This summer we are showing apprentices from the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House how another theatre works behind the scenes.

We currently have apprentices in carpentry, engineering, prop making, sound, automation, customer service and our children’s nursery. Some of our apprentices have visited other theatres this summer, and other apprentices have come to us.

Flynn is a Carpentry Apprentice just completing his second and final year at the Royal Opera House. His job is constructing scenery, with a mixture of fine joinery and carpentry. He’s visiting the RSC workshops for four weeks at the end of his apprenticeship, before he embarks on a freelance career.

He said: “It’s good to get into a different environment where there are different ways of doing things. It’s really good to learn some different skills and leave your comfort zone. I have come to a place where people are really supportive.”

Carpentry Apprentice Flynn working backstage

Katie is a Running Wardrobe Apprentice, usually based at the Birmingham Royal Ballet. She’s visiting the RSC for two weeks to see how a large theatre operates differently to a ballet company.

Katie studied fashion and textiles at college and always loved sewing. She says: “I wanted to do something that I was really proud of, and working for these theatres and with these costumes, I am.”

Her tasks include checking costumes for damage and maintaining them, helping with fittings, washing and ironing costumes, setting them out for the actors to wear in the show, and doing any quick changes with actors during the show.

 

Running Wardrobe Apprentice Katie checking costumes backstage

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