Lucy is in her 2nd year studying History and Ancient History at University of Leeds
As the role name suggests, I have spent my year ensuring that our society is both well-equipped and safe. This included being the guardian of our radio mics (and crying and sending them away when they break), and the very important task of testing (read: standing on) people’s dubious constructions during load ins (@GreaseLightning, @SpringAwakeningHayBale). I’ve also spent excessive amounts of time on websites such as gaffatape.com and fireprotectiononline.co.uk spending all the societies money (sorry Lily) on ensuring that the society has enough gaff tape to hold us all together.
I’ve also spent excessive amounts of time on websites such as gaffatape.com and fireprotectiononline.co.uk
Alongside my role on committee I’ve also enjoyed getting involved in many shows yet again (this blog post is late because I was busy with another one, woops). I chose to take a step back from sound to try out other roles, with particular highlights for me being DSMing SMS’s ‘In The Heights’ and Production Managing the most fun show of the year- Panto. I’ve had a great time during my year on committee. Having joined the society as a fresher, it was good to be able to step up and play a part in running it and I would recommend it to anyone who can’t get enough of our society! If you have any questions about the role of Equipment and Safety or committee more generally feel free to message me on Facebook or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a tad odd as most of you will usually hear from me as the faceless “Backstage” on Facebook, but turns out there is actually a person behind those messages, and that’s me! Publicity and Communications is essentially running our website and all of the social media accounts (yes even the long forgotten YouTube channel) and responding to messages and emails that we receive as a society, which seems super easy right?
I had huge plans at the start of the year for newsletters every other week and videos of our shows along with so many other things, and although a lot of that hasn’t been pulled off, this year has been one of our best for getting new members fully on board with the society, which was my ultimate goal with all those aspirations. It’s been so lovely getting to see all of the new faces and watching people make new friends (as I have myself), and I have truly loved this year in Backstage for that reason. I hope you all continue to love it and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store.
I had huge plans at the start of the year…a lot of that hasn’t been pulled off.
This year I have been more involved with shows than ever, and although it may be ruining my degree, it’s been wonderful. From PMing my first show with ‘In The Heights’ to lighting almost every other- intentionally or not- it’s been a pleasure to get to work with so many different people and to see so many shows go up successfully. A particular highlight for me was also being able to go and work at Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 3 weeks in August, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if not for backstage.
As for next year, you’re not getting rid of me quite yet as I still have another year at least at uni, so I’ll be sticking around for the foreseeable future, hopefully getting to see just as many members joining us next year! I hope whoever takes on this role has just as much fun as I have had this year and manages to pull off a few more of their plans!
It seems only right that I’m writing this blog post in my home for this year – the cash office. I dread to think how much time I spend in here but at least it has comfy chairs. Becoming Treasurer has greatly enhanced my form-filling skills, to the point that I’ve now memorised the account details for Zig Zig and 3D. So I can’t say it hasn’t been useful!
Sometimes I feel a little like air traffic control, but instead of planes I’m managing payments through all the accounts!
But in all seriousness, my year as Treasurer has been a brilliant way for me to see all the hard work that goes in behind the scenes of our society. Being on Exec has meant I’ve seen what it takes to keep the society running and organised, but also the ways to make the society a better place for its members. I’ve found my role a tricky one at times but it’s all about staying organised and remembering to print your invoices! The role of Treasurer mainly involves keeping on top of payments in and out of all the many accounts Backstage has with other societies. The consolidation of this is the show budget spreadsheet, which has to be constantly maintained to ensure all shows stay within budget and that Backstage get paid! Sometimes I feel a little like air traffic control, but instead of planes I’m managing payments through all the accounts!
I’ve found my role a tricky one at times but it’s all about staying organised and remembering to print your invoices!
This year I’ve also stage managed my first musical, Urinetown, which was a fantastic experience. I always knew I’d be successful in the world of toilet humour but I didn’t know how much fun it would be. I hope that this has set me up well to get involved with some more shows next year, maybe even as PM?. Overall I’ve had a brilliant time as Treasurer and I hope whoever takes over the role loves it as much as I have.
Over the last 12 months, as President I have been responsible for for overseeing the running of the society and being one of the main points of contact for our Society. In addition, another one of my main roles is to chair our committee meetings. With the rest of the Exec, Treasurer and Secretary, I’m responsible for maintaining a good and productive relationship with LUU staff, our lovely hire companies and the amazing societies that we have here.
This year has been a busy one in the world of Backstage. Being into our 3rd year post upgrade (will it ever end???), the space has evolved more and alongside the rest of committee we have implemented and overseen drastic changes in our show planning, organisation and execution. One such example being the movement and organisation of all our belongings between our many storage spaces. There have been many a day where me and my amazing committee and I have come in between shows and spent a lot of time organising our spaces for the benefit of you all.
I’ve had a sick time being the President this year and whilst it can be stressful, time-consuming and often never ending, it is fully worth it for the ultimate reward.
This year has seen the continuation of our amazing collaboration with the wide variety of performing societies we have here at LUU. The shows we have made possible through collaboration with; MT, SMS, Panto, Opera, Expose, LAMMPS and the Dance Rep have been fantastic and it has been a pleasure to see our members flourish and continually improve and exceed expectations.
Although I personally took a step back from crewing shows, it meant I was able to offer a more supportive role for all productions throughout the year. I don’t think there is a show where iI have not offered help and support to the best of my abilities. My personal favourites being Dance Comp and Expose. Lets not forget musicals both MT’s Urinetown and Into the Woods also rank highly in my personal faves of the year.
I’ve had a sick time being the President this year and whilst it can be stressful, time-consuming and often never ending, it is fully worth it for the ultimate reward. I recommend this role to anyone and everyone, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me by email, email@example.com or find me on socials.
On a more personal note, it is nearly time for me to bow out of Backstage and undergraduate life here at the University of Leeds. Don’t breakdown in tears just yet though, if all goes to plan I will be continuing my studies here and you will no doubt see me running around in my role working for the Tech Department in LUU or on a future crew.
The last three years have been amazing and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those that have made me “Love my time at Leeds”.