RSC to offer behind-the-scenes theatre training schemes

Royal Shakespeare Company is developing training schemes that will offer school students the opportunity to learn more about a career in set and prop design.

School students taking part in an RSC workshop.

Source: Rob Freeman

School students taking part in an RSC workshop.

The theatre group aims to launch a work experience programme, available for children from underprivileged backgrounds.

Schools eligible to participate in the scheme will be those that have a high percentage of children eligible for free school meals and least access to cultural experiences, says Jacqui O’Hanlon, director of education at RSC.

It will offer workshops and bursaries that will allow students to get involved in behind-the-scenes theatre roles such as set and costume design, prop making, producing and directing.

“This will offer up to 70 children a year with opportunities to experience different aspects of theatre careers, many of which are currently invisible to young people in school,” she says. A further two bursaries that focus on performance will also be available.

RSC wants to help fund “new, non-traditional career routes” into theatre, O’Hanlon says, through developing apprenticeship schemes and placements.

Schools nationwide will be assessed for inclusion in the programme, which will launch in late 2015.

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