My Two Weeks at The Point - Zemirah
work experience Zemirah

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I came in on Tuesday 8th and wasn’t disappointed with what I experienced. I worked in marketing until 1pm, where Jenny (she’s so friendly) gave me some instructions on writing direct mail letters – of which I wrote one – and press releases – of which I wrote one also. It may not sound interesting, but it was actually kind of fun. I enjoy writing emails (which might sound weird) because I enjoy using fancy words and writing/reading things which are grammatically correct – I blame my mother for my grammar obsession. After lunch, I worked with Liz (my new friend. She’s absolutely amazing. And she has great high top shoes) in film and programming, where I watched film trailers. Yes, you read correctly. I can now say that I have spent an afternoon of my life watching film trailers. Of course, it was to decide on something which The Point could show on their screen, so technically it was work. But, it was pretty great. And, until Friday afternoon, I thought that this was going to be my favourite part of work experience. How quick I was to jump to conclusions. How wrong I was. But more on that later.

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Wednesday 9th saw me working in the box office with Lorraine (also a really awesome person. So many great people at The Point). I learnt how to reserve and sell tickets using the system, and met a lot of different people from loads of different areas of the theatre, all while talking to Lorraine. It was a pleasant morning.

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Thursday 10th had me working on my arts award for the morning, where I was already making great progress. However, in the afternoon I worked with the technical department. For my work with them I learnt about PortaZemirahble Appliance Tests, or PAT tests… it was quite cool, because I like to know how things work, and I got to take apart a plug! After this, I got to go back stage, and saw all the props that were set out for that night’s performance of Annie, and I got to go into the technical booth and then I got to see how they set up the playlist for movies which they’re going to show. Barrels of fun were had that afternoon.

After that came The Point Youth Theatre session where I lead the kids in a game… I tried to be authoritative and loud, but it didn’t really work. Still, the kids seemed to enjoy it. A bit later, while they practiced for the show the 12 Days of Christmas (you should go see it. It’ll be good) I helped to make some props, including the lords a leaping which you see in the picture (right), although Holly made the one on the left, and it’s definitely the better of the two. Overall, it was a good day.

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And now we arrive at Friday the 11th…. I checked my schedule to see what I would be doing that afternoon, I saw something called ‘Open Space Sharing’. Confused, I went to eat my lunch. I was uneducated. So innocent. And now we get to the best part of work experience (so far). As I walked into the Creation Space, I noticed props and clothes, and rows of chairs. Bewildered, I watched people filter into the room and take their seats, and, a few minutes later, I began to watch the most emotional performance that I have ever seen. Theatre Re, a company I hadn’t known existed, took my breath away, and caused quite a few audience members to cry. I was astounded by the thought, creativity and talent which went into the piece. As the actors and musicians took a bow, I found that I was unable to move. I was floored by the heart and soul which had existed in it. It was the same heart and soul which meant that the actors and actresses were drenched in sweat. The same heart and soul that I now feel for the performance. Even as I talked it over with Lucy afterwards, I couldn’t shake the feeling of awe the performance had left me with. It was incredible and I will never forget that day.

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And now, here I am on this, the morning of Friday the 18th, putting finishing touches on my blog, and my arts award. Soon, I will leave this magical place. It has been great to escape the other world that is School, and pretend to be a part of the world which adults are so fond of calling Work. Work is definitely not what I would call this… I propose a different name: Fun. On second thoughts, let’s just keep it as Work. Work is better. Anyway, this is the end of work experience, and I, for one, have had a good time. I particularly like this blog (maybe I’ll start a blog… ha, that’ll never happen!). I hope that in a year’s time I can volunteer here. Maybe I’ll help out at the box office.

Until then, this has been a wonder. And I was right… It was a roller coaster, but it only went up.

Zemirah Downie, possible aspiring blogger.