Hi, my name is Eloise! I have worked with Creation as an Education Facilitator for four years now. I am a budding actor, and I’m currently heading off to drama school this coming September to train at Drama Studios London, where I hope to become the next Olivia Colman and make a similarly hilarious yet adorable Oscar speech.
What are you currently working on with Creation?
Currently, I am working as an assistant to Abbie, to produce two shows – “Julius Caesar” with the 9-12’s and a devised performance based on “The Diary of Anne Frank” with the 11-13’s.
What is it like working for Creation?
Working for Creation has been a lot of fun over the last few years, from working on classic Shakespearian texts like “Henry V”, to going a bit off the wall with such works as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” which saw Elizabeth Bennet, ninja her way into high society and win over Mr Darcy at (inflatable) sword point, and getting to stage Benchley’s “Jaws”; set as a pantomime off the coast of the Isle of White (yes, really, these shows really happened, Josh and I had a lot of fun with those – there were sock puppets, it was awesome).
What is your favourite thing about leading and assisting in workshops?
Throughout the rehearsal period, it’s always best to experiment and play around with ideas and see what you can create with other members of the company. My favourite thing is experimenting with different techniques and getting people who are attending the workshop to try new things, such as flocking and other “dramary” things. Playing games are a big part of this as well, they get people to work together as a team and get the energy in the room up. Plus, it is hilarious to see a group of 14-16 year olds lose their mind over a game of “splat”, so fun is had by all.
What can you expect when you come to a Creation workshop?
You can expect a lot of fun and games, working as an ensemble and often getting to devise and create your own scenes; whether this is text based, or through other stimuluses’ such as music, photos or props. Both as an assistant and as a leader, my aim is to get you thinking about what it means to create something for the stage, as a team, to make something awesome.
What has been your favourite play you have worked on with Creation?
My favourite so far, would be Christopher Marlowe’s “Dr Faustus”, with the 9-12’s. This was my first play-in-a-week workshop I lead, and I was incredibly proud of my group for taking in such a challenging text and really making it their own. Faustus is a dark and dramatic play, as well as giving students the opportunity to have their big, serious monologues and narration; it was great to see comedy in this piece. Some students were keen to devise their own scenes. One of which saw Mephistopheles hijack a pizza delivery man and getting the audience to vote for their ending, all set to a score of the best of 90’s house music. I like to think I’m cool.
What do you do outside of Creation?
Outside of Creation I work for companies such as Pegasus, Acorns Theatre and Stagecoach Abingdon. I work with children from ages five to sixteen. In these sessions, I use drama to get pupil’s working as a team and building confidence in voicing their thoughts and ideas. Aside from plays and other drama activities, I’m an avid reader and love taking long walks with my dog’s Dolly and Moosh, and making my own jam.
If you would like more information on how to become a facilitator or take part in a summer internship you can get information by contacting team education firstname.lastname@example.org / read our blog post on becoming an Education Intern.
If you would like more information on booking workshops or booking our weekly drama club you can visit the education bookings page here
Or if you would like to talk to one of our team over the phone you can call the Box Office on 01865 766266