My central role in the Props Galore department within the Farley group, is to liaise and advise production buyers/set decorators and costume designers on booking out stock for their set and costume accessories. Alongside my colleague, we maintain the day to day running of our department. This includes the upkeep of stock, display, managing phone and email enquiries. I have developed my conservation skills through repairing our antiquities, and learning how to pack, despatch and display them appropriately. My position also requires me to take on full administrative responsibility for my department, including dealing with enquiries, handling invoices and liaising with other departments.
Edinburgh Fringe 2013 Theatre State’s production of ‘The Fanny Hill project’ • Whilst working with Theatre State, I was in charge of the art department’s minimal budget. • Fitting the actors and sitting through rehearsals taught me about tailoring my designs to what the actors and director feel most comfortable with on stage. • I also learned to always budget for last minute action props and costumes which come up during rehearsals.
Dover Street Market window installation ‘The Glass Globe’ • I enjoyed the hands-on aspect to the construction of Phoebe’s window display ‘globe’, and learned a lot about designing for a public display space. • Working as team in the studio, and communicating with the designer is key in producing their vision.
• Assisting Yovcho Gorchev on his MA Production Design final year film called ‘Revolving’ was my first insight into buying for and working on sets for film. • I was able to see his designs materialise from page to reality within a very tight budget and schedule.
• During university, I helped create an artist collective called ‘Scribbles and Murmurs’ for which we organised an open call for artists, performers and writers to exhibit at the Rag Factory space on Brick Lane. • It was a great success, and I learned a lot about funding and orchestrating such events. • We are currently re-launching this collective under the name ‘Quixotry’, and are hoping to develop a publication alongside the exhibitions, as well as introducing a charitable aspect to it.
Assisting Dyala Nuisseibeh in the Education Department • We were in charge of setting up and running workshops for local school children based on current exhibitions in the gallery. • These workshops gave me invaluable teaching experience and taught me how to relay ideas, concepts and data in a structured and clear fashion. • We also liaised with the Royal Court theatre, introducing a performative aspect to our workshops inspired by the art pieces in the gallery. • During my internship, I also invigilated and took tours around the gallery, which was excellent practice for client-facing roles.
‘Nicholas Nickleby’ at Chichester Festival Theatre • I enjoyed seeing props being made in the workshop and seeing lighting/acting rehearsals. • I learned a lot about the interaction between departments, and process of working out which props will be needed during rehearsals.