Published on 15 December 2014
For the past fortnight, I’ve been working here at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool on a work experience placement, organised by my senior school and I can honestly say it’s been the most amazing two weeks of my 2014.
Below is a short taster of some of the things I got up to on my placement:
A variety show for the elderly once a month, hosted by the Royal Court’s very own Sam, I was allowed to sit and watch the matinee with the 200+ audience members who loyally attend the performance singing and laughing along with a Frank Sinatra tribute act and comedian.
I attended many meetings including one in St George’s Hall, planning events to be held across the area including fancy dress competitions and treasure hunts
Helping out back stage, behind the scenes of “YNWA The official history of LFC”. This is where I had the most fun Meeting the performers, helping with props and costumes and chatting to the staff that make amazing shows like YNWA possible.
Contacting theatres across the country, to send programmes dating back to the 1960’s to and from the Royal Court
I was treated to a mini heritage tour around the building, where I was shown back stage and was allowed to look at all the original art deco features of the building
Kept up to speed on the development of the theatre, with all the upcoming plans to refurbish the building creating a better experience for all theatre goers.
From the first day I learned so much, from how to photocopy, communication skills, archiving old theatre programmes and posters and even how to make a “proper coffee”. Every day here, has been filled with sometimes daunting but always exciting challenges for me to face and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience work in such a great company with the chattiest staff, friendliest atmosphere and world’s cutest west highland terrier, Kelty who sits sleepily in the office most days.
There hasn’t been a boring moment; with so many people to meet and so many jobs to do I’ve been kept thoroughly busy and well entertained during my short time here. One day I wish to return, whether that is in an office, behind the scenes of an upcoming show or preferably on the stage!!
I would love to thank everyone who has been a part of my experience here at the theatre including: Jess, Iain, Jamie, Kevin, Sam, Louise, Miriam, Gill, Caitlyn, Lily, Jenny, Katie, Matt, Shaun, John (who was there 24/7 during my two weeks) and most of all Stacey, who looked after me whilst here at the Royal Court and never failed to help me out in a tricky situation.
For all of those experiences, people and not forgetting west highland terriers that have made these past two weeks seriously unforgettable, I am more than grateful.