Good News is our regular series of testimonials from former Media and Film students, telling us how the skills and knowledge they acquired through their studies have helped them in further education and their careers in and out of the creative industries. Today we speak to Vicki Duckett, who studied A Level Media at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College between 1998 – 2000.
Vicki works as a freelance theatre maker, encompassing writing, directing and production roles, and has recently founded Vested Interest, a theatre company based in the West Midlands. Her most recent production, Sauce, was remarkably staged in a restaurant in Shrewsbury. Vicki tells us how some of the coursework tasks in Media Studies influenced her writing style:
“During my time studying A-Level Media Studies I participated in a project that helped me to explore narrative and storytelling. At the time I viewed the project as fun and thought I had learnt a few things that I might be able to apply to my chosen profession of theatre. My experience of writing often begins as a film treatment before I begin writing characters.”
Furthermore, Vicki uses new media technologies in some of her productions, technologies she first discovered during her A Levels: “Media Studies also ignited my interest in filming devices being applied to ensemble theatre, such as slow motion and split screen.”
Vicki went on to study at Bretton Hall, The University of Northampton and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, yet the skills and knowledge Vicki acquired from her earlier studies have proved to be very useful and still relevant to her today: “My understanding of the media has informed everything that I currently do as professional from the content of my work to marketing the performances I make and promoting myself as individual.”