RET FUTURES is the Royal Exchange Theatre's ground-breaking programme of theatre skills experience and training for 18-25 year olds not able to access traditional training routes including undergraduate degree courses.
We believe that an increasing number of young people are not pursuing training in the arts because they, or their families, cannot afford it or do not see it as a viable employment option. We want to take a lead in making a theatre industry that is diverse, dynamic, non-elitist and representative of society.
In August 2015 we launched a pilot RET Futures work placement opportunity for 10 young adults aged 18-25 to get an insight into working in theatre. This five-day creative experience focused on workshops, work shadowing and opportunities to work alongside Exchange staff in the following areas: Sound, Lighting, Marketing, Wardrobe, Stage Management, Props and Settings, and Producing.