Learn ‘backstage’ skills on Marine Theatre course

THE Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis is launching an innovative course for young people this September, exploring the world of backstage.

Subsidised places will be available for those aged between 16-25, with the course covering the ins and outs of lighting, sound engineering, and other technical aspects of live events.

In association with local music charity B Sharp, the theatre will run the course for young technicians to provide a creative opportunity and develop new skills in the multiple, and ever-expanding, backstage and technical elements of a venue.

The course will include masterclasses led by industry professionals, hands-on workshop sessions, the chance to shadow the technical team as they stage manage live gigs and to independently manage a full show.

The project has been created to support, nurture, and discover the next generation of technical and stage managers. It has been developed, in part, as a response to the lack of opportunities for local young people – and hopes to make steps toward combating loneliness and provide a safe space in which the participants can build confidence and social skills, particularly in an attempt to improve mental health within the local community.

Additionally, the Young Technicians Course aims to support those young people whose formal education and home life are more complex. The programme is supported by funding from the Arts Council, the Leisure Development Fund, the Dorset Community Impact Fund, and Dorset Leader.

The course will run on Monday evenings from September 21 to November 23, costing £100. The theatre is able to offer discretionary financial aid for some individuals and is looking to fund up to half of the course’s participants.

Applications are now being taken at www.marinetheatre.com

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