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Pilot Trainee Producer Programme

29th May 2022 by Morven Macbeth

We teamed up with theatre company Single Shoe Productions earlier this year to put together a pilot Trainee Producer Programme, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, which sought to support applicants from under-represented groups. We had some fantastic applications come in, and Amelia Hawkes has just completed the programme. They write here about their time with both companies:

‘Training with imitating the dog and Single Shoe Productions has been a unique experience. Coming from a lighting design background training to be a producer was a bit of a step out of what I was used to but I’m really glad I did. After Covid the industry seems to be in a bit of a strange era and I think learning as much as I can from as many different people that I can is the best way forward.

I feel really lucky to have seen Take Me To The River and meet the team behind it. It was honestly really incredible to watch, the combination of the score and the archive footage as well as the animation made it a really special experience. The breathtaking scale of imitating the dog’s projection mapping work is something that really can’t be done justice in pictures, and after a couple of viewings watching other people be blown away by the piece was like its own show in itself!

Seeing in the Dark was also a really great experience. To work on the installation alongside Crofty and Matt was a really enjoyable experience and then going onto work on creating documentation and tour packs for the project made me feel as though I was really part of the team.

I have been really fortunate to be in the room and helping out while Single Shoe develop their next touring show A Wall Between Us. I feel as though I learnt a lot about how to build a touring show to fit into small scale venues, which is not something that can really be taught but has to be learnt on the job so this experience has been invaluable! Particularly building a set that can be completely collapsible and fit into the back of a van, which is something that I hadn’t really considered before but now I definitely will.

I also enjoyed working with Single Shoe developing work documentation and note taking, this is something that doesn’t always come naturally to me and so have a space where I can learn the best techniques. Arts Council funding has always been something that makes me very anxious and I had never even attempted before working with Single Shoe, but after going through funding documentation with Bradley and Filipa I had the confidence to apply for my own Developing your Creative Practice funding.

This traineeship has given me confidence to apply to jobs that I might not have otherwise applied to, having this experience has really allowed me to step into the world of producing. I am excited to see what the future holds.’

Amelia Hawkes

May 2022

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