“This week I have been lucky enough to be on a work experience placement with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. I am very interested in theatre and drama which is why I chose to do my placement with YTAS. I have been a part of Captivate Theatre since I was 10 and have appeared in many of their performances, including shows in the Fringe. As a result of being on stage a lot, I wanted to find out more about different aspects of the theatre that maybe I hadn’t experienced before in order to get a feel for different jobs within the industry to give me new ideas for possible careers as I have no idea what I want to do after school.
Throughout the week I have undertaken several jobs in order to find out how a festival is run! There are so many different aspects which need to be brought together so that the event can run smoothly. I started off my week in the office in Summerhall where the YTAS team work and organise everything which was interesting to see as that was a completely new environment for me. I have also been posting on my social media to help advertise Chrysalis and show people what’s going on at the festival because it’s such an important part of getting people to come to events.
Putting up posters and decorating the venue is another role I have undertaken to make sure there is Chrysalis everywhere you look! The posters needed to be shown off, make the Traverse look nice and give the bar some atmosphere! I have also enjoyed working front of house for the morning: ripping tickets and handing out programmes.
I was lucky enough to be able to see all of the shows professionally performed by the talented young companies at Chrysalis: ‘There is a Globe Stuck in my Throat‘; ‘Shaking the Habitual‘; ‘147Hz Can’t Pass‘; ‘NOISE‘ and Emergence. Each performance was unique but they were similar in that they all explored an issue or political topic.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with YTAS as I feel I have learned so much but also got to enjoy some brilliant entertainment at the same time! I’ve learned more about what the adult working environment is like in an office where I got to experience my first meeting. Even though I didn’t do most of their tasks, I feel I have learned about each of the people behind the scenes, their jobs and what they all involve which is very helpful as that’s what I wanted to find out going into this experience.
Another bonus of working with YTAS during this time is getting to see all of the young company’s work and how they interact with each other as well as the drama games they do during workshops because they have inspired me to be more creative when I am doing my own drama and look at things from a different perspective to make more interesting theatre.”