I first heard about Pentabus through a friend in Shropshire. She highly recommended the company having seen lots of their work in All Stretton Village Hall and put me in touch about getting some work experience. I am originally from Oxford and prior to this week I knew very little about Rural Theatre. My time at Pentabus has therefore been an amazing opportunity to learn about some of the different ways this exciting work is produced.
My five days at Pentabus fell during the last week of rehearsals for their spring production, As The Crow Flies. This was exciting as it meant I was able to meet the cast and crew of the play and was given numerous tasks in relation to this. One of these included assisting with prop making. I was tasked to design a certificate using the graphics program Canva. I was given free artistic license on the design and enjoyed learning how the program worked and all the different tools available. I also made a hand written letter and some presentation cards. On my final day I was lucky enough to watch a run of the play- and see my props put to use! Throughout the week I was also given marketing tasks such as working on the company database, using mail merge, Excel and Audience Finder, all very useful for future arts jobs.
Another highlight of the week was speaking individually to the different members of the Pentabus team. As a recent drama graduate, looking to pursue a career in theatre, being given the opportunity to speak to a range of working professionals was so valuable and something I certainly will take away with me. Pentabus were kind enough to bring in a previous intern who has since gone on to set up his own theatre company. It was amazing to hear his journey as an artist and I received some very useful tips on how to (hopefully) set up my own company in the future.
Thanks for having me.