Thomas Kidd (TK), aged 18 from Newby Bridge, talks about his experiences on the L3 Theatre & Event Technology course with Student Services Manager Adele Mundy (AM).
AM: Why did you choose this course?
TK: I’ve always been interested in Tech. I originally applied for Performing Arts, but when I auditioned I didn’t get a place, Theatre Tech was my second option, and I really enjoy doing it.
What made you choose Kendal College?
I had a choice between Kendal College or Ulverston Victoria. The sixth form would have been too academic for me, making Kendal the perfect choice as the courses are more vocational.
Is college like you expected? If not, why?
It is, but it isn’t. I expected a bit of freedom, but I didn’t expect so much freedom. In secondary school you couldn’t just get up and go to the toilet, you actually had to raise your hand and ask and then they’d say “No” at college tutors treat us like adults. There’s a lot of freedom like that, and I also enjoy being able to go off campus. I just enjoy everything about it.
What is it you enjoy the most about college life?
I would probably say the friends I have, I didn’t have so many in secondary school – not close ones. I’ve got some really good close ones now, and I feel a lot happier here.
What opportunities have you had as a student at college?
So I have had the opportunity to be a Student Representative and an Ambassador. I’ve had the shows and I’ve done some outside film work as well.
What is the teaching style like on your course?
It’s very practical, we do a lot more hands-on sort of stuff instead of theory, but we do some theory as well, and it’s mainly in classrooms. Sometimes we’re downstairs in the Box working on our show or whatever project we’re on with next.
Can you describe a typical day at college?
No, every day is very different. It’s either working on theory, working with lanterns or learning a new skill and it really does depend on what project we’re working on. Every day is a new adventure, and we try to take every opportunity that we can.
How would you describe your college experience so far?
In one word – Excellent. I can’t put it any other way, it’s just been great.
What are you hoping to do after college?
I’m hoping to go to university or drama school to study stage management or light and design – I’m not sure what I’m doing yet. I’m thinking about Stafford University or maybe one of the drama schools in London.
What facilities do you regularly use at college?
We have our set of studios, and we use the production workshop quite a bit to do any kind of blog or theory work. We do some technical stuff in there too like workshops, but when we’re doing shows, like today, we are in The Box. We are setting up the show, running it, and doing a tech run.
If you could give one piece of advice to people considering College, what would it be?
Do it, you only have one life. If you feel like you can take on sixth form go ahead with it, but if you want more freedom – go for college. Honestly, you’ll regret it if you don’t.
If Thomas has prompted an interest in Theatre and Event Technology @ Kendal College, find out more on our website.