An exciting work experience opportunity for young people aged 16 - 19


Our January Behind the Scenes Work 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. 

Starting the week with introductory workshops, you will recieve masterclasses across Sound, Lighting, Directing, Stage management and Wardrobe to develop your understanding of the behind the scenes processes.

After these introductory workshops, you will pick a specialism that you would like to work in across Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. These three placement days give a more in-depth understanding of the day to day workings of your chosen department and will be vital increasing your understanding of career pathways in the arts! 

The week culminates in a small performance of a text piece, with directing working with our young company members, and all other departments having full access to our resources and expertise to make the sharing on the Friday a real event. Across your week with us, all your work will be documented and accredited by a Bronze Arts Award. 


Our January week runs between Monday 7th – Friday 11th January between 10:00 – 16:30 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 12th October

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

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.