The ETG Experience

A typical day on tour doesn’t exist! Every single performance is like an opening night as we usually only perform at any given venue for a day, meaning we constantly have to adapt the show, both technically and artistically, to best suit the space we are performing in. However as a rough idea, we leave the previous venue very early in the morning, arriving at the new venue around lunchtime. The entire company then unloads the coach and starts the “get-in”, setting up the lighting, sound and set.

Whilst the techies finish this, the cast prepare the show for this new stage. Sometimes we then put on a late matinée (and if not, we explore the town), before settling down to dinner followed by the evening show. Once the curtain comes down we rapidly “get-out”, reload the coach, and by midnight, head off to stay with a host family!

These quotes and images give a brief insight into The ETG Experience…

“A perfect bridge between student and professional theatre, the intense tour establishes a theatrical family and requires a consummate professionalism that most London theatres would envy.”

— Alexandra Spencer-Jones, Director, Taming of The Shrew (2005/6)

“ETG was all about the people involved – the strong bonds we formed with each other on tour, the often vastly different audiences, and the amazing hospitality of so many host families (all those midnight meals were so appreciated!).”

— Rob Asher, Tour Manager, Much Ado About Nothing (2003/4)

“ETG was the biggest learning curve of my life. There are so many pressures on time and on the work; and yet so many triumphs, from the friends you make to the venues you see, and the applause you earn. Neither a more challenging nor a more rewarding project exists in Cambridge.”

— David Brown, Director, Hamlet (2008/9)

“It was certainly a very eclectic bunch of people who set out on the first few tours … in an unchartered plane. The scenery followed on a lorry called Jack Nutter – from the fruit company from whom we bought it and whose logo was still on the side!”

— Michael Deakin (from first tour in 1957), Professional Film Producer

“The scale and endeavour has few, if any, parallels amongst student drama companies.”

— Emma Price, Tour Manager, The Tempest (1994/5)

“ETG is unique in its commitment to the notion of a company, building a team over 11 months prior to the departure dates. The tour itself is a trial of stamina – ETG stretches people to their limit. However, the professionalism shown under these circumstances has become both the hallmark of ETG and a tribute to the group effort from which the tour is created.”

— Dominic Vallely, Tour Manager, As You Like It (1992/3)

“An opportunity to see Europe from a different perspective, make strong lifelong friends and work extremely hard to produce a great show in ten venues over a two week period!”

— Michael Nabarro, Tour Manager, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2001/2)

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