By Iesha Eivers – Year 12 Theatre Student
At QACI, each year the Year 12 Theatre cohort is given an incredible opportunity of creating an ‘Independent Project’ or otherwise known as ‘IP’. This is where students are given the wheel completely; we become autonomous in the process of creating our own show. The process involves one of which would be expected of a team creating any well devised show, through this each student is given the incredibly fortunate opportunity of having mentors from the Theatre industry support us through this exciting process.
Each student is given a mentor based on his or her production role – director, playwright, designer or actor. Our teacher, Simon Tate, provided us with these contacts after taking this into consideration. Once we were put into contact with our mentor, it was left to us to individually establish a meeting time and to introduce them to our Independent Project, giving them as much information as possible to allow them to gain an idea of the kind of support and guidance role they may play. We were lucky enough to meet them on Tuesday.
After familiarising ourselves with each of our mentors work we were able to meet them, introduce our project, our role, and ourselves. Meeting my mentor emphasized to me, how much of an opportunity the entire cohort has been given, the resources and information given to me in just one session with my mentor has been one of the most useful and wonderful experiences within the Independent Production process, so far. My production role is focused on set and costume design, and my mentor, Sarah Winter, after explaining to me, what she does and a little bit about her self, was able to share with me her wisdom, give advice based around creative approaches and give an insight to aspects of design I hadn’t yet considered. We exchanged ideas and thoughts that have already exceedingly benefited my process.
From here on in, we are given the chance to establish a relationship with our mentors. We all have the opportunity to meet with them multiple times, able to in many cases, express with them ideas, ask questions, gain advice, suggestions, involve them in rehearsals and our individual creative process.
Experiencing and witnessing on Tuesday afternoon what the year 12 Theatre cohort at QACI was given just in that one-hour of conversing with our mentors, made me feel utterly gracious and amazed at the support and guidance offered to us at this point in our course, knowing that it’s something no other school, or even university gets the chance to have.