All entries for Wednesday 07 October 2015
October 07, 2015
In August, a group of Warwick students performed a play they had devised at the Edinburgh Festival. Sam Thorogood, an English and Theatre finalist, tells us about the experience and how theatre outside of his course has played a huge role in his time at university.
How have you been involved in theatre outside of your course at Warwick?
I started becoming interested in theatre towards the end of secondary school and during my time at sixth form college, primarily with acting. Warwick has provided the opportunity to try out roles like producing and directing: roles that I never in a million years would have expected to fill three or four years ago.
In first year I was lucky enough to act in a variety of shows, whilst this past year I’ve focused more on producing and directing. Generally, doing shows outside the course has given me a really solid grounding in what it means to create theatre.
I’m really excited to currently be co-directing a brilliant piece of new writing called The Faithless Healer, which is going to be performed at the Arts Centre at the end of October.
How did you come to perform at the Edinburgh Festival, and how was it?
Our company, Clown Funeral, was formed from a group of likeminded student theatre-makers who thought: hey, why not try and get our work out there? So we did, with a devised show called Mr Poe’s Legendarium. We got in touch with one of the Edinburgh Fringe venues (C Venues) and took it from there.
The whole experience was great: from creating the show over a series of workshops and more intensive rehearsals to sharing it with over 500 people throughout August.
How do you hope student theatre at Warwick will develop over the next 50 years?
I hope it stays fresh, exciting and daring, and continues to attract a whole host of ambitious theatre-makers into its fold!
Do you have any advice for any freshers considering getting involved in theatre here?
Go for it! Especially if you’ve never done anything remotely theatrical before. I guarantee you won’t regret it.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope I’ll continue to create theatre, whether that’s with Clown Funeral or not. I’m also really interested in community theatre projects, and I’m currently looking into career paths in that area.
Sam has been involved in the Tech Crew, Codpiece Theatre, Freshblood New Writing, and WUDS societies at Warwick.
The full list of performance societies on offer at Warwick can be found on the Students' Union website.