3 August 2017
Author: Lucy Hughes
When I first arrived to The Place I was so nervous to begin with, however the moment that I walked in I was greeted almost immediately by the receptionist Bridget who was lovely and welcoming towards me, as all of the staff and students where, which therefore made me feel welcome and at ease, making me not nervous what so ever. On my first day we had a full building tour with Keira, who was so supportive, lovely and told us very helpful information to us about what different departments there were, the building itself and also very importantly the health and safety, fire alarms and more.
Following on, I then had a reception briefing with Bridget, who was one of the very nice receptionists that worked at The Place about how the many different keys had to be organised and passed over to staff and students who needed to use specific rooms and also how she operated the receptions computers, fire alarms and lost property which I learnt how to tag and record into the computer, using excel.
Throughout the rest of the first day and the next days I spent at The Place, I had many talks about the different departments that go into running The Place and the theatre, which we also helped with. The talks with TAD (Theatre and Artist Development), C&C (Classes and Courses), LCDS (London Contemporary Dance School), RADC (Richard Alston Dance Company) and many more departments that help to run The Place were so interesting to learn about and every staff member who talked to us about what they do for their department and gave me tasks were extremely enthusiastic and again very welcoming and comforting, which led me to have an amazing time learning about the different roles.
I cannot say anything negative about The Place as my whole experience was amazing and so fun, including watching classes, for example level 1 and 2 contemporary and level 1 ballet classes, which opened me up to learning about different teaching techniques and how the students participate in the classes, especially as I got to watch a matinee show for the dance work EDge.
At my week at The Place, I can now see that I want to pursue a career in dance and by learning about the many different and interesting departments I can now appreciate dance a whole lot more as I know how much hard work and time goes into setting up organisations, and running The Place itself and would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to come and experience a work placement here.
In summary, I loved every single moment of working at The Place and I am so glad that I chose to come and experience it, therefore I definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in dance, or the working departments that involve performing arts and the setup of them.