Blog: Mariyah Aslam

Mariyah's ImageHello there,

Today is unfortunately my last day of work experience at Half Moon but instead of dwelling on the negatives, lemme walk you through my time here.

As a result of my (gradually decreasing) social anxiety, I usually tend to find it difficult meeting new people, however, that wasn’t the case when I started my first day here. Sure, I was rather anxious on the arriving journey but the welcoming personality of both the building and people managed to put my anxiety at ease.

Once I walked in, I was greeted by Beccy who introduced me to the rest of the staff; Stephen, Euan, Jackie and Chris. This was then followed by an introduction to the work I would be starting off with. My first task was to crop a few images of article clippings which would be used on the Stages of Half Moon website. After this, it was my duty to go through the website’s archives of all the productions that have taken place within the three buildings of Half Moon theatre. I will admit, this did get tiring at times but I learned a lot about the intriguingly wonderful shows Half Moon has produced over that past 44 years. I am huge fan of film and theatre so I found this highly beneficial as it helped me discover some great new plays. Before leaving for my lunch break, Beccy gave me a tour of the building and it was delightful to see the theatre in depth.

My second day was further filled with updating archives and making sure everything was in order but despite what you may think, I rather enjoyed it, mainly because I was determined to get through them all and once I am motivated, there’s no going back. There were times where I began to feel a tad tired, but this was mostly thanks to the trying hot weather as I don’t do well in hot temperatures, I’m more of a cold-weather fan. My lunch break consisted of iced coffee and pancakes from a pleasantly appealing café around the corner. The rest of the day flew by;. much like the flies buzzing around in an attempt to make use of the muggy surroundings.

My final day has been quite relaxed. My final task was to do some research for a future event which took me right up to lunch; during which I bumped into an old friend of mine who lives nearby and spent the majority of my lunch hour catching up with him. Now, here I am, only one hour left until the end of my work experience and much like David Tennant during his last episode of Doctor Who, I don’t want to go.

Working at the Half Moon theatre has been a great experience, despite the fact that I regrettably had to miss two days of my one week here due to personal reasons. This was my first work experience placement and I have to say, I expected it to be a lot more intimidating than it actually was. I felt comfortable which something that I often find difficultly in doing, especially surrounded by people I had just met; but everyone here has been incredibly helpful and I do wish I got to spend more time with them. I have learned a lot about what it’s like in a work-place environment and would like to thank everyone who has helped me feel welcome.

Farewell, Mariyah.