Theatre


Live music is an essential element to musical theatre. Images: Britten Sinfonia

A musician in musical theatre

Live music is a key part of musical theatre. But tighter budgets can mean reduced band sizes, or even the automation of music altogether. 3 tips for breaking into musical theatre:


Because street theatre is so visual, costumes are very important.

Performing street theatre

Jacqui Papay is a senior performer with the internationally-renowned Natural Theatre Company in Bath. She performs visually engaging comic scenarios in a wide range of outdoor venues, UK and abroad.


Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at the Royal Opera House

Building a costume career

Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at The Royal Opera House. She describes how she got into the industry, with advice for people wanting to get into costume careers.


Simon Lovelace founded CrewClass in an effort to provide greater access to backstage training.

Getting into backstage work

Simon Lovelace, founder of technical crew training company Crewclass, has seven tips for finding backstage technical work.


Greenbelt festival is a liberal Christian arts festival with comedy, speakers and big bands.

Running a festival

Rachel Stringer is a producer and programmer of live events. She has programmed events for 21,000 people, including theatre, film, dance, youth events and workshops.


The Little Mermaid was one of The Rep's theatre productions.

Lighting up the stage

Lighting technicians set up and operate lighting equipment during theatre productions. Both creative and technical, they can use lights to achieve a variety of effects to dramatically alter the mood and shape of a performance.


Pauline Brandt is an audio describer in theatre.

Audio description for theatre

Theatre audio describer Pauline Brandt discusses working backstage in 'a cross between poetry and live broadcast'.


Jodie studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Jodie Whittaker, actress

Actress Jodie Whittaker has worked with Peter O'Toole, Viggo Mortensen and Cillian Murphy. Graduating the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she has worked in cinema, theatre and television.


Andy Field is co-director of Forest Fringe, an independent mini-festival that takes place during the Edinburgh Fringe.

On the fringe of the Fringe

Andy Field is co-director of Forest Fringe, an independent mini-festival that takes place during the Edinburgh Fringe. He spoke to Creative Choices about striking out on your own.


Katrina Gilroy is Production Manager at the National Theatre.

Theatre production manager

Katrina Gilroy is Production Manager at the National Theatre. She describes the theatre production process and the role of production manager.


Alison has worked with deaf and hard of hearing theatre practitioners to develop a series of signs for technical theatre terminology.

Sign language for theatre

Alison Pottinger became interested in signing for theatre after stage managing a signed performance. She spoke about the skills it requires, and the opportunities signing opens up for performers and audiences.


Shazia Mirza took several years to support herself through comedy.

Shazia Mirza, stand-up comic

Comedian Shazia Mirza offers advice for aspiring performers.


The world of theatre contains a very wide range of careers aside from acting. (Image: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Getting started with theatre

Susan Elkin is the author of 'So You Want To Work In Theatre?’ – a guide for young people who want to work in the theatre world. She shared five pieces of advice about careers in theatre.


Owain Arthur (Francis Henshall) in One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Photo credit Johan Persson

Getting started in acting

Owain Arthur played Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End. Initially James Corden’s understudy, he spoke about how he got his first West End lead.


Veronica Berg trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

A career in stage management

Veronica Berg moved from Sweden to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Five years after graduating, she has worked on shows and tours all around Britain and abroad.


Theatre companies are exploring pervasive media

Pervasive media

Katie Day spoke to Creative Choices about pervasive media, the current climate for public funding and the arts, and what she'll bring back from her Peach Placement.


Theatre education practitioner

Alice Barclay is a Globe Education Practitioner. She spoke about her role at the theatre, her career journey so far and gives three tips for others looking to get into the industry.


Wind Shadow performed by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Photo by LIU Chen-hsiang.

Admin producer at The Barbican

Malin Forbes works for Barbican International Theatre Events (BITE). When first trying to break into theatre, she spent two years living hand-to-mouth.


Paul Alborough performs as Professor Elemental, delivering his hip-hop in a comedic way.

Finding your performance niche

Paul Alborough performs as Professor Elemental, a steampunk and 'chap hop' performer. He describes leaving full-time work to pursue his creative career, with advice for performers on developing a niche.


After learning the record aged 7, Arun soon discovered the clarinet. Photo: William Ellis

Earning a living from jazz

After discovering the recorder at school, Arun Ghosh became a jazz clarinettist, theatre composer, and music teacher. He spoke about his career, and the challenge of earning a living from several jobs.


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