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We offer some great work experience opportunities across Theatre Royal Plymouth. Through these opportunities, we aim to help you make informed decisions about the breadth of the industry, and also about the arts sector.

Throughout the year we will be advertising a variety of individual placements, along with details of how to apply. If you’re interested in working in theatre, developing new skills and being part of a large creative team, our opportunities will be perfect for you.

This Land

Work experience opportunities

What is it?

In June 2020, Theatre Royal Plymouth will stage This Land, our first ever international community production. This Land is an epic theatrical event marking the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey and its impact upon arrival in America.

Created and performed by 120 citizens of Plymouth, UK and 30 members of the Native American Wampanoag Tribe from Massachusetts, USA, This Land is the story of what happened then and what it means to us now.

Witness the making of history with this unique and vital piece of theatre, which brings together communities from both sides of the Atlantic.

With text by Nick Stimson and songs written and performed by Seth Lakeman.

We are seeking volunteer work experience placements for This Land. 

When is it?

You will need to be available for evenings and weekends between 14th April and 22nd June and for the full production week as required.

Please see our work experience opportunities below and information on how to apply. 

This Land

Company Manager Assistant

This role will work closely with the Assistant to the Company Manager to support the community cast during rehearsals and production week.

  Responsibilities will include:

  • Shadowing the Assistant to the Company Manager – supporting good communication with the community cast
  • Assisting with maneuvering large groups around the rehearsal space and theatre
  • Providing pastoral support for the community cast alongside the Assistant to the Company Manager and Company Manager
  • Contributing to a well-organised, clean, efficient and safe working environment for the Creative team and community cast
  • Assist the Assistant to the Company Manager and Company Manager in the event of emergency or fire evacuations
  • Play an active role in the life of the production

This work experience placement is a development opportunity that offers invaluable insight into a professional theatre production. We will take every care to ensure that your experience with us will be enjoyable and rewarding.

Apply here

Please complete our work experience application form above and send it to us with an up to date CV by Midday on Friday 20th March 2020 to workexperience@theatreroyal.com

Informal interviews will take place week commencing 23rd March 2020. For further details please contact Sara Rhodes, Engagement Manager on 01752 230378 or email sara.rhodes@theatreroyal.com

This Land

Assistant Stage Manager x 2

The work experience Assistant Stage Managers will work closely with the Stage Management team to support the work of the Director, Alan Lane and wider Creative team during rehearsals and production week.  Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Assistant Stage Managers with setting up and servicing rehearsals
  • Supporting the Assistant Stage Managers in sourcing, constructing and maintaining props and furniture
  • Shadowing the setting up and running of shows
  • Contributing to fit-ups, get outs and technical rehearsals as required
  • Contributing to maintaining a clean, tidy and safe working environment
  • Undertake any further duties as may be reasonably requested

This work experience post is a development opportunity that offers invaluable work experience in a professional theatre. We will take every care to ensure that the volunteer’s experience with us will be enjoyable and rewarding.

Apply here

Please complete our work experience application form above and send it to us with an up to date CV by Midday on Friday 20th March 2020 to workexperience@theatreroyal.com

Informal interviews will take place week commencing 23rd March 2020. For further details please contact Sara Rhodes, Engagement Manager on 01752 230378 or email sara.rhodes@theatreroyal.com

National Theatre Connections

Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

Every year, 300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play this year. These plays will be showcased in The Drum theatre from Tuesday 24th March- Saturday 28th.

We are offering a fantastic opportunity to gain hands on experience working with the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s members of staff, in a creative, collaborative setting, supporting the Connections Festival.

Our Engagement and Learning placement will enable our successful candidate to work alongside our vibrant Engagement and Learning team.

Through experiencing a variety of roles, the successful work placement candidate will gain a unique insight into participant engagement, project management and producing.

When is the placement on offer?

This placement takes place from Tuesday 24th March to Saturday 28th March 2020  The successful candidate/s may be expected to be available for the whole festival/ placement, however we will consider applicants who can commit to at least two days of the festival. Candidates will be asked to work a variety of day time and evening shifts and should be flexible with their working availability.

Who we are looking for?

  • Anyone who is a welcoming team player
  • Anyone who is hard working, energetic and enthusiastic.
  • Anyone with a passion for theatre
  • Anyone interested in learning more about the Theatre Royal Plymouth Engagement & Learning work
  • Anyone who is interested in working with young people

What will you gain?

  • The opportunity to gain knowledge of working in a professional theatre environment
  • An insight into Engagement and Learning team roles of a large and busy theatre
  • The opportunity to work with first-class, industry-leading theatre professionals
  • A broad understanding of working with participants, in particular, young people

Apply here

To apply please download the attached application form and return to workexperience@theatreroyal.com

Applications Close: 10am on Friday 20th March

Applications submitted outside of the above window will not be considered.

What happens next?

We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your application by 5pm on Friday 20th March.

If you have any questions or would like any further details please contact us at: workexperience@theatreroyal.com