3 August 2017
Author: Isaac Munn
I can safely say my work experience at The Place has been incredibly valuable to me. I’ve been able to take an organization I already knew about and explore it in further detail, finding about all the different departments and meeting the people who work behind the scenes to create an outstanding place for dance and performance.
My week of work experience took me to almost every department in the building and gave me the chance to inquisitively discover for myself how an organization such as The Place operates. This involved meeting with members of each department, asking them questions to find out about their jobs, and then having a go at various tasks that gave me insight into their various roles within The Place.
Throughout the week I was allocated time to observe the degree student classes that were taking place, as a dancer myself this gave me really valuable knowledge into what I could be doing to raise my own standards and how I could hope to develop in time with my own training. I was also taken to see the rehearsal for a show in development called “Maps”. Watching a show in the early stage of development showed me the creative process that goes into making a show as well as the technical side of the production. We also had the chance to meet the performers who were very friendly and welcomed our feedback on the show.
The practical tasks given to me ranged from doing research into trending circus companies to developing ideas for workshops. What was common to all of these was the feeling that you were actually contributing to The Place as the staff explained how much all of these tasks actually needed to be done. The tasks also allowed me to find the areas I would feel more comfortable working in if I was to work in this kind of environment in the future and also showed me where my skills were and what groups of people I clicked with.
My most memorable moment of the past week has been my work as an usher for an outdoor show at the British Library. A large part of the experience was standing in the sun on a scorching hot summer’s day but more than any of the other work I did in The Place I really felt like I was really involved with something important. The task involved telling people about the show, handing out water to people who needed it and stopping people from wandering on to the stage, also it was cool to see the show up close and work around the performers before the show began.
My week at the Place has been fantastic and really helpful in my understanding of where I might end up working in an arts organization such as this.