Cambridge students get professional theatre training


Love on, I will requite thee. Taming
my wild heart to your loving hand! Here stand a pair of honourable men. This plaintiff here, the
offender, did call me… ass! I beseech you, let it be
remembered in his punishment. The Arts Show is quite famed
throughout Cambridge theatre as the show where you get a whole
professional team in the Arts Theatre and seeing the past productions,
casts and crews they’ve had. You’ve got people like Tom Hiddleston who’s been involved with Marlowe
productions in the past. Tilda Swinton and then there’s a whole
canon of people from the Footlights as well. So without getting too ahead of yourself,
you can see the possibility there of going on and being able to do the thing that
you really want to do, through these small stepping stones that you have at
the University, the opportunities that are here. I suppose a lot of them want
to go to drama school or thinking about a career in the theatre,
so I imagine that they’re curious about what happens in the professional
rehearsal room, how is it different to student drama to amateur dramatics and
getting a taste of it and if they like it they may decide to apply
to drama school and if they don’t they might
decide to do something else. I think you do get so used to putting
on a play in maybe three or four weeks that you kind of forget how much more
can be done when you have this time and it’s been really refreshing to watch
him like finessing different moments. There’s always something else in
a scene that you can eke out and try and find, which
is really difficult but also very rewarding because at the end
of each day you feel like you’ve achieved something or you’ve
found something new in your character. Getting used to the theatre etiquette of
the professional world, like certain terminology or just things
definitely to do and definitely not to do. Just things like that that hopefully
when you start working in the industry then it’s not you’re not so nervous. Everything just feels much more
polished, cleaner, much more professional. I mean we are able to run the play to a
good extent now already and we’ve still got almost two weeks until the play
opens, so that’s kind of really strange and really different to anything you
normally in Cambridge theatre. My heart is exceeding heavy. Mmmm… twill be heavier soon
by the weight of a man! Fie upon thee! Art not ashamed? Of what, lady? My school only put on one musical a year and then when I went to sixth form college
there were no sort of extracurricular shows at all and when you go from that
to coming to Cambridge where there are like upwards of five shows a week. I did quite a lot of drama when I was at school and some stuff outside from the of age
of 13 because it’s always something I’ve really enjoyed and then went
on to study it at A-level. I was kind of umming-and-ahhing,
do I want to go to drama school? Do I take year out and try to perform?
My parents were worried about the economical aspect of that. It’s not
really something that they could finance. Yeah, as were mine. My dad then suggested because
he’s really into the Pythons and stuff that I should come to Cambridge and
I literally laughed in his face the first time he suggest it. I was
like I’m far too thick to go there. But here I am it somehow
happened! Coming to Cambridge I didn’t realise how
much opportunity there was and the number of incredibly talented
hard-working people, creative people who put on some really cool
stuff and so willing to teach what they know as well and what they’ve brought
from other places, even just students. God save the foundation! I was lucky enough over the summer to get qualified
with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, which was amazing. So I’ve
just been helping out a little bit trying to get some of the physical
violence that takes place and even physical comedy, just get
that as neat and as safe and create that illusion to the
to the best extent possible. People constantly tell you to get work experience when you can in the holidays when you’re at uni. When you want to go into drama you
don’t really know what that would be. Like I could go see plays but then this is the
best type of work experience you could get really, in our Christmas holiday we’ve literally
staged a professional production. If it proves so, then loving goes by haps:
Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. I wouldn’t have thought 10 years ago that I
would be anywhere near working on this level, working with these people, I didn’t think
this would be something I’d continue with, I didn’t know I love it so much and
want to pursue it to this extent and I just feel so lucky that I’ve
been cast in this production and get to work with
these amazing people. Nobody thinks you’re a fool for trying
and I know definitely I didn’t audition for a lot of things
like this, some of the touring shows just because I was like I haven’t prepared, I haven’t
given it enough time, I’m not good enough but just because you don’t get cast in
something doesn’t mean you’re terrible or that you should never do anything again. Every single one of us will have
gone for parts we didn’t get. You learn so much from that process. Yeah definitely. Rejection seems like the
hardest thing in the world, it’s not, it’s great. Just keep going and just go for fun things
that look good and spark your interest. I wish your ladyship well.
God restore you to health! Yeah, definitely do it if you can!

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