College students put on a play in a day
Ayrshire College’s Performing Arts and Technical Theatre students have wasted no time in getting started - as they successfully performed a ‘play in a day’ on their first day at college.
The HNC Performing Arts group auditioned for their parts in the morning, which they performed in the afternoon as a 7-minute show to an audience of other college students.
HNC Technical Theatre were on hand to provide the lights, sound and stage for the students’ performance.
Normally the two class groups meet much later in the year to plan their productions, but this innovative approach to learning was adopted by lecturers to allow the respective HNC classes to meet and bond as early as possible.
Julie Przyborski, a Technical Theatre lecturer at Ayrshire College, said “We thought this would be a fun thing to do in order for everyone to get to know each other at the start of the year. It didn’t have to be perfect, it was all about going through the process and working collaboratively.
“The two groups worked together to co-design the play, talking through the feel of the show, what the set and costumes would look like, what the lighting set-up would be, etc.
“I think it helps to build better relationships as the actors gain an insight into how the look is achieved, and the technicians better understand how the actors work.”
Many students on the Technical Theatre course come from a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) background, with Julie calling the course the “STEM arm of the arts world”. For most of the group, this was their first time experiencing a production.
Julie said “It was great for the brand new students as some of them didn’t know theatre at all, so it gives them a chance to see what a rough process and an end product look like.
“The students looked a little horrified when the ‘play in a day’ idea was first suggested. However by lunchtime several of them had already asked if we’d be doing it again, they were enjoying it that much!”
13 September 2018