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Lucy Reflects on her Community Arts Apprenticeship

Posted on 5 October 2017

Community Arts Apprentice Lucy Macdonald reflects on her year spent working in the Belgrade Theatre Community & Education department…

For as long as I can remember, theatre has been a huge part of my life. From performing in pantomimes with my local theatre group, to watching my favourite musicals in the West End. I love it all. So, when I found the vacancy for the Community Arts Apprenticeship, I just knew that I had to apply. Fast forward 12 months and here I am, at the end of my apprenticeship, excited to be starting the next chapter in my journey.

I remember arriving at Box Office on my first day, feeling very excited and very nervous all at once. I immediately felt welcome by the wonderful Community & Education (C&E) team, as well as all of the staff from across the building, and soon enough I felt at home.

Even though I had never worked in an office before, I soon became familiar with the day-to-day goings-on in the C&E office. Don’t get me wrong, I was VERY confused at first… How do I work Excel? What does this database do? Do I really have to pick up the phone and speak to real life people!?
But with the help of my trusty line manager, Keith, I knew help was close at hand and no question was too silly!

I was excited to get stuck into working with the different Youth Theatre and Arts Gymnasium groups as soon as possible. Since my very first session I have learned SO much from the workshop leaders and participants alike and have taken tips and advice from each of the different group leaders, enabling me to create my own style and techniques when facilitating a workshop. The wonderful Belgrade participants have been a huge part of my journey, and I have had so much fun bonding with such a diverse range of people while working on a number of projects over the year.

Some of my apprenticeship highlights include – Making my Belgrade Youth Theatre acting debut as ‘Grannie’ in the Canley Youth Theatre show, The Last Newspaper. – Prancing around Coventry city centre in silly costumes with some of the Arts Gymnasium participants performing in the Halloween extravaganza, Bewitching Broadgate. – Organising the Youth Theatre Christmas party. I LOVE CHRISTMAS, so this was heaven to me. – Taking part in a make-up masterclass with Iain Lauchlan. (Yes, I know it was supposed to be for the children… but I’m a big kid at heart really!!)

I am so grateful for my time as a Community Arts Apprentice at the Belgrade Theatre and I have enjoyed every single opportunity that has been given to me.
Here’s to the next chapter.

The Belgrade Theatre Trust (Coventry) Ltd is a registered charity (No 219163). All the money given, raised or earned is not distributed as profit, but kept and reinvested back in to our work.

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