’ve written a post exclusively publishing advice/thoughts about producing theatre, either very specifically or more broadly, on Mondays at 5pm BST, and an update about current projects on Fridays at 5pm BST. This is going to be reduced to weekly posts on Fridays at 5pm BST (/GMT when the clocks go back), which will be a combination of the two types of post I write. I will try to alternate weeks; one week advice, one week project updates, but this will depend a little on how projects progress. Either way, I’ll still be here!

Eventually, once my final year of studies is over, I may go back to bi-weekly posts, or even a whole different schedule, depending on if I find work, and how that works for me, but I hope you’ll stick around for the journey, which I am really looking forwards to!

Thanks so much for reading for the past twenty weeks, if you’ve been here since the beginning, and welcome, if you’re newer. I hope you continue to enjoy what I write!

I’ll be back on Friday with the final update about my internship with Fuel, which finished on Friday and which was wonderful, and then again the following Friday.

Emily xxx

P.S. I write because I enjoy it, but I want to write things that people want to read, so if you have anything that you’d like me to write about, or any questions about theatre production you’d like me to cover, let me know in the comments or through the contact section of the website!

Welcome! (Some introductions…)

My first blog post, as the title suggests, is an introduction and a welcome. My name is Emily and I’m (amongst other things) an English undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, UK, a choral scholar for Selwyn College Chapel Choir and a student theatre producer. I’ve just finished my Part I (second year) exams, and so I’m doing something I’ve been contemplating for a while…

I’m getting perilously close to joining the real world, as a (hopefully) functional adult contributing to society. I want to become a professional theatre producer, and so, alongside my relatively demanding degree, I’m producing student shows, doing internships and managing other arts and event-related projects, to gain experience and learn skills which will help me along the way.

This blog will document my journey towards becoming a professional theatre producer (I hope!) and provide information to anyone thinking about doing likewise. I would have benefited from knowing more about how producing works a while ago, and I still find that sometimes information about where to go and what to do is difficult to find if you don’t already know the right people, which I don’t. I hope this provides some information for those to whom it may be of use. I’m writing with an audience of anyone who will be in my shoes soon in mind, but my warmest welcome is extended to everyone interested in reading here.

If you want to read about working in theatre production/administration, from a general interest in theatre and wanting to find out more about what happens in the run up to a production, or because this is something you’re considering pursuing professionally, or simply because you want something new to read, I’m delighted to meet you, and I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me.

Obviously all the views expressed will be my own, and not those of any institution or individual I work with/mention/link.

Past Projects:

To get you up to date, so far, I’ve produced five student shows (A Little Night Music, May 2016, ADC Theatre, Cambridge; The Pirates of Penzance, November 2015, Robinson Auditorium, Cambridge; Othello, May 2015, ADC Theatre, Cambridge; Dreaming With Dali, February 2015, Corpus Playroom, Cambridge; L’Escargot, January/February 2015, The Pleasance Theatre, London, and Corpus Playroom, Cambridge), and assistant produced two (Tribes, November 2015, ADC Theatre, Cambridge; The Grand Duke, August 2015, Student International G&S Festival, Harrogate). In addition to this, I treasured the Watersprite International Student Film Festival in March 2016.

Current and Future Projects:

I’m currently treasuring the Newnham College June Event, which will take place on Tuesday 14th June 2016, and am the administrator for The Fisher Consort, a London and Cambridge based choir (for whom I also sing), as well as working in the ADC Theatre Box Office.

This summer I’m a producing intern for Fuel Theatre part time (Wednesday-Friday) for twelve weeks. This is a fantastic opportunity, which I’m incredibly excited about and grateful for. I hope to learn a lot about how a production company works (in the “real world”), what tasks are involved at different stages in the the run up to a production… and I’ll share as much as I can of what I learn here. I’m also producing a show going to the Edinburgh Fringe in August, which you should absolutely go see if you’re there. I can’t give you all the details yet, but they’ll be on this blog as soon as possible!

Next term (and partly over the summer in advance) I will be producing the Marlowe Society‘s annual showcase for graduating students. Around 14 of Cambridge’s best graduating actors will perform a series of monologues and duologues for agents, having been directed by Nicholas Barter (former Principal of RADA) and a team of assistant directors. This will be at the Arts Theatre in London, at 12pm on Friday 18th November.

More to come soon…

As the weeks and months go by, I’ll be telling you much more about the projects I’ve just mentioned, and how they’re progressing! I’ll also go back and tell you about the process for past projects… (In the meantime, you can always read the reviews linked above to get an idea of the sort of things I’ve done so far!)

Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments, like this post and/or follow the blog if you want to hear more. Please do let me know if there’s anything in particular you would like me to cover in the coming weeks or months!

Emily xxx

P.S. I will be posting on Mondays and Fridays for the time being, using Mondays to give general advice about Producing, and Fridays for updates about my projects (and advice based on what I’ve learned). So, I’ll see you on Monday with some tips about Producing as a Student!