“East 15 has an incredible training programme,” said Jake, who is graduating with a BA Stage and Production Management.
He was attracted to the School by its offer of practical learning with theatre professionals from as early as the first year. At most drama schools, he said, “you don’t start working on public performances till quite late into your degree.”
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Jake was able to complete a placement working on the new musical, You are Here, at the Southwark Playhouse, written by the duo behind the UK touring production of Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
As the only Assistant Stage Manager on the production, he worked closely with the creative team, sourcing, making and maintaining props – no easy feat when Covid-19 restrictions required new stage rules.
“The biggest challenge would have been working in a Covid world. Much like the rest of the theatre community we are all having to adapt the way in which we work,” he said.
For instance, on You are Here, “a lot of the cast drank from the same style glasses during the show. Ordinarily this wouldn’t have been a problem. We had to ensure that all glasses were discretely colour coded so that each actor got their same glass each time to avoid mixing,” Jake added.