Art and Design students at Pembrokeshire College experienced a behind the scenes insight into theatre production when Dirty Protest arrived at the College for an afternoon packed with workshops.
Launched in 2007, Dirty Protest are Wales’ award-winning theatre company leading the development, promotion and production of new writing for performance.
The College’s art and design students were joined by Producer Jennifer Lunn, Production Manager Matthew Davies and Puppeteer, Designer and Community Outreach Worker Di Ford for a series of workshops highlighting the opportunities available within theatre.
Jennifer kick started the afternoon by introducing students to the basics of being a Theatre Producer – from funding applications and contracts through to photocopying scripts. Jen outlined what might be expected of a Producer on various different projects and explained: “It’s more creative than you might think but there are also a lot of spreadsheets!”
Next up was Di Ford whose work has primarily involved puppetry – making and performing. Di gave the group an overview of some of her many projects including work for English Heritage, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and the Torch Theatre before introducing them to some of her creations. Her latest brief sees her working as lead puppeteer for the production of Hansel and Gretel directed by Welsh artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins.
Finally, Production Manager for Theatre, Events and Festivals, Matthew Davies talked through his varied role from managing budgets, to writing risk assessments and driving the van!
Cath Brooks, Curriculum Area Manager for Art and Design commented; “This visit was part of a growing programme of events we have been planning to highlight the many and varied opportunities available to young people who are looking to pursue a creative career.
“We’d like to pass on a huge thank you to Dirty Protest for giving up their time and hope that the workshops have inspired some of our students to look at the different career options available to them.”