Theatre Royal Haymarket

More than 1,000 Attend TheatreCraft 2014

Monday, March 17th, 2014


More than 1,000 young people aged 16-25 from all over the UK attended TheatreCraft 2014, the free non-performance theatre careers fair that was opened at 9am today (Friday 17 October 2014) by The Royal Court’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone at The Royal Opera House.

Now in its ninth 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 76 workshops delivered by skilled theatre professionals, meet more than 54 exhibitors in the bustling marketplace, visit the ‘Ask the Experts’ zone which offers one-to-one advice sessions with 39 industry experts and go to networking hubs to interact with their peers.

Vicky Featherstone, in an address to participants this morning, said;

“I truly believe theatre in its wider sense has something in it for absolutely everyone and TheatreCraft will allow you to explore this. Theatre can be driving a van to take a small group of actors into a prison to run a workshop, to enable those people to think about their lives differently. Theatre can be building sets in village halls all across the country, to take theatre to people who might not have access to it. Theatre can be flying in the most extraordinary pieces of scenery into the Royal Opera House (your skill being that you never hit one of the performers on the head). There are so many possibilities. Today is an amazing opportunity to come together and learn about your future. Theatre is all about people and their shared experiences. British Theatre needs you.”

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Caro Newling (SOLT President), Pada Herrmann (TheatreCraft Atendee) and Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court Artistic Director) at TheatreCraft

Caro Newling (SOLT President), Pada Herrmann (TheatreCraft Atendee) and Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court Artistic Director) at TheatreCraft

Vicky Featherstone’s full speech can be viewed on Official London Theatre:

Caro Newling, President of the Society of London Theatre, added;

“There is the most fantastic range of exhibitors at TheatreCraft today, who are all very keen to talk to you about what they do and share their experiences. Theatre is one the most collegiate industries you could ever join. My advice is to not forget who you met today. Whichever part of this profession you join – you will meet these people again.”

Pada Herrmann, a 23 year old German student and aspiring Stage Manager, travelled across Europe to hear idol Vicky Featherstone’s speech. Commenting on the day, Pada said;

“Theatre is everything! TheatreCraft gives me the chance to meet people who love theatre as much as I do. I can get my questions answered from experts here – it’s fantastic. The distance to travel here didn’t bother me, I only get once chance to come here. I want to be a stage manager because I love coordinating all parts of a show and seeing how a production comes together.”

TheatreCraft was originally created by The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust in 2003 and is now run in partnership with Creative and Cultural Skills, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the Royal Opera House & Society of London Theatre.

It is sponsored by White Light and John Good. Media partners are The Stage and Official London Theatre.

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