Chris’s Fresher Experience

 

Chris is in his first year studying BA Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Leeds

Prior to coming to the University of Leeds I never had any experience with behind the scenes aspect of theatre. However, after attending music gigs and clubs here in the UK and abroad, I developed a great interest in the lighting of these events and knew I wanted to get involved somehow. So at the freshers fair I found Backstage, signed up to the mailing list, attended the events and have not looked back!! This first year so far has been really enjoyable and look forward to being involved with the society for the rest of my time here.

“At the freshers fair I found Backstage, signed up to the mailing list, attended the events and have not looked back!!”

So far, I have been part of two shows and will be looking to be part of a few more this year. The first show, Little Shop of Horrors, I was one of the lighting assistants. This role gave me the basic understanding of how a show works and gave me the confidence to step up and co-lighting design Dance Comp. Designing the lights for Dance Comp was a very enjoyable and stressful experience at the same time due to several factors that occurred during show week. However, by show night all the stress suffered paid off and it went off with no major disasters.

The next show I was a part of was Exposé, where I was the AV assistant. This is the first opportunity this role was called so I applied for it in order to get a greater knowledge of different areas. The show nights went well with major disasters and by the last show night on Saturday everyone in the team performed brilliantly and it was the best show of the week.

For the next shows I will apply for roles in different areas in order to gain experience in all areas. For example, I will look to be part of the sound, stage and front of house crews for the next shows this year and in the years to come.

“It is very rewarding and all the people you meet are so friendly and easy to get on with.”

I definitely recommend becoming part of this society and being an active member, I will be sticking around a while!! It is very rewarding and all the people you meet are so friendly and easy to get on with.

Posted on 13th March 2017, under , , , , .

Jordan’s Experience: Lighting Up The Stage

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Jordan studied BSc Physics with Astrophysics at The University of Leeds and graduated in 2015.

I’ve been a member of the LUU backstage society for two years. It was the first society I ever joined, being in my third year at university, and wish I had joined sooner!

“You get to go hands on with loads of advanced lighting desks and fixtures, being responsible for everything from picking colours, right up to working with directors on how to achieve your joint vision.”

The main area I was interested in when I joined was lighting. I love the amount of creative control lighting gives you over the mood and feel of a scene in musicals, and the amount of fun you can have with it in dance shows. You get to go hands on with loads of advanced lighting desks and fixtures, being responsible for everything from picking colours, right up to working with directors on how to achieve your joint vision. In a lot of ways lighting really helps to structure the show, helping cue actors from the first blackout, to the final bow (even if they do occasionally miss their spot!). There really is nothing like the sense of accomplishment you get from a complex lighting sequence running perfectly.

“…the society really works hard to make uni life as interesting and as fun as possible for its members. It will undoubtedly be one of (if not the) highlight of your life at university.”

You also learn a great amount of useful skills, and quite possibly new career ideas; if like me you had no idea what to do with your degree. Using the knowledge I gained from Backstage I’ve worked doing lighting for festivals, club nights and comedy shows. The thing that kept me coming back to Backstage, and so heavily involved in the society was the people. Everyone is so friendly and once you take part in a few shows (and socials) you’ll be hooked! I was lucky enough to be on the committee for the society as Social Secretary in 2015/16, and saw first hand how the society really works hard to make uni life as interesting and as fun as possible for its members. It will undoubtedly be one of (if not the) highlight of your life at university.

So come and join the light side, and whatever your interest, Backstage will have something for you!

Posted on 16th September 2016, under , , , , by D'arcy.