More tea…? 

Another tea fuelled brain storming session has proved productive. I’ll be buying shares in Yorkshire Tea next week I reckon; the amount that’s being drunk to get the neurons firing is growing by the day. Today’s list of things to do included the formation of the 1000 word essay plan for my dissertation that’s due in next week. I’m comfortable with my working title/question, especially after running it past my tutor yesterday. I know my reason for wanting to answer the question I’m proposing, so that’s one less thing to think about, now I need to define the areas I need to study in order to reach a conclusion. Through the tealeaf haze, some sense was made… 

  • Entry into the field of stage management within the festival industry needs to be investigated. Discussions with SMs and their route into the industry and required skills. This also needs to include the transference of skills from theatre based courses, which also needs to be defined. Possible inclusion of comparison of company structure-theatre versus festival. Define roles.
  • How much effect does lack of festival specific courses for stage management have on progression into festivals?  Are qualifications of lesser importance for progression into industry than word of mouth?
  • Festivals are a growth industry, reports available for validation via quantitative research. Lack of industry specific courses must have an effect on the staffing abilities. Would production managers prefer graduates or are they managing just fine by word of mouth?
  • Is the lack of training perpetuating the who you know, not what you know method of professional progression?

And there you have it, the progress made over a few cups of tea. I foresee a busy spider diagram being created shortly, with the first of a thousand words being typed soon afterwards. It’s far from complete I know, but I’m feeling confident I have a good basis of areas and research methods available to form a good argument. I’m still very much in the same area as my original idea, I’m just refining it a little further. Professional progression from a theatre based graduate course into the festival industry was always going to figure in my dissertation, now it’s got a bit more meat to it and plenty for me to work with, I’m quite excited. I’m still bricking it, but I’m looking forward to answering the question and using the answers to progress into the festival industry after graduation. Yep, definitely no uncertainty over the rationale.


Personal development plan

I’ve made a start on my industry development plan, at last, although I’m still a little unsure of the exact layout and contents required. I know where I’d like to be, but trying to map out my entire future, factoring in my SWOT elements…well, one of my weaknesses is definitely a dislike of trying to explain every possible thought, idea or plan for the next 10 years. Nonetheless, I’ve got a healthy start which I can add to later and complete, hopefully, in Monday’s session at uni.

I really don’t like feeling nervous that everything I do is wrong or not good enough, but I’ve made a start; it’s either good enough to continue to completion, or it’s way off and I’ll be guided to the correct and efficient way. I’ve made a point of facing certain personal fears, as well as a few professional ones, in recent years and this is clearly no different. I’m terminally afraid of messing up and being seen as inadequate but it’s time to get over that particular paranoia and crack on with planning my future. I didn’t really feel I had to plan my life before I started the course as I was just cruising through life as a mum, wishing things would improve, almost by a miracle. I’m spiritual but realistic; I need to stop fretting and start doing. I know I can do what’s being demanded of me, I just need to plan more, and better, and not give up on that end goal-a life to be proud of.


I need to go shopping for plastic ball pool balls. I’ve just been pondering the effects of a speaker surrounded by ball pool balls, possibly packed together to form a tight, basically solid structure. The balls would vibrate but the combined vibration of the ball collective would be controlled. Would this create a better overall experience than one single, large ball? Only one way to find out… 

Fail to plan, plan to fail 

Everyone loves a motivational cliche in the morning, don’t they? I need to kick myself into action and get my planning upto speed. The personal development plan required as part of the industry development module is another item on my ever growing list of things to do. I’m feeling a little more positive about that now I’ve had a little time to think about it properly. Two weeks into semester 1 and everyone is demanding answers to questions that haven’t even been asked yet. Time to engage psychic powers and get some of those all important answers and start making progress on my personal and professional development plan. 

Must get creative 

Saturday morning and the rest of the house is still asleep. The usual luxury of a lazy morning in bed, enjoying the dulcet tones of mister Huey Morgan oozing from my radio is something which has to be forsaken for the foreseeable future, I’ve got far too much to do. Plan for the weekend includes defining my creative project to the point where I can give a presentation on it next week. I’ve got the basic idea, but I need to refine it and get my head much more into the idea. I need to go out and buy a selection of balls that I can insert a small speaker into,  to satisfy my own curiosity as much as to discover the feasibility of my idea. I forsee issues and nonsense, possibly a shenanigan or two,  with the end result being progress: if I achieve nothing more this weekend other than a little bit of progress, well, that’ll have to do. Round one of bass in a bubble trials to begin imminently…