My SME Internship: Clara – Brave Bold Drama  

A selfie of Clara, smiling with the sunshine on her face.

My name is Clara. In my first year of studying Theatre and Film I undertook an SME Internship with Brave Bold Drama theatre company. My internship comprised different types of odd jobs and full-on projects. I worked in many different locations, including community centres, theatres and I did a big chunk of my hours remotely.  

I definitely felt immersed in the process of creating a piece of theatre, and I developed a deeper understanding of all the little jobs and details, especially applicable to freelance theatre. I was very inspired by my employers and their ability to manage such complex projects with a team of two – doing everything from tech and budgeting, to acting in the piece itself.  

The skills I gained ranged from very practical, such as sewing, painting (see pictures 1 and 2), assembling parts of the set and doing research, to ones related to marketing and communication. I found the atmosphere of the workplace very encouraging, with my employers Gill and Paul always ready to show me the ropes and teach me how to perform certain tasks. 

I was also given a lot of creative freedom and independence. This manifested itself in the highlight of the internship – when I was tasked with creating a marketing campaign for their theatre piece, The Munch Mission. I created a series of images that translated into a sort of storyline – the subject from Munch’s Scream ran off from his painting, and began exploring different locations in the world, and hid himself in other iconic pieces of art. I had a lot of fun doing this and it allowed me to polish my photoshop skills (see pictures 3 and 4).  

Unfortunately, due to a family situation related to the Russia/Ukraine war, I found it challenging to work in person as much as I would have liked, and I did a lot of my internship remotely. Thankfully, Gill and Paul were extremely kind and supportive and gave me the tools I needed to still get as much as I could out of the experience. I did a lot of market research for their UK tour, and through that I learnt a lot about the theatre scene and community in the surrounding areas.  

If I could give you three tips for your upcoming internship/interview, they would be:  

  1. Take on any little job or task you can – even if it seems unrelated to the industry you want to go into – it is all valuable experience and part of the teamwork that goes into creating a project!  
  1. Take notes as you go – this will really help you reflect on what you did and learnt, allowing you to make the most out of the experience.  
  1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – voice suggestions that may sound a bit silly and experiment – you are there to do a good job, but you are also there to learn and try new things. 

Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your work experience as much as I did! 

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