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Theatre Design student gains professional experience at Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Charlotte Dearman was selected to be Design Assistant on the production Jumping on my Shadow

Theatre Design student Charlotte Dearman in the Waverley studios
Theatre Design student Charlotte Dearman in the Waverley studios

A student on the BA (Hons) Theatre Design course at Nottingham Trent University has recently completed a placement on the production Jumping on my Shadow, an award-winning play which ran at Nottingham Lakeside Arts this September. The play, which was the recipient of the Arts Council England John Whiting Best Play Award in 2002, is a funny and moving ghost story about refuge, asylum and who we think we are, written by NTU Theatre Design lecturer Peter Rumney.

Charlotte Dearman worked as Design Assistant to Nettie Scriven, a theatre designer who previously lectured at NTU. Charlotte applied for and secured the exciting opportunity to gain experience in a professional atmosphere through Peter, who alongside his lecturing at NTU is an award-winning writer, director and performer. Both Peter and Nettie act as Artistic Directors for Dragons Breath Theatre, one of Britain’s most exciting creators of theatre for young people, and the company responsible for bringing the play to Nottingham.

Charlotte was involved in numerous aspects of theatre design during her placement, including costume making, costume and prop sourcing, scenic artworking and involvement in workshops with schools. On her experience working in a professional context at the end of her first year, Charlotte said: “I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the whole production and getting hands on with costume and prop work. The cast and crew alike were just brilliant; they were extremely welcoming.”

She continued: “I worked closely with Nettie in terms of sourcing costume and props, as well as trying out some actual costume making with a couple of aprons and some alterations. It was an exhilarating experience in which I've learn so much from the cast and crew; everyone was full of knowledge and very willing to share this!”

When asked about the Theatre Design course at NTU, Charlotte sung its praises: "The course has an incredible team of staff and an amazing support system. The lecturers have a world of knowledge and experience to share and the support staff around the Waverley building are always happy to help. The course offers such a broad spectrum of skills and projects; meaning each individual has the opportunity to work in more specialised areas of practice."

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Theatre Design student gains professional experience at Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Published on 11 October 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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