Over 1,000 young people attend TheatreCraft 2014

Vicky Featherstone with TheatreCraft volunteers (Credit: Helen Murray)

Vicky Featherstone with TheatreCraft volunteers (Credit: Helen Murray)

Teaching Drama visited TheatreCraft, the backstage theatre careers fair, on 17 October. The one-day event, aimed at young people aged 16-25, had more than 1,000 visitors in attendance at the Royal Opera House.

The event was opened with a speech from the Royal Court’s artistic director Vicky Featherstone. She said it was ‘such an honour’ to address the visitors to TheatreCraft. She described it as ‘an amazing moment’ that young people had gathered to pursue and research careers in backstage theatre.

Featherstone said in her opening speech: ‘I truly believe theatre in its wider sense has something in it for absolutely everyone and TheatreCraft will allow you to explore this. 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.’

The day itself offered participants the chance to take part in over 70 workshops on offer in everything from theatre marketing to wig making. Over 50 exhibitors were on hand to talk to in the marketplace, highlighting education and industry opportunities throughout the country in the backstage sector. There were also 39 industry experts available for one-to-one advice sessions.

If you missed out on this year’s event, keep up to date with developments for 2015’s TheatreCraft on their website, www.theatrecraft.org.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation donates to arts education projects


The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is donating £380,000 to arts education projects throughout the UK.

Recipients include Creative and Cultural Skills, who were granted £75,000 for their range of masterclasses in technical theatre training; The Old Vic, which received £10,000 for their Old Vic New Voices Programme; and The Wales Millenium Centre’s Creative Apprenticeship Scheme, which has been awarded a £45,000 to train students wanting to work in backstage theatre.

The biggest donation of £180,000 was given to The Royal Ballet School, who had their funding frozen by the department for education.

Madeleine Lloyd Webber, trustee of the foundation said that they were, ‘delighted to be able to support such a diverse range of arts education initiatives.

‘We feel it is hugely important to encourage the next generation of artistic talent. The UK is currently a global leader in the arts, and by investing in programmes to train young artists, we hope our country can continue to be a creative force.’