Students prepare for Soap in a Week

Gracie Donoghue - Reporter

UCLan students have been given the opportunity to work with soap stars from Coronation Street and Emmerdale to produce ‘Soap in a Week’.

Soap in a Week is a chance for UCLan students and soap stars team up to create their own soap. The project is aimed to inspire and share skills amongst students and those in the industry, as well as to source future talent.

This is a project that staff and students are excited about as UCLan is the first, and only, university to work on a project of this kind. Dr Andrew Ireland, Executive Dean of College of Culture and the Creative Industries, expressed his excitement and enthusiasm about the opportunity, “this is a really exciting and ground-breaking opportunity for UCLan students to get really strong, high-profile hands-on media industry experience. To become the first and only University to work with ITV on such a fantastic project is amazing and I know our students are really looking forward to the challenge.”

Second year TV Production student and PSTV Station Manager Ariana Scott told Pluto, “I’m incredibly excited to get this opportunity and think it will be a great experience. The chance to be involved in something like this doesn’t come every day so I took to the opportunity with great enthusiasm and determination to get a good role. I will take this opportunity to get my name in the industry and create networks that will hopefully help me when I come to graduate and I’m in search for a job.”

Aaron Smithies, Head of Entertainment PSTV spoke to us about his opportunity to be involved with Soap in a week, “I’ll be one of two technical managers for the project, and I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to be on a real set and work alongside industry professionals.”

Pluto would like to wish all students and staff involved with Soap in a Week the best of luck and hope they enjoy the experience.

Soap in a Week will take place 22nd – 27th February on the Preston campus.

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