Backstage Careers – Taster Workshops – postponed Experience what a career in theatre could be like

Backstage Careers – Taster Workshops – postponed

Key Information
  • Dates


  • Suitable for

    Students currently in years 9, 10 or 11 (age 13 and up).

  • Location

    Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Downside Road, BS8 2XF

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Backstage Careers

These workshops are now postponed due to the evolving situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). We hope to run the workshops in the summer so please check back in due course for updated information.


Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage at the theatre, or even how many different professions are involved in putting on a show? Perhaps you are fascinated by lighting, electrics or sound and are looking for a career which allows you to use your technical skills in an applied context. Or maybe you have an artistic or imaginative flair that you’d love to use to create props, scenery or costumes for the stage.

The creative industries in the UK are booming and there is currently a shortage of skilled professionals to work in these exciting and rewarding roles. This programme of workshops is designed for those in school years 9, 10 and 11 and provides an accessible and fun introduction to working behind the scenes in the theatre.

Credit: Craig Fuller

Learning from the experienced tutors of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops including:

• An introduction to carpentry – how to make your own crate;
• An introduction to stage lighting – playing with colour and special effects;
• Scenic art – fakery techniques: create your own wood-grain and marbling.

You can choose to attend a one-off half-day session, or join us for sessions throughout the week.

Courses are offered free of
charge to ages 16 and under.

Bookings are now open!

If you have any queries, please contact our Student Recruitment Team, [email protected]

Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018