It’s the final countdown to TheatreCraft 2023. We’re hanging up the bunting in the Royal Opera House, rolling out the banners, and all across the West End theatres are preparing to welcome their future designers, technicians, writers and directors.
So we’re busy, but what about you? To get the most out of TheatreCraft you really need to plan ahead. First things first, you’ll need to make sure you have a ticket for the overall event. You probably registered ages ago, but now you need to click Going, to get your ticket with a QR code to be scanned on the door.
Once that’s done, you can book workshops and demos. This year we have more on offer than ever. At the Sondheim Theatre you’ll find one of last year’s most popular demonstrations, from the Wardrobe and Wigs teams on Hamilton and Les Mis. Interested in period costume? Don’t miss this one. Period!
Meanwhile at the Royal Opera House we’ll have back-to-back demonstrations in the Linbury Theatre, from the in-house experts on Costume, Lighting and Automation, Stage Management and Scenic Art. If you’re not quite sure where to apply your talents in theatre, the Linbury Theatre talks will be full of insight into all these very different and absolutely essential roles.
If you’re thinking about a career in technical theatre or stage engineering, you won’t want to miss Apprenticeships in the Arts Sector, or How I Got Started – Adventures in Technical Theatre, Scenic Arts and Automation, at the Royal Opera House. Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to learn on the job while getting paid, and the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company run two of the biggest apprenticeship programmes in the industry. Find out what it takes to join their programmes, and how an apprenticeship could kick-start your career. TAIT is one of the biggest names in creative engineering, fabrication and stage technology, creating astonishing spectacle for theatre and live events all over the world. Hear from some of their Heads of Department about how they got started in the theatre, and the amazing places it has taken them.
If make and produce your own work, or would like to do so, then Pleasance Theatre will be providing an expert guide to the Edinburgh Fringe. If you’re thinking of heading north of the border next summer, as an audience member or a maker, How to Fringe will be full of essential advice.
Finish off your day by seeing everything put into practice, as the technical teams at the Royal Opera House strip the main stage and completely transform it for the evening show to another. You’ve heard what they do, now watch them do it in the Main Stage Show Change. This is an insight that money can’t buy!
We can’t wait to see you on 20th November. Now….where did we put those lanyards……?