From Wednesday 21 October 2015 to Friday 23 October 2015, three of our current Y10 GCSE Drama students: Maia Lockwood, Rebecca Noyes and Cole Green, joined 27 other students in Stratford-upon-Avon to work with RSC staff and creatives to gain an insight into the RSC’s theatre-making process and gain an understanding of the broad range of careers in the wider theatre industry. The ‘Backstage Pass’ pilot work experience programme for 14-18 year-old will be an opportunity for students to:
- Learn about different job roles within the theatre
- Develop useful skills, such as time-management, communication and presentation skills
- Experience an application process and receive support on how to write a Curriculum Vitae
- Collaborate as part of a team of peers to achieve a specific production task
- Work closely with RSC staff and creatives, who will offer knowledge and experience of their job roles within the Company and within the production process, and who will act as mentors throughout the three-day programme.
Students will attend every day from 9am to 5.30pm and also have the opportunity to see a matinee performance of Henry V. The programme will enable our three students to work to gain an insight into the production process of this play. They will then use this knowledge to take on their own production role within a team guided by RSC staff and creatives, in order to present their ideas on how they might stage a scene from Henry V.
We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have our students involved as the RSC have specifically chosen to pilot their new work experience residency programme with their Hull partners.