The Wales Stage Management Network

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The Wales Stage Management Network

Time: April 28, 2017 from 2pm to 6pm
Location: The Japan Room, Wales Millenium Centre
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Event Type: networking
Organized By: Jacqui George
Latest Activity: Apr 27, 2017

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We're generally a chatty bunch but don't often get the chance to get together without shows. productions etc. being the focus of our attention. Well, this is just for us, and just about us. We're hoping it's a chance to talk, identify training gaps, current challenges we face in today's industry etc. Anything specific you may want to include then let us know, and we can hopefully make it what you'd like it to be. This event is for professional Stage Managers.

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Comment by Jacqui George on April 25, 2017 at 19:02

Meet one of our panel for our Friday Q & A Jen Price. Jen has worked extensively in Opera and lots of experience working in various and challenging environments and theatre spaces….

How did you get started in Stage Management?
I first encountered Stage Management in the second term of my degree. I was studying Drama and English at the University of Bristol and as a joint honours student didn't have access to many technical aspects. However in my second term I was given the opportunity to DSM the final year showcases and I was instantly hooked. After that I began Stage Managing as many productions as possible outside of my degree, through the drama societies and word of mouth and very soon realised that that was the career path I wanted to take. I became a single honours Drama student so that I could go on industry placements and after a placement as DSM on Welsh National Youth Opera I was asked back as a paid employee the following year.

What has been the project you've been most proud of? 
It's really hard to isolate one production that I'm most proud of, as I strongly believe that you should be proud of all your achievements no matter how big or small. Even though I have been lucky enough to be involved in some amazing professional productions, I feel that I am most proud of all that I achieved before I graduated. I taught myself most of what I know, through trial and error and having the courage to learn on the job. Those student productions are when you really have your skills put to the test, without the back up of a company or other departments. Groups of us would put on shows in abandoned cathedrals, church crypts, pub theatres, really unusual spaces that always proved a challenge and made you think on your feet! These productions will always stick with me and I'm grateful to them for providing me with the skill set I have today.

What's the funniest request you've had come out of a rehearsal room?
I once had to source a body bag for a production of Motortown where a person was put in it and dragged along a stone floor. I cheekily went in to a hospital and asked at reception, they handed one over without even questioning my need for one. I had to return a few days later to get a replacement as it had ripped on the floor and again they handed one over with a smile. It's amazing what you can get for free if you're prepared to ask!


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