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Royal Opera House Plays Host to Biggest Theatrecraft Event to Date

Royal Opera House Plays Host to Biggest Theatrecraft Event to Date
Royal Opera House Plays Host to Biggest Theatrecraft Event to Date

UK – More than 1000 young people aged 16-25 from all over the UK attended TheatreCraft 2015 – the free non-performance theatre careers fair that was opened by Indhu Rubasingham, Tricycle Theatre’s artistic director.

TheatreCraft is free for anyone aged 16 to 25 looking for a non-performance career in theatre. From directing to stage management, producing to marketing, lighting to design, TheatreCraft offers a unique glimpse into the behind the scenes world of theatre.

Attendees took part in workshops led by theatre professionals, explored the vibrant marketplace of exhibiting theatres and organisations, joined in at the Ask the Experts zone for one-to-one advice and interacted with peers in the networking hubs.

This year’s event was the biggest yet with over 56 exhibitors and 72 workshops from skilled theatre professionals. Throughout the day delegates were able to explore everything from puppet-making and marketing to automation.

TheatreCraft was established by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust (Masterclass) as a way of highlighting training and career opportunities for young people interested in working behind the scenes in theatre and performance.

Across its ten events TheatreCraft has hosted over 300 exhibitors, 500 workshops, 950 one-to-one sessions and had more than 7500 young people through its doors.

Indhu Rubasingham, speaking at the event, said: “You have every right to be part of this industry. It will be totally exciting and brilliant. We need more and more people of different voices and different perspectives, to be part of this. That’s what will make the future of theatre exciting, viable and vital.

“You may not know what you want to do but what’s brilliant about TheatreCraft is it lets your imagination be opened to see all the possibilities in the industry.”

Larah Simpson, an attendee at the event in 2014 and exhibitor in 2015, said: “I attended last year after graduating from university and was unsure about which direction to take next. I had a one-to-one session with James Clutton and later attended his workshop on producing. I kept in touch with James and was offered work experience at Opera Holland Park and then a permanent job. TheatreCraft is an invaluable resource and the Marketplace is a fountain of knowledge and new opportunities. I was delighted to return in 2015.”

TheatreCraft is organised by a group of committed partners from across the creative and cultural industries: the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, the Royal Opera House, the Society of London Theatre, Mousetrap Theatre Projects and Creative and Cultural Skills.

The event was sponsored by White Light and John Good. Official London Theatre is this year’s official Media Partner.

24th November 2015

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