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Applications now open for our January opportunity for 16 - 19 year olds! 

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Applications are now OPEN for our January week of 'Behind the Scenes Work Week'! Taking place between Monday 6th - Friday 9th January, this is an opportunity for anyone aged 16 - 19 years of age interested in a career in one of our backstage departments. 

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 our various technical departments 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 in 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. 

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To apply, click HERE

This year, we're trailing accepting applications through 'Our Pass' which is a free bus pass available for all 16 - 18 year olds in Greater Manchester. For more information and to apply, please visit here.

If you have any queries about the week or application process, please contact our Schools Coordinator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0161 615 6750.


These FREE courses have been designed in response to the large number of requests that we receive for school and college work experience opportunities. To be added to the mailing list for future opportunities please click here and select 'Creative Opportunities' to sign up.

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