After leaving The SPACE, I continued my training at Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, graduating with a degree in Performing Arts Dance. I am now signed to multiple agencies and am beginning my career as a performer.
I started The SPACE as a dancer, but with the many opportunities to sing and act, the course helped me to become a more rounded performer and gave me the confidence to try new things. At The SPACE, I studied dance practitioners which helped me understand dance in more depth and I also had the opportunity to create my own work and dance in a variety of styles, which expanded my repertoire and taught me new skills.
I am grateful to The SPACE and the teachers for helping me to achieve my dreams.
Since leaving The SPACE I have trained at Bird College Conservatoire for Dance & Musical Theatre. Whilst here I had the exciting opportunity to work as a backing dancer at the BRIT awards, perform at MOVE in London and Britains Got Talent The Champions. I'm currently auditioning for musical tours.
The SPACE excels at making everyone feel part of a family, it's like your second home. The teachers are very approachable and will help you with any concerns you have. The most important thing I learned whilst studying at The SPACE is to work as a team, this is key within the professional industry.
I got into drama school while I was at the SPACE (Italia Conti) but decided it wasn't the right school or the right time, so I moved to the French Alps for a year to work, which was an incredible life experience! I then moved up to London and got involved in as much theatre as possible, and in 2016 I got onto the BA Acting course at Rose Bruford. I graduated with a first class honours, but I was lucky enough to finish the course early (in April) because I auditioned for a job - and got it! I've been working professionally, playing the role of Q in Secret Cinema's Casino Royale since then - it's an immersive theatre show with 1500 audience members every night, 5 nights a week with no script. The SPACE gave me so many friends and really pushed me out of my comfort zone - I was constantly challenged in areas that I was less confident in, and the support was always amazing. It's taken a lot for me to build my self-confidence, self-respect and self-worth (I remember hiding in the toilets on my first day because I was too scared to talk to anyone!), but SPACE gave me the building blocks to start looking at the value I hold in myself and what I can offer to a group of creatives.
Going to The SPACE was a turning point for me - I originally thought that I wanted to be an actor but after being given the chance to work behind the camera, I realised that I'd found a new passion! SPACE was so supportive of my decision to focus on film and I made many short films during the two years that I was there. The experience I gained from SPACE helped me to get a place on the BA Television Production course at Bournemouth University and during that time I was able to return to SPACE and feature some of their students in my work. After university I started an internship at The Walt Disney Company, which eventually turned into the job I have today. I spent a year as a continuity announcer introducing shows on Disney Channel UK - a job which I don't think I could've done without the acting training I'd gotten at SPACE. I now work as a Creative Producer making on-air promos and online videos for Disney Channel - it is my absolute dream job and I'm so grateful to SPACE for helping me get there.
Since graduating from The SPACE I decided to take those skills and train in Technical Theatre. I studied the foundation degree at LAMDA.
I decided to work as a freelance Lighting Technician for a couple months working on various productions at The Young Vic, The Lyric Hammersmith & various other gigs. Then my first real step came when I got accepted for the job as a Chargehand Electrician at The Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End, working on Mary Poppins.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without studying at The SPACE. Leaving school I had no idea about theatre and what goes on. I started with acting and transferred to Technical theatre. Every single member of staff I have to thank for all the support and for everything they taught me about the incredible industry.
Even if you study there, you don’t necessarily have to go on and work in theatre. All the skills you learn there are 100% transferable.
I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
Since leaving the Space just over 4 years ago, I continued my journey to becoming a drama teacher by going to the University of Plymouth to study their 3-year Theatre and Performance degree. I successfully completed my PGCE in June and officially graduated in September. I am now currently teaching Drama and English at Uffculme School in Devon. The SPACE gave me the opportunity to explore new genres of theatre as well as give me the knowledge and understanding of practitioners, rehearsal techniques and workshop style lessons which I have been able to adapt for my own lessons and teach at both KS3 and KS4. The constant reminder of an upcoming show always kept me on my feet because I knew that every day, I was working towards a new project, whether that was a smaller production with 3 or 4 other peers or preparing to go on stage for the end of year musical which is a process that has requires months of preparation from everyone. The staff are very supportive at The SPACE.
BEth Wilson KNight
Trinity Laban conservatory of Music & Dance - Musical Theatre. Show captain and lead vocalist for Luna Rossa Productions for Silversea Cruises
After leaving The SPACE I went on to gain a BA honours Degree in Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London.
After graduating I worked in numerous countries - including Abu Dhabi, Tunisia, Turkey and Ireland as a singer, entertainer and event coordinator. After working for one of the top entertainment groups in England, I joined Silversea; one of the leading luxury cruise companies, and have sailed around many countries in Europe, Asia, Canada, America and a few places in between!
I am currently Lead Vocalist and Show Captain on board the largest ship in the Silversea fleet, the Silver Spirit.
The course at The SPACE was very intense - having a show every 6 weeks was incredible, but having the knowledge of everything that goes into a show was invaluable. I made programmes and posters, sourced props and costumes, even looked at lighting and set design, as well as being in the productions. I put all of this into my portfolio and I’m sure this was a fantastic resource that helped me secure my place to study for my degree. The facility itself is a beautiful place to train and the staff are wonderful - they were integral for me to help me improve my skills and especially helped me with my audition for Trinity Laban - which I was one of few people who were accepted on the course at 18 in my first year of auditioning. I think studying at The SPACE shows dedication as you are constantly working and constantly improving as a performer and as an individual.
Beth Wilson Knight
After leaving The SPACE, I studied BSc Lighting Design & Technology at the University of South Wales (USW).
The SPACE had a Zero 88 console, which during my time at The SPACE I learnt to use for programming and operating many performances. For my placement year, I therefore looked to do a placement with Zero 88. Zero 88 offered me the placement, and during the year I worked as Product Support, providing support and training for Zero 88 lighting control systems. During my final year at university, I continued working with Zero 88 alongside my studies. I graduated USW with a First, and was offered a full time job at Zero 88, as Product Specialist. I really enjoy working with the Zero 88 team, supporting customers, running training sessions, and work with the development team on new software and products.
The SPACE Production Arts course gave me a fantastic grounding of theoretical knowledge, but also hands-on practical skills working on many productions throughout the two years of the course. I have been able to put these skills into practice both at university, and at work.