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]

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice