Amelia Dixon - one of the design interns for the show 'Henka No Yoro'.
This past month has been extremely hectic, but actually extremely enjoyable and I am really happy with the way the show went.
So first, we had to apply for the job. The opportunity was only open for Young Leaders and to apply we had to write a letter saying why we wanted the job, what it would do for us and things like that. Then Kiz and Helen had to decide who to appoint. During Young Leaders, Helen took us through our applications and why they liked them and ways we could improve which was really beneficial as none of us had properly applied for a job before. Then, once I got the job with Eddie Plaskitt, we were given a planning document (featuring fun memes from Helen) and we started planning what we were going to do.
Anyway, after visiting the groups I had to come up with a theme for the night and I wanted it to link all three of the pieces. I came up with change. In each piece there were physical, emotional or mental changes so it worked well. The theme also reflected TVYT this year as it has changed massively since it started. From there we decided on the name 'Henka No Yoro' meaning night of change and this gave the theme more depth as we could focus on symbolism that the Japanese culture brings.
Once the theme was sorted I started collaborating with Emma, TVYT's graphic designer. She made some great posters and had great ideas about symbolism. Each animal or plant had a meaning and a link to a piece and that really embraced the Japanese culture which was really nice. Then I had to gather all of the info for the program. I think that this was the hardest job as there was a tight deadline and this was quite a complicated program as we had to fit in so much. But, in the end I had everything in time and it all came together nicely.
In the week leading up to the show, I sorted staging with SJMS, visited all three groups and had a few meetings with Eddie. This was just to find out if there were any last minute changes and make sure everyone was happy. I think in that last week I was out of the house doing Tvyt stuff every night, but I didn't mind because I was really enjoying it. So, then we had the get in. There was a lot to do, but everyone got stuck in and it worked really well. I've also got to say well done to Seb. He was up a ladder for a long time putting up the lanterns and they looked great.
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