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Drama students visit set of new BBC show Broken

Drama students on set Friday 30 September 2016

It was an exciting first week for our Drama students, as they were invited on to the set of screenwriter and producer Jimmy McGovern’s upcoming BBC drama Broken – and they even got a glimpse of award-winning actor Sean Bean.

With filming taking place in Saint Francis Xavier’s Church, opposite the University’s Creative Campus, our Drama students were given the opportunity to visit the set and speak to Location and Unit Managers from Liverpool company LA Productions.

Location Manager Gary Looker explained to the students his role in the production and the different responsibilities held by each team on set. He also gave the students lots of helpful tips on how to get into the production industry. He said: “You’ve got to engage – get out there and make yourself known. We all worry about failure, but just get out there and learn and you will get there.”

Hope’s Head of Drama, Dance and Performance Professor Simon Piasecki also offered his advice to students, telling them: “Never just jump in – be prepared as in this industry, you only really get one shot.”

Explaining how the production came to the church, Gary described how narrowed the options down to three, and Jimmy chose Saint Francis Xavier’s as he used to go there as a child.

The excitement didn’t end there, as Professor Piasecki was invited to the shoot base in Everton where he met Producer of LA Productions Colin McKeown and Jimmy McGovern himself.

Simon said: “Huge thanks to LA Productions for allowing our students to experience life on set, it was very generous and a great opportunity for them to see how everything is done for such a large scale production.”

Drama students on set large

View the photos of the visit on our Flickr gallery.

Broken airs on BBC One in Spring 2017. 

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