I think that this is in my ‘About me section’, but this seemed as good a starting point as any to introduce myself. My name’s Selina, and I’m a student at the University of Sheffield, and I’ll be finishing my English and Theatre degree in July. It’s been a lovely 4 years, and the Steel City is an absolute joy.
Anyway, a few months ago, I went to see one of my lecturers, my personal tutor, about a Masters I wanted to apply for, and I expressed my concern about the fact that despite having done lots of drama things at University – directing and acting, and co ordinating festivals, and taking things up to Edinburgh – I didn’t feel that I had yet creatively created the kind of work I want to create. So her very simple reply was to get up, get out there and do some stuff!
Being a student, it took me… a month? Two? To act on this good advice. But I finally put together a proposal and got myself down to Bank Street Arts, and after having a chat with John, the creative director there, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to embark on a residency. Hugely exciting. Absolutely terrifying.
I’ve decided to blog every step of the process, because for me, the residency is how I’m going to figure out how I work and what I make, when essentially I can do what I want.
That’s so scary!
So the purpose of this blog is to have a clear record of that learning process, to enable people to give me feedback and to help me think through things.
So yes. This is the blog. HURRAY.