It was the King’s Head inaugural open day last Wednesday that lead me to writing this blog post. A first for the theatre, as they opened their doors to the public, and a first for me as I was able to meet my fellow trainee resident directors.
The afternoon was lead by Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, along with Producer, Louisa Davis, and Producing Assistant Rachel Illingworth. The discussion was entitled ‘Sustainable Models in the Unfunded Sector’ and focused on the King’s Head unique producing model that promotes sustainable, professional and ethical practice on the fringe. It became increasingly clear, after questions from the floor, that transparency in the business was key. People want to be able to have conversations with their theatre and this is exactly what the King’s Head is championing. We are ‘opening up for you’ was the tagline for the event and this blog is a small effort to do the same but from a trainee directors point of view.
So what is the Trainee Resident Director scheme? (TRD for short) Well, it’s had a bit of a revamp this year and instead of a three-month attachment we’re actually with the theatre for a year. There are four directors on the scheme (including myself) and we work on a cycle of shows in various roles. I hit the ground running with an assistant stage manager position on a revival of F*cking Men. It was my first professional experience of Assistant Stage Managing and what a valuable opportunity! I found myself working closely with all areas of the production team and gaining a unique insight into the world of fringe theatre.
So why did I apply to the scheme? It’ different for every director but in my case I felt that this course offered everything I needed to develop my craft. The programme is made up of practical training, bespoke mentoring and the unique of opportunity of showcasing a new play at the Tristan Bates theatre next year. There’s so much you can get involved with whether that be the literary department, the without décor development scheme or the upcoming new writing festival: #Festival45. The King’s Head is committed to the development of new work and new artists and I’m proud to be a part of it.
The next open day is on Wednesday 16th December, 3pm - King's Head Trainee Director Scheme, what is it? So I expect you’ll be hearing a bit more from me, but in the meantime if you have any questions about the scheme or would like to get in touch you can contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org