A lot of what I do is project to project based, which is great, as it never loses momentum. It’s always a bit exciting
This Is It! speaks to Georgia about working as an Intern on the Creative Employment Programme at Sadler’s Wells.
What were you doing before you started working at Sadler’s Wells?
I was volunteering at a drama company in Camden. This is a theatre, film and training company that focus on launching young people’s careers in acting. I was working on the writing and producing side of a show with them.
I work across a lot of shows, so I am very lucky in that I get to see a range of shows at different stages.
What was it that interested you most about applying for this position?
It was a really unique in that it was a really good position but also a very well regarded famous company. I think there’s a lot you can learn from working in such a large company and a lot more possibility for progression. So as a first step in to the industry, it was a really good role.
I’ve learnt a lot about budgeting and the influence of the Arts Council, which I think is really important. These I feel are all transferable skills, which can be applied to any kind of theatre.
Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Sadler’s Wells?
I work in the producing and touring department. A large part of my role is administration, but also other jobs that run along side that, like Arts Council support, the logistical side, which is really interesting to see. I work across a lot of shows, so I am very lucky in that I get to see a range of shows at different stages. I see shows at their conception, still in the research and development phases as well as ones that have been fully launched. It’s nice to see the creative bit at the start, how the art discipline, forms and then what happens when they are off the ground. I got to be involved with auditions as well, which was really fun.
I’ve also taken over the touring blog, which is quite exciting. It’s nice to have a mouthpiece to write about Sadler’s Wells and the touring department.
I got to go France where a show was touring, so that was a big plus!
What skills have you learnt so far?
I’ve learnt lots about the research and the preparation that happens before things go on tour. I’ve also learnt a lot about budgeting and the influence of the Arts Council, which I think is really important. These I feel are all transferable skills, which can be applied to any kind of theatre.
It’s been good, as I have worked on one smaller scale show and another that’s the total opposite, so it’s great to see how these things can work within the framework that’s been provided. It’s really good to see the framework of both a small and large budget and how different things operate within it.
I think that a lot of stuff I do, in general it doesn’t really feel like an internship it feels like a job.
Has there been a moment or day that’s been a particular highlight?
I’d probably say the trip to France. I had worked on the show for a few months, so it was really great to go out there and see it. It was great to be there with everyone involved including the dancers and musicians. I also got to meet the tech and wardrobe team and find out a bit about what they do, which was really nice. It was really nice to see what you know on paper but in the flesh.
A lot of what I do is project to project based, which is great, as it never loses momentum. It’s always a bit exciting, even if I have a day, which maybe seems a bit duller because it’s slightly more data based, that project is then done and I move on to the next job.
It’s been really good in that everyone here has been super supportive. It’s very much the emphasis that once people are in the company the company allow them to flourish as much as they can.
Have you faced any challenges during your time here?
I think that a lot of stuff I do, in general it doesn’t really feel like an internship it feels like a job. A lot of the jobs I do seem difficult at first, so it’s a challenge in that sense. For example we had a premiere for one of the tours with about thirty people travelling. It was difficult at first to work out what name is what and things like that. I think you just need to be really organised.
Would you say working here has influenced your future career?
Yes, I would say it has. It’s definitely made me more knowledgeable about what a day-to-day job in theatre is like. Before working here it was difficult to know exactly how it all worked and so it’s made me a lot more knowledgeable about that. I feel a lot more confident that I know what I’m talking about.
It’s been really good in that everyone here has been super supportive. It’s very much the emphasis that once people are in the company the company allow them to flourish as much as they can. It’s not a big company in the sense that you’re a cog; it’s more that they want you to grow and flourish with them.
Can you give any advice to somebody who might be starting a similar role or a placement?
Just to be super friendly to everyone, that can make the biggest difference. Once you’re in the office be really chatty and friendly, it’s a really small thing but I think it makes a huge difference. Then if you want to do different bits of work and get more responsibilities for yourself, you have that connection with people, that’s what it’s all about.
You can find out more about Sadler’s Wells here and more about the Creative Employment Programme here.