Behind the Scenes: Work Experience at Birmingham Hippodrome…

Chris Green is one of Birmingham Hippodrome’s ‘First Night Bloggers’, reporting back on shows and events as part of our £5 ticket scheme for 16-21 year olds. Chris attends the Stourport Sixth Form Centre in Worcestershire where he studies Performing Arts, Music and Film Studies. This week, Chris joins us for a five day work experience placement and will be blogging each day about his experiences…

Chris outside the Theatre on his first day...

Chris outside the Theatre on his first day…

My first day of my work experience at Birmingham Hippodrome started at 10 o’clock; anticipating an exciting week ahead, I was very excited and nervous as I approached the Stage Door on Thorp Street. I was greeted by the Stage Door staff and handed my lanyard and passes for my time at the theatre,  then introduced to Sarah- Administrator for the Hippodrome and my guide for the week.

I was then taken to level six- Administration Level. Packed with desks and computers, printers and members of staff- of course I knew from this moment onwards I was in an office. Sarah then gave me a short tour of the theatre- seeing backstage areas, DanceXchange studios, the Birmingham Royal Ballet therapy/gym room (Jerwood Centre) and the general foyer of the theatre.

One of the most exciting moments of the morning was receiving my timetable for the week-  exploring Press work, Conference and Events, Box office and Technical to name a few. This wide variety of experiences will really give me an insight to what it is like to work in a theatre and I look forward to everything that is on my timetable.

After doing some admin work and my lunch break I find myself here typing my blog, I will keep it updated every day this week to share my experiences and include some pictures of life behind the scenes…

You can follow Chris’s time here at Birmingham Hippodrome by keeping up to date with his blog HERE.

All Work Experience placements are now full for the remainder of 2012 and July 2013. Please CLICK HERE  for more information on joining us for a placement next year.

CLICK HERE to find out more about our FIRST NIGHT scheme.

A Year Down the Line for First Night Bloggers…

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes about a year shared with our First Night Bloggers…

Alex and Marcus collect their certificates after 1 year of being Birmingham Hippodrome's First Night Bloggers

Alex and Marcus collect their certificates after 1 year of being Birmingham Hippodrome’s First Night Bloggers

This month we said a very sad goodbye to our First Night Bloggers, Marcus Hubbard and Alex Woolliscroft. Over the past 12 months Marcus and Alex took on the responsibility of being Birmingham Hippodrome’s first batch of bloggers from our First Night scheme, chosen to report back on various openings and special events at the theatre and as ambassadors of our young theatre goers… and what a great job they have done! They have attended over 16 special events and openings including reports on their first trip to the Opera, to DanceXchange and the launch of major shows such as Dirty Dancing and International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012.

Both Marcus and Alex agreed that their experience has been a positive one, so I asked them to give a quick low- down of their time with us, here’s what they said…

ALEX (@ajwoolliscroft):
“What a year it’s been at the Hippodrome; this time last year I would have never dreamed I’d have experienced as much as I have. It’s been so amazing blogging for the theatre, meeting so many new people, and attending so many exciting shows it’s just been wonderful, something I am truly thankful for.

“Looking back over my time here, I have to say that my most memorable show would undoubtedly be my very first event, We Will Rock You – seeing Brian May perform was just a dream! I think I will remember this on the most because not only was it an excellent show, but it was magical to experience theatre as a member of the press, being treated to a VIP reception and free drinks and nibbles just made me feel so special and grateful to be given the opportunity I had.  Lastly thanks to Marcus; it’s been really great blogging with you and I wish you all the success for the future!”


Alex and Marcus at last years Six Summer Saturdays

Alex and Marcus at last years Six Summer Saturdays

MARCUS (@munchkinmarcus):
“I have had one of the most memorable experiences possible being a First Night Blogger for the Birmingham Hippodrome and being one of the first people to have this opportunity makes it even more exciting. I’ve been lucky to attend so many press nights and events that people never would have the chance to. I’ve also been able to see shows that I never would have thought to book for, shows like “Burn the Floor” and Guangdong’s “Swan Lake” we’re particularly memorable for me as I wasn’t expecting to enjoy them as much as I did.

“I must say that my overall favourite show was Top Hat, seeing the red carpet rolled out and the audience in the black tie and tiara dress code was a magical evening of classic musical theatre. Being able to mix and mingle with various people from the theatre and press industry has also benefited me a lot and I’ve been able to experience the crazy world of the press!”

On their final day both Marcus and Alex received a certificate recognising their achievement, a Birmingham Hippodrome book and, most importantly, some chocolaty goodies! We wish them every success in the future as both leave college this year to pursue courses at Drama School.

We are now thrilled to introduce our new pair of First Night Bloggers; Chris Green (@csgreen123) and Aemelia Taylor (@aemeliajess) – you can read Chris’s reviews HERE and keep up to date with Aemelia’s reports HERE. Best of luck to both of them and we look forward to sharing their reviews with you…happy theatre going!

To find out more about First Night – CLICK HERE.