The beginning of 2018 feels like such a long time ago – so much has happened! I began the year assistant directing ‘Port’ by Simon Stephens at uni. This was an amazing experience working with a whole new group of people and learning so much about collaborating with designers and describing the atmosphere that I want to create on stage.
Then, of course, in the summer Theatre of Minds produced ‘buckets’ by Adam Barnard and raised money for Young Minds. It was amazing to see the company growing and developing through this project; in practical things like the set and use of projection, as well as more subtle things like maturing of the actors. Corresponding with writer, director Adam Barnard really added to the excitement around the piece and playing to the strengths of the actors and using live music in the performance helped us to create something fresh and lively. You can watch the performance, listen to the live music or take a look at production images on the buckets page of the blog.
Without taking a breath I headed into my third year of uni in Leeds after buckets and directed ‘Proof’ by Adam Barnard in November. Through the rehearsals this term I have brought together everything I have learnt in the last few years and thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. Proof was much less physical than the pieces I have created with Theatre of Minds, although we created musical transitions based around non-verbal depictions of the relationships, so it gave me the chance to focus on creating natural characters on stage. The beautifully written piece combined three things that I am most passionate about in the world: maths, theatre and encouraging conversation about mental illness, and I has the best time directing it.
And those are just the productions I’ve directed on! I’ve seen so much theatre this year (a new years resolution ticked off) and managed to spend some time working on my degree as well! I have definitely had the happiest year I have had in awhile and I’m ending the year looking forward to what comes next. I’m excited to work on new things with new people and to develop more as a person and as a theatre-maker. 2018 has had many things to make me proud of everyone around me. No matter what your 2018 has been like – look forward to your 2019, take each day as it comes and be someone you would admire.
Happy New Year! xxx