As most of my blogs have been mainly informative and hopefully helpful, I thought I would write a blog post about what a third-year drama student gets up to during a typical week. Life as a third year isn’t easy at all, but it’s the balance of work and play that keeps you sane during the dissertation season!
Just another manic Monday… okay, my Mondays aren’t actually that manic if I’m honest.
This semester I have been blessed with the wonderful 6:15 PM – 9.15 PM lecture (blessed was meant sarcastically). I normally spend my Mondays catching up with uni work before I have my evening lecture ‘New Voices in British Theatre’.
Even though it’s an evening lecture it’s really interesting learning about new playwrights in Britain and what’s new on stage today! Monday night also (occasionally) means a night out with my friends which is much needed after such a late lecture!
Youth Theatre Tuesday… every Tuesday (unless it’s a half term or school holiday) myself and two other third year Drama and Performance students take the train to Great Malvern to run two youth theatre sessions. The first session we run is a 45-minute session with
The first session we run is a 45 minute session with 5-7-year-old’s, we are currently working on their end of term performance of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ which is lots of fun and the children really seem to enjoy themselves. The second session is with 12-18 year old’s and similarly we are working towards their end of term performance which is based on the different story types, eg. Tragedy, Comedy, A Quest, Rags to Riches etc. Directing is something I haven’t really done over the last three years as I normally choose to take on the role as a Stage Manager more so than Directing. It’s been challenging but definitely a good learning experience.
Wednesday… my Wednesday is different every single week and that’s down to my Site Specific lecture and Loco’s Socials… The Site Specific module is all about different spaces and places to perform and learning how to create performances for a certain place. This week we’re off to Great Malvern and the following week we’re off to Spetchley House. It’s great going to different places and thinking about how we can create theatre out and about! Social night is different every week like my lecture and it can range from Disney and Charity Shop to Crawl of Duty and Superheros. Socials are always good fun and it’s good to spend time with my fellow Loconians outside of rehearsals!
It’s great going to different places and thinking about how we can create theatre out and about! Social night is different every week like my lecture and it can range from Disney and Charity Shop to Crawl of Duty and Superheros. Socials are always good fun and it’s good to spend time with my fellow Loconians outside of rehearsals!
Thursday… Usually a day to recover from the Loco social; a lie in, lots of cups of tea and chocolate! I also tend to catch up with my uni work on Thursday which may include rehearsals for my assessments or helping out with my fellow drama students’ dissy performances or their final major performance (last week I found myself in the recording studio on St John’s which I had never ever been in)!
Outreach Recruitment Ambassador is another one of my jobs for the University which I think I have mentioned before and I occasionally ask to work Thursdays out of any other day to travel to schools to represent the University. It’s a great job and really fun getting out of Worcester and into various schools and colleges to represent our university and recruit prospective students!
TGIF! Friday for me is an early start with my Theatre in Education lecture taking place 9.15 AM – 1.15 PM. I love early starts though, I am definitely a morning person! TIE (Theatre in Education) is one of my favourite modules that I have done over the last three years, mainly because I want to become a teacher but also because I have worked for the University as part of a Theatre in Eduaction company.
We toured a production called ‘Move On Up’ to year 6’s in Worcestershire about moving up to Secondary School. The tour lasted four weeks and because of how well received it was, we have been lucky enough to have been asked to do another four weeks this June, which is very exciting! Being Stage Manager of Loco means the occasional Friday night I am in rehearsals making notes on staging, set and props! Oh, and sometimes on a Friday night you can catch me in the SU on karaoke! Not that you would want to… haha.
Being Stage Manager of Loco means the occasional Friday night I am in rehearsals making notes on staging, set and props! Oh, and sometimes on a Friday night you can catch me in the SU on karaoke! Not that you would want to… haha.
I live for my weekends after a busy, tiring week of lectures, socials and general uni work! I do however, spend my weekends doing a bit of uni work but mainly with my boyfriend who is also a third year student here. We make sure we have a few hours aside of watching DVDs and eating cookies to de-stress after a week of dissy writing and lectures!
What do you find yourself doing in a typical week? Anything similar or majorly different to me? Let me know by commenting below…