National Theatre backing national initiative to increase and diversify…

Secondary school pupils taking part in Creative Choices at the National Theatre (c) Emma Hare
Secondary school pupils taking part in Creative Choices at the National Theatre (c) Emma Hare

The National Theatre is one of over 500 organisations taking part in Discover! Creative Careers Week (18-22 November), a national initiative backed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in England to encourage diverse new talent for the country’s booming creative industries.

The creative industries employ over 3 million people and the sector is growing three times faster than the rest of the UK economy. During Discover! Creative Careers Week, part of the Creative Careers Programme, employers will open their doors to 40,000 young people aged 11+ to inform and inspire them about the opportunities in the sector and encourage people to take a career in the creative industries who may not have previously been aware of these opportunities.

The National Theatre will be welcoming 130 state secondary school students from across Greater London on Wednesday 20th November to an action-packed day that will shine a light on backstage and offstage roles to inspire the next generation of talent.

Students taking part in the NT’s Creative Careers Day will take part in demonstrations, workshops and hands-on activities led by top industry professionals across lighting, sound, costume, stage management, prop-making and set design.

The day involves:
A stage management and technical demonstration on the set of The Antipodes in the Dorfman Theatre followed by a Q&A with the backstage team
Practical workshops including creating set models with a Designer, building sound boards with the NT’s Head of Sound, creating blood bags with the Wigs, Hair and Make-Up team and exploring VR and storytelling in the Immersive Storytelling Studio.

Opportunity for teachers and pupils to talk to current and former apprentices, technical staff and the NT Learning team about career routes and training opportunities
Also during Discover! Creative Careers Week, Make Theatre Days will introduce local primary school pupils to theatre-making and the backstage world of the NT and 14-18-year-olds currently on the NT’s Young Technicians Programme will be learning about off-stage roles from top industry professionals through technical workshops and shadowing opportunities.

The NT will also be participating in industry careers fairs TheatreCraft and Skills London to talk directly with teachers, careers advisors and students about career routes and upcoming opportunities.

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre said, “As the National Theatre, we have a responsibility to do all we can to inspire new talent in theatre and across the arts sector. There are so many talented individuals across many different departments that are vital to the running of a theatre so by taking part in Discover! Creative Careers Week we hope to make careers in the creative sector more accessible to a wider range of people and keep inspiring the next generation of creative talent”.

Syeda Bukhari, former NT Prop Making Apprentice and current freelance prop maker said, “During my apprenticeship I learnt skills from metalwork and carpentry to sculpture, which has given me a strong foundation for my career. I knew I wanted to take on a more practical approach to learning rather than university, without the burden of student debt. I’d encourage every young person to consider an apprenticeship if you are looking to be a part of the creative industry. Nothing replaces the hands-on experience and real-life working environment an apprenticeship provides, not to mention the qualifications you gain along with it. No two days are ever the same in my job, and that’s what I love about it.

The National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone. It aims to reach the widest possible audience and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible with a broad range of productions that play in London, on tour around the UK, on Broadway and across the globe. The National Theatre’s extensive UK-wide learning and participation programme supports young people and schools through performance and writing programmes like Connections, New Views and Let’s Play, while Public Acts creates ambitious new works of participatory theatre in sustained partnership with theatres and community organisations around the country. The National Theatre extends its reach through digital programmes including NT Live, which broadcasts some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries, and the National Theatre Collection, which makes recordings of shows available to UK schools and the global education sector. The National Theatre invests in the future of theatre by developing talent, creating bold new work and building audiences, partnering with a range of UK theatres and theatre companies.

About Discover! Creative Careers Week
Discover! Creative Careers Week 2019 is a brand-new initiative that will see over 500
employers across the creative industries opening their doors to thousands of students across England from 18 – 22 November. Discover! Creative Careers Week is part of the Creative Careers Programme (CCP), a programme of practical activities and resources that aims to diversify and increase the number of young people entering into the creative industries. It has been kick-started with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and has been shaped and supported directly by creative businesses, institutions, trade bodies and individuals across England. Together, we will ensure that careers in the creative economy are more accessible to a wider range of people and that we maximise the creative talent of the next generation.

The Creative Careers Programme is being delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills, ScreenSkills and the Creative Industries Federation in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and Speakers for Schools.

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