Drama A level students had an opportunity to contrast two theatres in Cambridge when they visited the Junction and the Cambridge Arts Theatre in one day. Drama course team leader Sarah Stow explains:
“To start with, the students took part in a ‘carousel’ at the Junction where they spoke to the staff and found out about the different roles/jobs within the theatre. Next they had a tour of the different performance spaces, where they went backstage, saw the glamorous dressing rooms and experimented with the equipment in the lighting/control box. They spent the rest of the visit taking part in either a lighting design or set design workshop with an industry professional. This gave them hands on experience of what it’s like to light or design set for a show.
“We went to the Arts Theatre later in the day for an in-depth tour of the theatre. We learned about its history, the types of performances it stages and how a non-profit theatre works day-to-day. The two theatres are extremely different in every way – The Arts shows more mainstream commercial works whilst the Junction is contemporary, cutting-edge and showcases new talent and emerging theatre. The whole day was really insightful and should encourage students to watch live theatre, an integral part of A Level Drama.”