I am a sixth form student currently at the end of my first year. I study four subjects; these include: Media, Psychology, Economics and English. Media is the subject I would say I enjoy the most out of my chosen four as it allows me to be creative, use my initiative and be enterprising all at the same time. For my AS practical we were encouraged to create the beginning of a thriller style film, to do this we had to think about costume, lighting, characters and setting making sure they all conformed to the stereotypical conventions of a thriller style film. This task was extremely enjoyable as well as a bit challenging for me and the process of editing the product allowed me to gain skills in that area of production too. I also exercise my media interest by engaging in activities such as being an extra in the British film ‘Fast Girls’; this was a great experience for me as I learnt what goes on during pre-production of films and also what being an extra is like.
We were asked to find work experience during the summer term that was in the field of work we were looking to go into. I was very grateful when Stepping Stonez agreed to take me on for an internship, from this work experience I hope to gain skills from marketing and public relations to help promote the products and hopefully be able to see the finished items when exhibited. This internship will aid to giving me an insight into what the world of work is like in the area I hope to go into in the future.
OK, so we had our very first cast get together/ read through last friday, here is what happened.
Most of the team got to the HQ hours ahead of time because we are running a business at the end of the day and had other things to do aside from the read through.
I get to HQ to find the girls (Latoya & Dorcas) having their meeting about another project they are working on, all I can do is think about the read through, loads of questions going through my mind…..are they (the cast) all gonna turn up? what will they think of my writing? will any of them want to drop out after reading it? – after all this is my first attempt at writing a stageplay, even though I’ve produced 5 and directed 1 in the past.
A few of the cast members arrive early…….one arrives one hour early so we make her wait outside (in the cafe….not outside outside), a few more begin arriving….but we have nowhere to put them as the room we have booked for the read through is not available to us for the next hour or so……..Anthony (The producer) is still nowhere to be seen and he has all the scripts….
so we’re just stuck at HQ with no scripts, no room, some very punctual cast members and a lot of time to spare. I finaly receive a text from Anthony….something to do with not being able to print out enough scripts, has to meet with his girlfriend who has been kind enough to print off the rest,meaning he’s now gonna be late……gosh!
The rooms available now and most of the cast members are here too…..I ask Dorcas (the assistant director) to begin with some light games to get the cast comfortable and talking with each other while I wait for Anthony to arrive.
A few late comers from the cast arrive and still no word from Anthony……for the first time I start to panick a little….more out of nerves than anything else…..I want this to go down smoothly……..text from Anthony (finally)….he’s one stop away……(Brill) I can relax now.
With the scripts in my hand and the producer with me…..we stroll into the room and hand them out to our very patient cast……a little more random talking from me (again….out of nerves) then we finally get the reading on the way.
I sit right by the door (to block any one from leaving half way through…..just incase) and I listen as the cast read their parts…….amazing…..it’s sounding better than I expected.
an hour later and the play is read…..a short moment of silence before a round of applause is given…….they like it! (relief)
We have a debate about the themes of the play (this is good…they are engaged) and then we dismiss everyone earlier than specified (they deserve it) and I want to bask in my little moment of glory with my team.
Before the cast leave I thank them and remind them that they still have the option of opting out of the project if they do not want to be a part of it…..I tell them to email us if they can’t say it in person.
It’s now Tuesday and not an email from anybody wanting to opt out….(good)
Now the real work will soon begin…..but not before we do our photoshoots for marketing purposes, hold a few more meetings with cast members individually and then we hit the ground running.
the journey continues
Silvano has a BA Hon degree in Creative Arts and Writing (Manchester Metropolitan University) as well as a Certificate of Higher Learning in Theology Studies (Lampeter University).
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Stepping Stonez & SVG present:
If truth can’t hold a family together, deceit will try. On the surface, the Matthews family seems fine. Ruth is looking to start a family with her husband of four years, Naomi is preparing to marry the man of her dreams and Zach has just graduated from university. But beneath the surface of this happy Christian family lurks a darker, more sinister reality. Discover the real fabric holding this family together.
Family Secrets is a revived theatrical production written by and starring Silvano Griffith – Francis, directed by Serge Rashidi – Zakuani co – founder of Stepping Stonez. The production is co-produced by Stepping Stonez and SVG productions.
SVG Productions uses drama in an exciting and creative way to address a range of social issues affecting Christians and non Christians alike. Past Productions include: ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Black & White’ and ‘Family Secrets’.
Stepping Stonez, producers of ‘A Date With Destiny’(Bloomsbury theatre 2008), ‘A Lighter Shade of Blue’ (Albany Theatre 2010) and hit show ‘MisIdentity’ (Lost theatre 2011) (“…brilliant…fantastically witty” soulculture.co.uk) and comedy sketch show ‘The 7 Detestable Sinz’! that had its debute at the Camden fringe (Rada 2011) (“ there’s no lack of talent in the cast…..I’d be keen to see new writing from Stepping Stonez…..www.onthefringepaper.co.uk)
Shows take place at: The Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road London SW8 2JU
15th – 20th November 2011
Show starts @ 7:30pm
Matinee on 20th November @2:30pm
Book tickets via www.losttheatre.co.uk or 08444 77 1000
Serge Rashidi – Zakuani
Silvano Griffith – Francis
02086924446 ext 246
below is a link to an interview we did to promote our latest show: feel free to have a listen and leave us a comment if need be
For more info on UCB please visit: www.ucbmedia.co.uk
remember the show takes place from the 17th – 20th of august at 9pm at the Rada (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts)
tickets are available online via the link below:
We look forward to putting a smile on your face
Stepping Stonez are teaming up with writer Silvano Griffith – Francis and her production company SVG Productions, to bring you a new hard hitting, faith based prodcution entitled ‘Family Secrets’ later this year.
Family secrets follows a close knit family struggling to cope with changes taking place within their personal lives. How will their personal struggles affect the rest of the family?
Auditions take place on the 6th July
for further information please contact
07961 370464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok so yesterday (12th/06/11) we had another performance of our latest show: The 7 Detestable sinz. The plan was to do 2 to 3 sketches but we ended up only performing one since the audience wouldn’t stop laughing…..meaning we had to wait with each punch line…..meaning our time ran out…..lets hope this doesn’t happen at the fringe since we only have a good hour to do everything in!!! well I guess the laughter is a good sign!!
Since were Camden festival virgins, its only natural that the whole team @ Stepping Stonez have mixed emotions about the whole shabang…were excited but nervous at the same time. Comedy is very rewarding when the laughs are coming in but very cringe worthy when the joke doesn’t it home.
The stage is a very vulnerable place to be, you cant help but feel too exposed…especially when things aren’t going as planned but hey..thats quite similar to life in many ways. The rush of living comes from putting yourself out there, with no assurance of success!
Nothing in this life is promised…and I guess thats the beauty of it all. At any given day your lot in life can dramatically change, so do be careful what you prioritize as valuable and worth while in your life.
anyways, the count down is on and though it still seems far away, we know that the show is fast approaching….we’ll be ready though
this show has currently been toured across small venues in london and has been receiving great response from the audience, one thing we are sure of is that it will put a smile on your face. its always tricky doing comedy, you never know what jokes the audience will respond to. Our experience thus far has been that each audience is different. Some respond well to the big jokes while other audiences pick up the smaller, subtle jokes that we thought nobody would notice.
it’s been a ride, getting this show off the ground, the last place we imagined that it would officially premier at was a festival but once the opportunity presented itself, we knew that we had to take it.
we have 400 seats to fill during the course of our 4 night run. It should be an interesting experience to say the least