Putting on a show: a day in the life of a drama student


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Creative Industries
Course: BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature
Category: Music and performing arts

10 May 2022

Being part of a creative process, like putting on a theatre show, can be so much fun. You learn new things, gain memorable experiences and get to create something you can be proud of.

Overall, it’s an extremely rewarding experience, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t hard work. Here's just a taste of what's involved.

Say what?!

The first part of any show, of course, is getting familiar with your script.

One page of a script, with notes and some lines highlighted

The book is always better...

In this case, it's Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Like any project, research is key. Over the course of our production process we’ve had several film screenings and read the original novel to give us some valuable insight.

Detail of a page from the novel, Let the Right One In

Behind every good show is an even better ensemble

Warming up both your body and vocals can make a huge impact on rehearsals. We are all one ensemble. Leading one another develops trust and confidence, and helps to build facilitation skills.

Drama students warming up on a theatre stage

Warm enough yet?

Stretching is the easy part... After the relaxing stretching is when the cardio comes in! Shows take a lot of energy and this is a good way to build stamina, it also brings everyone’s focus into the space.

Group of drama students on a theatre stage, performing sit-ups as part of their warm-up routine

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Being pro-active and working as a team is the only way to make a show fun, run smoothly and most importantly GOOD. We’re also incredibly lucky to have such a remarkable space like the Mumford Theatre.

Group of drama students rehearsing on a theatre stage

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse

Rehearsals are an organic process. In the session pictured below, we decided to focus on individual scenes and sequences to iron out the details.

Group of drama students rehearsing a scene from a play

But I have nothing to wear...!

With our show only a few weeks away, costume shopping is on the top of our to-do list. Can’t forget to look the part.

Drama student Zoe dressed casually, for her part in a stage show

Don’t skip the adverts

Putting on a show isn’t just about the acting. What’s a show without an audience? A lot of time, thought, dedication and creativity is put into marketing the show.

Instagram post promoting a theatre show, Let the Right One In

It takes a village...

We aren’t the only ones hard at work. Our talented, diligent production skills team work super hard to help make our show amazing.

Members of production team helping to construct a theatre set

All of this was simply just one day! Putting on a show, above all else, is about the hard work, time and creativity that you are willing to pour into your craft. As students we are incredibly lucky with the support of the staff, and the resources and dedication that are brought to the theatre every session.

It’s an enriching experience, and one that I will never get tired of.



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