Work Experience Week
by Jasmine Holland
From the 6th of July 2015, I have spent a week doing work experience at Pentabus Theatre Company, and time has flown by so fast.
I can honestly say I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had a great time and an amazing experience, because I have learned so much in just 5 days, and still thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Everyone here is so friendly and the atmosphere is so laid back because you instantly feel as if you fit in and can get work done without any pressure whatsoever. From the day we started (Tadhg and I), we got stuck in straight away, from script reading to software editing and research. It felt great to know we were helping out just by doing a few jobs here and there in preparation for this summer’s play ‘The Lone Pine Club’, which so far is pulling together nicely and looks so much fun.
Before I came to Pentabus, I hadn’t realised how much hard work, preparation and cooperation goes in to putting on a play, whether it’s practicing and performing or the team behind the scenes. From a work experience students point of view you get to see that and appreciate it all so much more.
This week we’ve got really stuck in, from doing research on schools, clubs and blogs, to editing clips for marketing, over to full hand on experience in making props, and every so often fixing them…
I really do hope that every single performance they put on throughout the summer goes fantastically, whether I manage to see it or not. I also hope they can put on many more shows around the UK just like this one, because they are so well thought out and are so enjoyable too.
I didn’t know about any of their plays before, but I was easily persuaded to go and watch one and I’m really excited to see ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ because it sounds amazing.
I’m really grateful that I was given this experience by the Pentabus team (and thank goodness they were all so easy to get along with), but also a big thank you goes to Crayg Ward for showing me how everything works and basically mentoring us through it.
It’s a shame this was over in just 5 days, but I do hope I see everyone again even if I live quite far away, but it is well worth the trip. So to anyone thinking of doing work experience here, I would recommend it in a heartbeat.
Thank you Pentabus for this fantastic week and good luck for the show,