Theatre Royal Haymarket

More than 1000 young people aged 16-25 attended this year’s TheatreCraft event!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Blayne George,  Masterclass, Pauline Tambling, CC Skills, Jamie Lloyd, Julian Bird, SOLT, Alex Beard, Royal Opera House and Susan Whiddington, Mousetrap Theatre Projects: Photo Alex Rumford

More than 1000 young people aged 16-25 from all over the UK attended this year’s TheatreCraft, the free non-performance theatre careers fair, which took place on Friday 22 November 2013 and was opened by acclaimed director Jamie Lloyd at the Royal Opera House.

TheatreCraft was created in 2003 by Masterclass and began life at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Now in its eighth year, TheatreCraft is a fun and unique glimpse into the ‘behind the scenes’ world of theatre.

Participants spent the day exploring topics including producing, stage management, wig-making, lighting, marketing, theatre journalism, sound, directing, costume design, playwriting and designing. Delegates were able to choose from over 70 workshops delivered by skilled theatre professionals, meet more than 50 exhibitors in the bustling marketplace, visit the ‘Ask the Experts’ zone which offers one-to-one advice sessions with 33 industry experts and, new this year, go to networking hubs to interact with their peers.

Mark Stradling TRH Theatre Manager: Photo Alex Rumford

Mark Stradling TRH Theatre Manager: Photo Alex Rumford

This year TRH’s Theatre Manager, Mark Stradling led a workshop on ‘The Day to Day Running of a Grade One Listed Theatre’ and TRH’s Associate Producer Siobhan Daly gave one-to-one advice in the ‘Ask The Experts Zone.’

 

Associate Producer Siobhan Daly (R) & TheatreCraft attendee: Photo Alex Rumford

Associate Producer Siobhan Daly (R) & TheatreCraft attendee: Photo Alex Rumford

Jamie Lloyd, in an address to participants said:

“It’s ok not to have an idea of what exactly you want to do in theatre or why, it is your passion and drive to be part of the industry that is the most important thing. This vital and important event gives you a chance to explore that passion. So soak it up and make the most of this day. Make it the best day of your life!”

22 year old Leeds based student Jamie Simmons, an aspiring director, braved a very early start and travelled down on the megabus at 3am this morning to be in time to hear Jamie Lloyd’s speech. Commenting on the day Jamie Simmons said;

“Meeting Jamie Lloyd was brilliant, I can’t believe it. Trying to break into directing where I’m based can be a struggle which is why coming today was so important for me. Standing face to face with potential employers gave me a much better angle to be able to portray my passion for, understanding of and dedication to the arts. I hope to find some kind of work placement, which I need as part of my university course, out of the contacts I made today.”

TheatreCraft

TheatreCraft is organised by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, Creative and Cultural Skills, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the Royal Opera House and Society of London Theatre.

It is sponsored by PLASA, White Light, Scott Fleary and John Good. Media partners are The Stage, A Younger Theatre and Fourth Wall Magazine.

TheatreCraft was established by Masterclass in 2003 as a way of highlighting training and career opportunities for young people interested in working behind the scenes in the theatre and performance industries. TheatreCraft is run in partnership with Creative and Cultural Skills, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the Royal Opera House and Society of London Theatre.

Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust is a small charity that has a big impact on young people’s lives with a unique offering of free masterclasses with leading theatre professionals, careers advice sessions, apprenticeships and performance experiences. Masterclass are committed to using theatre and the beautiful Theatre Royal Haymarket to inspire and empower young people – the talent of the future. To date over 60,000 14 – 30 year olds have benefited from our programme.  http://www.masterclass.org.uk/

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