In second year of Technical Production, it is known as the most practical year of the whole degree but in 2020 we had the issue of having to do University from home. This meant we were not able to be work on shows in-person because of COVID. Our Lecturers and Unit Coordinator had to come up with a way for the student to still experience a practical show role whilst doing it all online. This is when Virtual Productions were introduced to the degree, and we were all assigned to a metaphorical show and given designer/management roles. Virtual productions also gave us the chance to collaborate with the graduating Technical Production cohort of 2020. The idea around virtual productions were to strength our creative approach and process to making a show starting from the pre-production stage. By end of the process, we would have a fully designed show that was fully realised and could move onto the rehearsal/production stage. This was presented as a design presentation at the end of the semester.
Towards the end of first semester in Second year 2020 the students were to form small groups and work together to create a performance known as the Production Arts Project (PAP). This project conceived of a short performance work between 5-10 minutes long, that involved no live performers. This meant we had to relay on employing other scenographic devices in order to convey a narrative and meaning. Each group had to pick a stimulus that would inspire and connect to their project. The solution we had to solve with this project was how we were going to show our performance through an online platform and still convey the message we wanted to send to the audience. Each group came up with different and unique approaches to this problem and did not view this as an obstacle but as a way to include a new medium to their performance.
In second semester of 2020, the Second year students partook in a collaborative intermedial performance, with other disciplines in the Fine Arts degree, that was in response to the text Through the Looking Glass. This was realised through the design and implementation of intermedial practices that were explored throughout the classes in the semester. Everyone was put into small groups of two or three and were assigned chapters from the text, whilst also being assigned show roles for the performance. These groups then had to design performance based on that chapter that would go between 2-4 minutes long. Because we still had strict restrictions the performance was fully live streamed and ended up running as a 45 minute show.