OUR JANUARY WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK IS OPEN TO ANYBODY AGED 16 – 19 WITH A PASSION FOR THEATRE AND EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES

You'll spend a week observing, learning from and working with the professionals behind the scenes at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Our January week runs between Monday 7 – Friday 11 January between 10:00am – 16:30pm each day. You must be available for all 5 days and be from Greater Manchester to be considered for a place.

To apply, please complete our online application form HERE.

Application deadline: 12pm Friday 12 October

Please note, we will aim to respond to all applications by Friday 26 October.

  • WHAT HAPPENS DURING BEHIND THE SCENES WORK WEEK?
  • This one-week course will comprise of a series of workshops led by staff from across the Royal Exchange Theatre Company and will cover areas such as Sound, Lighting, Wardrobe, Stage Management, Front of House and much more. Towards the end of week you will put all you have learnt into practice, working behind the scenes, creating a production.

    During the week, you will have the opportunity to see a professional production at the Royal Exchange Theatre, and achieve your Bronze Arts Award. For more information on Arts Award click here.

  • WHO CAN APPLY?
  • We have two BEHIND THE SCENES WORK WEEK’S during an academic year:

    BTSWW: AGE 16-19 - anyone aged between 16 and 19 who is not in Year 11 or studying at degree level. (If you are in Year 11 at school or studying at degree level you are NOT eligible to apply.)

    BTSWW: AGE 14-16 - anyone who is in Year 10 or Year 11 is eligible to apply for the week.

    Before applying to take part, please make sure that you can commit to attending all five days (10am-4:30pm). It is also essential that you gain permission from your parents/carers if you are under the age of 18 years. All the sessions will take place at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester city centre.

  • HOW DO I APPLY?
  • We recruit in September for our January week and again in the new year for our Summer week. The application consists on an online application form which should take no longer than 5 minutes to fill out. We may then also contact your reference prior to offering you a place on the week.

    If you require any additional support in completing our online form, please don’t hesitate to contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  • HOW DO YOU SELECT?
  • Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee a place on BEHIND THE SCENES WORK WEEK to everybody who applies. We aim to select those who we feel will benefit the most from the experience. We will be looking for a balanced mix of young people from different areas of Greater Manchester. Because we are funded by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), we will prioritise young people who live within the Greater Manchester districts.

  • DO YOU RECRUIT AT ANY OTHER TIME DURING THE YEAR?
  • We host a second BEHIND THE SCENES WORK WEEK in the summer term which is open to 14 - 16 year olds. Applications for this week will open in Janruary 2019.

    BEHIND THE SCENES WORK WEEK has been designed in response to the large number of requests that we receive for school and college work experience opportunities, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate work experience outside of these weeks.

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T GET OFFERED A PLACE?
  • We will add everyone who has applied for the BEHIND THE SCENES WORK WEEK to our mailing list and keep in touch about any other projects or opportunities which come up. We would also encourage you to apply again next year.

These FREE courses have been designed in response to the large number of requests that we receive for school and college work experience opportunities.

We offer two different BTSWW each year and dates 2019 will be announced this Autumn 2018.

To be added to the mailing list for 2019 please click here and select 'Creative Opportunities' to sign up.


Unfortunatley, we are unable to accommodate work experience outside of these weeks.

For further information about Behind The Scenes Work Week please contact Rebecca Finley on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0161 615 6750.


Unfortunately, we're not able to offer individual work experience to adults.