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The view from the office at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Image: Lauren Walsh

Lauren Walsh blogs about the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme

04 June 2018

Lauren Walsh is a current participant on the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme, and started a new role this year as a Production Assistant at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Lauren relocated from Edinburgh to take up the position. She has been blogging about her experience so far in her new role.

‘Presenting: a classic awkward blog introduction. Here, I’ll explain what this is all about and try to entice you, dear reader, to stick around.

This blog is mainly for me to keep a record of everything I’m learning this year – a year of new experiences, new skills, and new environments. More specifically, a new job in a new city as Production Assistant at Theatre Royal Plymouth.

For the past six years I’ve lived in Edinburgh. It was chilly but, man, was it charming. I moved there for university and it forever claimed a chunk of my heart. I’ll likely post more about Edinburgh in the future. Mainly because I bloody love it there but also because its many festivals have a pretty huge impact on the arts world, something I’ll be discussing a lot having just started working at a theatre.

But for now, back to Plymouth. All good things have to come to an end, and after two post-university years of increasingly desperate job searches, I finally struck gold. The gold came in the form of a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries placement, a year-long paid traineeship in the exact area of theatre I’d been trying so hard to get into…’

You can follow more of Lauren’s experiences at