For a good while, I cried. It was the best three years of my life. I’d had the opportunity to live and breathe theatre every day, and create work with coursemates that had gone on to become my very best friends. That suddenly had to end, and I experienced the dismal lack of direction that most of us feel post-university.
After I had my degree in my hands, I headed up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with my improv company and continued to work closely with fellow TFTV graduates on a project we’d begun at university. After receiving the York Performance Award (an award that supports graduates to perform a project outside of York), we formed a theatre company: Mind Over Matter. Alongside our day jobs, we began to create new work and revisited a show we’d started in TFTV. One year later, we took Mick Gordon’s ‘On Ego’ to Edinburgh, where it received critical acclaim. We hope to announce our new project soon.
While I was working with my fellow TFTV grads, I’d moved to London and got a job acting for kids, running workshops for a company called Kidzania.
Thankfully, based on my work in student radio, in the autumn after my graduation I was hired by Global, and began working for Capital, Heart, Classic FM, Radio X, LBC, Smooth and Gold.
I’m a radio presenter, currently doing Drivetime on Yorkshire’s Minster FM.
My job is primarily about communication and creating a relationship with my listeners. Not only did TFTV provide me with endless performance opportunities, it also taught me how to interact and work with a diverse range of individuals. As a presenter, I have to be able to create content calmly and effectively under pressure, react quickly, and meet tight deadlines. Working together to create large-scale professional productions with a tight turnaround time has ensured that I have those skills available at the drop of a hat.
I attended an interview day, and fell in love with the department.
The course description was totally unique, exciting and inspiring. I attended an interview day, and fell in love with the department.
Go! Go, go, go! TFTV puts you in all sorts of bizarre situations – whether it’s constructing a set that somehow has to hold 20 cast members, working on your theatrical opus at 3am or trying desperately not to corpse in your assessed dress rehearsal, the department was always simultaneously inspiring, fulfilling, and above all, a massive amount of fun.
This is too hard. I think I’ll have to have three. The first would be performing in TFTV’s 2014 summer production The Provoked Wife. Who knew working on a Restoration problem play would be so much fun. I couldn’t wait to go on stage every night.
The second would have to be winning a National Student Radio Award for Best Entertainment Programme. It was the ultimate reward for three years of very hard work.
The third would have to be graduation itself – a total celebration of the greatest three years of my life.