Paul Bates – Full Time Making Theatre Student

Interviewed 2014

My proudest moment so far was being asked to be an understudy for both Gift and Trickster in my first year of the course.

I first found out about Mind the Gap in 2009 when I took part in an outreach project that Mind the Gap brought to my school. I really enjoyed the project and I began thinking that Mind the Gap might be the place for me.

Since joining Making Theatre in 2013 my skills and confidence have really grown. I appeared in my first professional production within a month of joining the course as a Hobo in Irresistible at Bradford City Park, which I really enjoyed. It was great to perform all the songs in the piece.

In April 2014 we performed our Contained pieces inside a shipping container. I made a piece about being trapped inside. Once the audience went into the container, the doors closed and they were trapped inside for about 5 minutes. They then watched a film I had made of me being trapped inside and the piece finished with the audience seeing a skeleton I had created out of Paper Mache. I enjoyed having the chance to perform, use media and make the props myself. It was great fun recording my own sounds and music using the technical equipment and I felt really proud once the project was complete. It was a challenge and I gave myself a lot to do, but I was very happy with the result.

My proudest moment so far was being asked to be an understudy for both Gift and Trickster in my first year of the course. I was shocked! Being an understudy meant I got to go to London, Scotland and then Ireland in October with Trickster. One of my main roles was to help live stream the shows, which was nerve wracking at first but a good challenge.

I am excited to be on my second year of Making Theatre. We have lots of exciting projects coming up and Mind the Gap is like a second home to me. It feels like family.

Paul Bates – Full Time Making Theatre Student