Theatre Launch Event
Hi everyone and welcome to a new academic year!
In this post I wanted to tell you a bit about the Theatre department’s launch event which took place last week. It was a great evening with a brilliant atmosphere of community and creativity, and it really made me feel excited for the year ahead!
The event was designed to bring Theatre students and staff together to explore student work and to share information about getting involved with theatre, whether that be as a performer, crew member or audience member. It was also a good opportunity to meet new First Years and catch up with each other after the summer.
During the event, members of the various drama societies introduced themselves and spoke about the projects they’re working on this term such as workshops, upcoming shows and socials. This was really helpful as there can be an overwhelming amount of information circulating at the start of the year, so this gave us the chance to hear from all of the drama societies together. Second and Third Year students also shared their advice and experiences which really created a feeling of supportiveness within the department.
Several students also presented some of their work from last year. Seeing the work of students from the year above me was really interesting and hearing them talk about subjects they were passionate about made me really excited to start studying my chosen modules. I had the opportunity to present one of my First Year essays at the event which meant a lot to me as I shared one of the first essays I wrote as a Warwick student. I’d found the essay very challenging to write at the time so I could never have imagined that I’d be presenting it in front of so many people a year later! It was a great experience that has made me feel more confident in terms of giving presentations and believing in my ideas, and it’s really highlighted to me how encouraging and friendly our department is.
During part of the event, staff from the Warwick Arts Centre talked us through their current programme as well as the projects/roles that students can get involved with. The sense of partnership between the Warwick Arts Centre and the department is a huge advantage when studying Theatre at Warwick – having a professional venue on campus gives you a great opportunity to watch professional theatre, get work experience and perform in a professional space.
As well as talks, performances and drinks, the evening also provided the chance to put forward our ideas for the department which really added to this sense of being part of a creative community – our voices as students are heard and valued which is really important for allowing you to get the most out of your university experience.
The launch was a really exciting event which will hopefully take place on a regular basis and made me feel very lucky to be part of Theatre at Warwick. We may be a small department, but we are powerful, imaginative and welcoming!