Ms Rebecca Tremain
Professional Support Pathway
PA to David Schellenberg and Public Engagement Officer ITD
Ressurecting the Shakespeare Hut
As one door shuts, another one opens! After 9 years, the ACT Consortium came to an end on 30th June this year and on Monday 4th July, staff and students at the School were amazed to find a replica YMCA Hut had sprung up over the weekend in the Manson Foyer. I'm very proud to be involved with this Heritage Lottery Funded project in collaboration with Digital Drama, Kings College London and the YMCA/National Theatre archives. You can find out more about this on shakespearehut.lshtm.ac.uk Other duties at LSHTM As well as my PA duties, I support Public Engagement (PE) activities and development at LSHTM as part of the inaugural Wellcome Trust Senior Leadership training scheme that the Heads of CRD & DCD are following. In 2015 I helped design and launch the Small Grants Scheme for staff and students in these two departments, delivered training in PE across the School and worked with Vickie Bazalgette (PE Coordinator) on a number of one-off and festival events. I run montly drop-in sessions where staff and students can come and discuss ideas or seek advise on how to create successful engagement activities both in UK and overseas. Archive Alive The PE role fuses my work outside LSHTM as a performer/producer and director and my role within the School's Malaria Centre. Current activities include Archive Alive, a series of readings and performances to run alongside the Keppel Street buidling foyer exhibitions. The first of these, Peter Mine, held on 17th February, featured the lives and letters of some of the lesser known Women in Science. Materials included the Carpenter diary of Amy and Geoffry Carpenter, the correspondence between Sir Ronald Ross and Lady Simpson and extracts from Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley. I am also responsible for running the annual Malaria Centre Mosquito Day celebrations: you can read more about last year's event, Binkie Goes to Warwhich tied in with the World War One centenary commemorations: www.giftfindershop.co.uk. This 8 part series examines the life and work of the staff and students of the school (past and present) through the carved gilded creatures on the first floor balcony. I took these as my inspiration as I was fascinated by the contrast between how lovely they look with the sun shining on the School's facade and the realisation that these beautiful carvings represent the deadly adversaries that the school's population works so hard to overcome.
I enlisted the help of a variety of staff and students across many disciplines, working in London and around the world. Accompanying each segment of 'science' I've invited poets, writers and musicians to contribute and I feel each half hour programme is a pleasing mix of science, art, music, fact and - dare I say it, fun! We travel within the school building, the archive and library, and futher afield to include London landmarks including the Zoo (ZSL), the Museum of London and the London Metropolitan Archive. We also worked with Radio Health International in the Cameroon on several of the episodes.
We had good reviews in The Observer and The Metro - you can find all the information, episode breakdowns, previews and gallery images on the series website, at my production company: www.themustardclub.org
I am a visiting lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts at St Mary's University (Drama St Mary's) Twickenham.
I am also a freelance director, producer and presentation coach.